Human Rights Work
During the last two decades, NCBL/CHI has been in the forefront in the effort to get justice in the Burge Torture Cases. Chicago police commander Jon Burge, and other officers under his command, tortured of over 100 African-American men into confessing to crimes that they did not commit. Several of these men still languish in Illinois prisons. In an effort to focus international attention on police torture in Chicago, in 2005, Stan Willis led a group of lawyers and community activists to present evidence of police torture before the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2006, NCBL/CHI organized the community based “Black People Against Police Torture “BPAPT” in an effort to involve the Black Community in this human rights struggle. In February 2008, Stan presented evidence of police torture before the United Nations Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination “CERD” in Geneva, Switzerland.