- Legal and activist groups claim that a special prosecutor's probe into allegations of police torture under former police Commander Jon Burge was insufficient.
As CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports, a highly critical report endorsed by more than 200 groups was released on Tuesday morning. The groups are petitioning for a federal investigation, and believe it's a very real possibility the U.S. Attorney could act where special prosecutors did not.
So this "activist group" can just march in with a completely separate report and demand investigations continue until someone somewhere comes up with a result they like? And that's hardly the most ridiculous point:
- Bowman said the major problems included:
- A lack of criminal indictments of anyone in the case;
- The failure to examine responsibility of the Cook County state's attorney's office that was then run by Mayor Richard M. Daley;
- And not acknowleding the systemic and racist nature of the torture.
Um...didn't the report find that the statute of limitations had expired? Therefore the criminal indictment point is moot. The mayor is on record denying over and over again that he knew anything about torture in Area 2. So be it on that count - more lawsuits aren't going to shake that tree. And acknowledging the torture was systemic and racist? Please. Systemic? Maybe. Racist? That would imply that Burge targeted members of a certain ethnic minority based simply on the color of their skin. Call us naive, but we're pretty sure that Burge targeted people who were probably described in the case reports. Racism is a stretch in this case.