For release July 6, 2020
Download a copy of this release here.
For interviews with police torture survivors or their families or for more information contact: Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 or Kristie Herman 508-733-4569
March and Caravan on Governor Pritzker
Friday, July 10 at 4 pm, the Thompson Center
Free Gerald Reed and All Police Torture Survivors!
Free Them All!
COVID-19 is racing through Illinois prisons. There are hundreds of Black and Brown men in them who are there only because they were tortured by police and forced to confess to crimes. Most are older and have serious medical conditions.
Gov. Pritzker: This is a no-brainer. Free these men NOW! Let them out of Illinois prison death traps!
The Governor’s own Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission has already said that the cases of 36 of them are credible, that they were tortured. That includes Gerald Reed, whose original conviction was overturned because of evidence of torture, but who remains in prison. Free these men NOW!
This Friday the families of police torture survivors and others wrongfully convicted along with supporters from communities all over the city will converge in cars and on foot at the Thompson Center office of Governor J. B. Pritzker to press these demands.
For the Facebook event on this action go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/312310743132147/
For a short video on Gerald Reed and background on the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST), visit our virtual newsroom: https://www.caarpr.org/free_them_all_newsroom
For information about police torture survivor Gerald Reed, go to the following sources: