Richard M. Daley - Cook County State's Attorney (1981-1989) - Police Torture Reported To Daley, 1982

Police Torture Reported To Daley, 1982

In February 1982, Andrew Wilson was arrested for the murder of two Chicago police officers, William Fahey and Richard O'Brien. Wilson was taken to Area 2 detective headquarters on the South Side for interrogation under Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge. Dr. John Raba, Medical Director of Cermak Health Services, the prison hospital in the Cook County Hospital system, later examined Wilson, determined Wilson had been tortured, and quickly complained to then Chicago Police Superintendent Richard Brzeczek in a letter:

"I examined Mr. Andrew Wilson on Feb. 15 & 16, 1982. He had multiple bruises, swellings and abrasions on his face and head. His right eye was battered and had a superficial laceration. Andrew Wilson had several linear blisters on his right thigh, right cheek and anterior chest which were consistent with radiator burns. He stated he'd been cuffed to a radiator and pushed into it. He also stated that electrical shocks had been administered to his gums, lips and genitals. All these injuries occurred prior to his arrival at the Jail. There must be a thorough investigation of this alleged brutality."

Brzeczek forwarded that letter to Cook County State's Attorney Daley. Daley never replied. Charges were never brought against any officers. Daley's prosecutors obtained murder convictions of Wilson and his brother Jackie, and Andrew Wilson was sentenced to death. On April 2, 1987 the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the convictions, ruling that Wilson was forced to confess involuntarily after being beaten by police.

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