CHICAGO – Two men who accused a former Chicago police officer of torturing them into confessing to crimes decades ago say they still have nightmares about the abuse.
Melvin Jones and Anthony Holmes gave emotional testimony Thursday at the sentencing hearing for Jon Burge.
Burge was convicted in June of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about the torture of suspects.
Jones and Holmes say they’re haunted by memories of being suffocated and electrically shocked by Burge and his men, and then not believed for years.
And both men say their lives and families were changed forever by the abuse and their wrongful convictions.
Holmes says he’s glad Burge was convicted. He says that unlike the innocent men who were tortured, Burge actually committed the crimes he was charged with.