Flint Taylor - "The Torture Machine" - Jamie Kalven

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Flint Taylor

"If it was not for Flint Taylor I would still be languishing in prison. He brought hope to a hopeless place.... All the struggles that we lived through are captured in perfect detail here. Thank you, Flint for writing this book." —Darrell Cannon, torture survivor

A discussion with Flint Taylor, author of The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago. He will be joined in conversation by torture survivors Darrell Cannon and Anthony Holmes, which will be moderated by Jamie Kalven. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the Book: With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine.

The Torture Machine 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.

Joining forces with community activists, torture survivors and their families, other lawyers, and local reporters, Taylor and the PLO gathered evidence from multiple cases to bring suit against the CPD officers and the City of Chicago.  As the struggle expanded beyond the torture scandal to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois, and obtained reparations for many of the torture survivors, it set human rights precedents that have since been adopted across the United States.

About the Author: Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago. He is one of the lawyers for the families of slain Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, has represented many survivors of Chicago police torture over the past 30 years and is counsel in several illegal search and wrongful death cases brought against the Milwaukee Police Department.

About the InterlocutorJamie Kalven is a writer and human rights activist. His work has appeared in a variety of publications.  In recent years, he has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago.


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637