Aaron Cheney demonstrates outside the federal courthouse where former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was attending a hearing on charges he obstructed justice and committed perjury for lying while under oath during a 2003 civil trial about decades-old Chicago police torture allegations October 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Burge cannot be charged for the torture of suspects because the federal statute of limitations for the crime has expired.

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57 victims received payment from the city. 

Lauren Porter
Jan, 06, 2016

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that decades after police tortured 57 people, the victims have received payment from the city for the damage done.

Chicago to Offer $5 Million in Reparations to Victims of Police Brutality

The innocent inviduals were tortured by former corrupt police commander Jon Burge and several other members of the police force by methods of suffocation, shock, and physical harm in order to secure false confession statements beginning in the 1970s and into 90s.

City Council members approved the payment package, a move Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported wholeheartedly.

"Reparations is not a necessity," Emanuel stated. "But it is a moral compunction and a moral reckoning to right a wrong. There is no statute of limitations on that."

Although the statute of limitations involving Burge's torture had expired before a case conviction could be made, he was incarcerated in 2010 on crimes perjury in a civil case for four years.

Most of the victims received checks that totaled $100,000.