….Thousands of lives were ruined because these black men were tortured into admitting to crimes. Hundreds of children and family members probably had their lives change for the worse because they did not have the financial nor social benefit of having fathers, husbands, sons or uncles around.
….The Innocence Project estimates that, of the 254 men cleared using DNA evidence, almost 25 percent gave false confessions.
This can and does happen in America. Not surprisingly, Taylor believes Burge learned his techniques after being imprisoned in a POW camp in Vietnam.
….”So there has to be an understanding that what we’re dealing with here is a microcosm of what’s going on and isn’t going on nationally, in terms of prosecutions, in terms of restorative justice, in terms of dealing with the victims and the survivors of torture, and compelling the court system and the powers that be to deal responsibly and thoroughly and in a just manner with the whole scope of torture as an issue, both nationally and locally,” Taylor said.
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