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The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

6. Didn't Take the Fifth


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Since the first reports of Chicago police torture surfaced a quarter century ago the list has swelled to nearly 200 cases involving dozens of public employees—and still no one has been prosecuted. Now, with the results of a four-year, multimillion dollar investigation due any day, here’s a guide by staff reporter John Conroy to the key figures in the scandal. Some of them may look familiar.

Richard Brzeczek

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RICHARD BRZECZEK, police superintendent when Andrew Wilson was tortured, freely answered the special prosecutor’s questions. The rest of the officers listed here are African-Americans who in depositions have said they suspected torture but were not part of the circle that was inflicting it.

Former superintendent Richard Brzeczek
Former sergeant Doris Byrd
Former detective Melvin Duncan
Former detective William Lacey
Former detective Bill Parker
Former detective Walter Young

An archive of John Conroy's reporting on the police torture scandal is available at

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