The Chicago City Council has approved a $5.5 million reparation package for victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.
More than 100 African-American men were victims of police brutality between 1972 and 1991. In many cases, victims were tortured into making false confessions, leading to wrongful convictions and prison sentences.
The reparations ordinance is the first of its kind in the country. Niala Boodhoo, host of “The Afternoon Shift” on WBEZ in Chicago, speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.
This segment aired on May 6, 2015.