FBI Releases New Files On Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge, Accused Of Torturing 200 Victims

Steve Miller
November 14, 2019 - 5:40 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The FBI released some of its files on Jon Burge who, as a Chicago Police detective and commander, was accused of torturing more than 200 suspects from 1972 to 1991.

According to the files, Jon Burge was suspended by the police department in 1991.  He was later charged with the torture of Andrew Wilson and others.

In the FBI files is a letter from that same year, written by Wilson's lawyer, Flint Taylor, to the then-Chicago Police Superintendent, LeRoy Martin.

"We had heard from an anonymous source within the police department that Burge had threatened to 'blow us away with a shotgun' if he was fired or prosecuted for torturing Andrew Wilson and others," wrote Taylor.

Taylor told WBBM he wanted Burge's threat to be on record. But he said nothing was ever done by police.

He said police asked Burge about the threat and he denied it.  And police closed the file.

"We sent it to the Chicago Superintendent Martin but they asked Burge whether the allegations were true," Taylor told WBBM. "He denied them and then they closed the file."

Burge was eventually sentenced to four-and-a-half years in federal prison. He was released in 2014 and died last year.

Read the full letter below.