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Oct 31st, 2019

Racism and Police Violence

Flint Taylor, author of The Torture Machine, will discuss his fifty years of fighting against racist police and white supremacist violence, on the 40th anniversary of the massacre of anti-Klan demonstrators in Greensboro.

The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark—and the historic, thirteen-years of litigation that followed—through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, the leader of a torture ring within the CPD that used barbaric methods, including electric shock, to elicit false confessions from suspects.

Flint Taylor is one of the founding members of the People's Law Office (PLO) in Chicago, and has been one of the lawyers in a number of significant police and white supremacist violence cases from the time the PLO was started in 1969 to the present. These cases include a 13 year battle to uncover and expose the truth about the December 4, 1969 assassination of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, the 1985 civil rights trial on behalf of the families and survivors of the 1979 Greensboro massacre of five anti-Klan demonstrators by the KKK and American Nazis, and a 32 year battle to expose a police torture ring in the Chicago Police Department and to obtain redress for its more than 125 victims.

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