A Chicago Police Officer tortured more than 200 suspected criminals to get false confessions out of them!
Jon Burge is a decorated military veteran. He has earned a purple heart, bronze star, two Army Commendation Medals for valor for pulling wounded men to safety while under enemy fire.
He served in Vietnam, and claims to have never taken part in the brutal interrogations that took place during the war. He was honorably discharged on August 25, 1969.
Burge joined the Chicago Police force in 1970, and he seemed like the perfect candidate for the job. However, allegations that Burge was torturing suspects began to arise in 1972.
Suspected criminals were making claims that Burge would handcuff them to objects for days at a time, shooting pets, and holding a gun to the head of minors.
After many investigations, including one involving a man who was burned and beaten severely, who had to be hospitalized as a result of his wounds while in police custody, it was found that Burge had tortured around 200 suspected criminals, most of which were either black and hispanic.
Burge was convicted on October 21, 2008 and faces up to 40 years in prison.