Last week, Chicago approved a landmark reparations package for survivors of police torture under police commander Jon Burge, making it the first city in the United States to pass such a deal.
In this video segment, The Real News Network interviews Darrel Cannon, a survivor of police torture who was incarcerated more than two decades as a result of a coerced confession, and Lauren Taylor, an organizer with the organization We Charge Genocide. They reflect on the people power behind the historic victory and its implications for the city and country.
"Personally, the fact that the city has come to grips with this horrific injustice that was done to us is a monument in itself," said Cannon. "And I'm still not satisfied."
"I will continuously say it, that when we started this battle, we had a glass that was empty," Cannon continued. "As a result of everything we've done, and the extraordinary measures that was taken by the city council, our glass is now half full. That is an achievement that no one could ever take from us. They said it couldn't be done. But here in Chicago there's an old saying that if you don't like the weather one day wait till the next, and it'll be something different."