State's Attorney Race
Seven candidates for Cook County state's attorney sparred at a community forum Sunday, but the biggest presence in the room was the spectre of disgraced former Police Commander Jon Burge.
Attorney James Montgomery, who was on a panel questioning the candidates and who has won big settlements in police misconduct cases, drew shouts of approval as he focused on Burge before the African-American crowd at Trinity United Church of Christ. Special prosecutors have concluded Burge and his underlings tortured suspects.
Burge's "activities" were not unique, Montgomery said. To cries of "You go, Jim," he asked, "Do you feel that police misconduct is a serious problem, and if you do, how will you address that problem?"
And yet, here's comes the Burge train, running over all comers in a State's Attorney race, painting an entire Department as out-of-control torturers jailing an entire generation or two of innocent citizens. What a crock of shit.
Seven idiots spending time debating how to overcome the Statute of Limitations and other nonsense:
Career prosecutors Anita Alvarez and Robert Milan said they had tried and convicted rogue officers. Both were still in college in the Burge era.
Touting a fresh start were Ald. Tom Allen (38th); defense lawyer Tommy Brewer; Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), and Cook County Commissioners Larry Suffredin and Tony Peraica.
Brewer said police perjury is as serious as unjust force. Suffredin said he would reorganize the office to guard against "too cozy a relationship" between certain police and prosecutors.