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Fighting the torture machine: On the past and present of Chicago police violence.


Who do the police serve and protect? Do they serve and protect people, or the communities they patrol - or do they serve and protect property and the powerful interests of the city and the government? So if you want to spread the blame around, we can go right back to White supremacy, we can go right back to the whole economic system and the power structure in this city.

Attorney Flint Taylor reviews a half-century career fighting police violence in Chicago - from his work pursuing justice for assassinated Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, and his role uncovering the crimes of torture ring-leader Jon Burge, to winning financial and institutional reparations for the victims (and victimized communities) under the CPD's forceful regime.

Flint is author of The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago from Haymarket Books.

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Flint Taylor

Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago.


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