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"This is what we'll do to you" - Jon Burge, Fred Hampton and the threat of police violence.


The assassination of Fred Hampton told the people how far the police would go to deal with an important and charismatic radical leader. In the same way, torture by Burge told the community ‘this is what we’ll do to you.

Attorney Flint Taylor explains how racism by the police manifests itself in large-scale policies like stop and frisk and individual instances of brutality, all with the same goal – to intimidate black citizens.

Flint just wrote the In These Times piece To Catch a Torturer: One Attorney’s 28-Year Pursuit of Racist Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.

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Flint Taylor

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


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