Victims who were tortured in the 1970s and 1980s by the Chicago police are due to get reparation as the city of Chicago has begun a $5.5 million payout to nearly 60 individuals.
The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel, made the announcement of the reparation dole out on Tuesday following the enduring tensions between citizens and the police force over recent events.
Following the public constant condemnation of police brutality and racist-treatment of people of color, the Chicago Police Department is faced with a public relations hurdle. According to Reuters, the accidental fatal shooting of Bettie Jones, has greatly broadened the ongoing rift in the city
Last May, aldermen in the nation’s third-largest city approved the payments to 57 people tortured by police in the 1970s and 1980s and agreed to make other reparations such as a memorial.
The torture, mostly of blacks, took place under former Commander Jon Burge, who was fired in 1983 and later convicted of lying about police torture in testimony he gave in civil lawsuits.
“We stand together as a city to try and right those wrongs, and to bring this dark chapter of Chicago’s history to a close,” Emanuel said in a statement on Tuesday.
The payments were announced amid almost daily protests over police treatment of minority suspects, following the release of a video in late November showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. Reuter reports.
The reparation payout which is perceived to quell further issues has been greatly applauded. However, Bettie Jones’ family has launched a lawsuit against the city and proceedings are to continue in the coming months as open investigations into police brutality and use of force are in progress.