Sgt. Burge Arrested

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The October 2008 edition of the Public i detailed the
systematic torture perpetrated by Chicago Police officer
Jon Burge and other officers under his command
from 1972 to 1993.
On October 21, 2008, Sergeant Burge was arrested
at his home in Tampa on two counts of obstruction of
justice and one count of perjury. The charges allege
that Burge lied under oath in a November 2003 civil
suit that stated Burge and other officers tortured
African American suspects.
US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald has said the
investigation is continuing and more charges may be
filed against Burge and other officers. As Fitzgerald
stated at the arrest press conference: “No person is
above the law and nobody—even a suspected murderer—
is beneath its protection.”

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