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Attorney: Chicago police torture report ready for release

The Associated Press

CHICAGO- A special prosecutor appointed four years ago to investigate allegations of police torture in Chicago said Friday that a report stemming from the probe will be ready for release in a few weeks.

Robert D. Boyle made the announcement in a courtroom before Cook County Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel. While Boyle did not give a specific timeframe for the report's release, he said it would likely come before July 20, the next scheduled court date in the case.

The development follows a June 20 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court to deny a request to block portions of the report. The last remaining legal roadblock was cleared when another Cook County judge made a ruling favorable to the report's release in a related case Friday morning.

Biebel appointed special prosecutors Boyle and Edward J. Egan four years ago to investigate allegations that Chicago police homicide detectives in the 1970s and 1980s tortured 192 black men in interrogation rooms. The investigation has cost $5.5 million.

Allegations have been around for years that detectives under the command of Lt. Jon Burge in the Area 2 violent crime unit elicited confessions from suspects by beating them, playing mock Russian roulette, using electric shock and starting to smother at least one with a typewriter cover.

No one has ever been charged, but Burge was fired after a police board found that a murder suspect was abused while in his custody. Meanwhile, the allegations have drawn attention from human rights groups around the United States and prompted several of the alleged victims to file civil lawsuits.

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