Freed Death Row Inmate Files $30 Million Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Aaron Patterson is suing the city of Chicago, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and several other police officers.

His lawsuit seeks at least $30 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Patterson claims he was tortured into falsely confessing to murder after police threatened him with a gun, beat him and tried to suffocate him in 1986.

Patterson was one of four death row inmates pardoned by Ryan shortly before he left the governor's office in January.

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