Police Torture: News and Publications

$22M Verdict for Man Beaten and Locked in Closet by East Cleveland Detective

On Tuesday, May 31 2016, a Cuyahoga County, Ohio jury returned a verdict in the amount of $22 million for Arnold Black, who in 2012 was severely beaten by detective Randy Hicks. Hicks had erroneously identified Black's truck as one he had been tipped off would contain a kilogram of cocaine, and when he realized his mistake, he began to punch Black in the face and head. Hicks' partner, patrol officer Jonathan O'Leary, held Black upright during the assault.

$300K Award in Gracey v. Goss Case

On January 12, 2013, Pennsylvania State Police engaged Stephen R. Gracey in a dangerous vehicle pursuit near Scotland in Franklin County, P.A. Police were able to disable Gracey's vehicle; tackling and slamming him facedown to the ground. During the assault, some PA state troopers watched on while others restrained him. Several troopers piled on top of Gracey after he was down, one trooper admitted to striking him with a closed fist and kneeing him in the back.

$150K Settlement and Criminal Conviction for Excessive Use of Force by Lancaster, PA Sergeant

On March 8, 2014, an incident occurred that resulted in Steve Widdowson being arrested by Sgt. Ray Corll and charged with Public Drunkenness. During the course of the arrest, Sgt. Corll struck Mr. Widdowson. Widdowson’s friend, Tami Jones, was also cited and arrested for public drunkenness. Widdowson filed a complaint with the Lancaster Bureau of Police (LBP) alleging that the force used by Corll was excessive. The Lancaster Police Bureau investigated and concluded that Mr.

NYC Pays 450K Settlement to Prisoner Assaulted by Rikers Guards

On August 31, 2015, New York City agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement to Robert Hinton, who in 2012 was subjected to a brutal beating by five corrections officers and their captain in a solitary confinement unit for men classified as mentally ill at the Rikers Island jail complex. The aggressors beat Hinton's face so severely that his nose was broken and his eyes swollen shut; after their attempts to cover up the beating did not meet with success, they were fired this past January.

Murder Conviction Overturned in Burge Related Case

The Illinois Appellate Court overruled a former Cook County judge and threw out the murder conviction of a man who was tortured by a detective who had worked under former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge (see more about Burge in other recent news items below).

The court found evidence that former Chicago police Detective James Pienta, who took the confession of Mr. Whirl, and had also invoked his Fifth Amendment right at Whirl's most recent hearing, had long been involved in the torture of suspects. Whirl pleaded guilty to murder after he was tortured into making a false confession.

Reparations: A Blueprint to Address Systemic Police Violence

Joey Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office who has represented Burge torture survivors for the last 18 years.  Mogul co-founded the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and drafted the original reparations ordinance. Here is a piece by Joey entitled Reparations: A Blueprint to Address Systemic Police Violence.

Chicago Reparations Ordinance to Compensate Victims of Police Torture

Civil rights attorney and NPAP member Joey Mogul of People’s Law Office spoke during a news conference after a City Council vote made Chicago the nation’s first city to approve reparations for victims of police torture.

Over a period of nearly 20 years, Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his “midnight crew” tortured at least 119 people, forcing them to make confessions.

Report on the Failure of Special Prosecutors Edward J. Egan and Robert D. Boyle to Fairly Investigate Systemic Police Torture in Chicago

Andrea J. Ritchie and Joey L. Mogul
This April 2007 report, supported by over 200 individuals and organizations, exposes the countless shortcomings of a biased inquiry into the Chicago torture cases by special prosecutors Edward J. Egan and Robert D. Boyle.