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Tortured, Jailed Black Seniors Released–But Denied Social Security After Life In Prison
As they are released, another injustice surfaces.
By Frederick Lowe / New American Media…April 24, 2015… http://www.alternet.org/tortured-jailed-black-seniors-released-denied-social-security-after-life-prison?akid=13039.23062.ur66yG&rd=1&src=newsletter1035438&t=19
In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men, who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit.
Although each man could receive as much as $100,000 before taxes, the settlement points to another major financial roadblock that a corrupt and racist police, prosecutorial and judicial system drops in the path of black men who have been wrongfully convicted.
Loss of Youth–and Social Security
As a result of their arrests, convictions and decades behind bars beginning at young ages, wrongfully convicted men spent their most-productive years in prison. They were prevented from working at jobs that provided pensions and that paid into the Social Security benefits system for their retirement beginning as early as age 62.
Their loss of youth and income in this instance was caused by now disgraced former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates.
Burge and his so-called midnight crew tortured 120 African-American men between 1972 and 1991, using electric shock, mock executions, suffocation and beatings.
The police department finally fired Burge in 1993. He was convicted of perjury in 2010 for lying about having tortured accused men, but not about torture itself because the statute of limitations had expired.
A judge sentenced Burge, former commander of Area 2 and Area 3 on the mostly African American South and West Sides to 4½ years in prison. He was released last October.
During a Finance Committee hearing on April 14 at Chicago City Hall, Stephen R. Patton, Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, said many of them are now seniors. Patton, who oversees civil claims against the city, was a key participant in the deal to pay the men reparations.
The Corporation Counsel’s spokesman said the government department did not have exact demographic data, such as ages, on all the men who would be eligible to receive reparations.
Although the reparations checks will provide a one-time income bump for men who literally have had nothing for decades, that money could quickly run out so they will need a monthly source of regular funds to pay rent, buy food, gas, ride the bus or just to see a movie.
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