Ex-Chicago police commander accused of torture released

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Posted: Feb 13, 2015 4:33 PM
Ex-Chicago police commander accused of torture released

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge has been released from a Florida halfway house after 4 ½ years in federal custody for lying about the torture of suspects.

Darlene Tyler, the residential re-entry manager at the Orlando-area facility, says Burge was released Friday, a day early, because his scheduled release date fell on a weekend.

More than 100 people have accused Burge and officers under his command of shocking, suffocating and beating them into giving false confessions in the 1970s and 1980s.

Burge has never been criminally charged with torture. He was convicted in 2010 of lying about torture in a civil case.

The 67-year-old Burge served most of his sentence in federal prison in North Carolina. He spent the final months at the halfway house.