Police torture memorial group to hold round table

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CHICAGO (AP) — Four men who say they were tortured by Chicago police decades ago will speak about their experiences and about the effort to create a memorial to torture victims.

CHICAGO (AP) — Four men who say they were tortured by Chicago police decades ago will speak about their experiences and about the effort to create a memorial to torture victims.

The round table is Saturday at Northeastern Illinois University.

David Bates, Darrell Cannon, Mark Clements and Anthony Holmes are scheduled to speak.

All four served years in prison after they say Chicago police, including former Lt. Jon Burge or his men, tortured them into giving false confessions.

Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice last year for lying about the torture of suspects.

Holmes testified at Burge’s trial that he still has nightmares about being shocked and suffocated by police in 1973.

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project is an effort to create a monument to recognize victims.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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