CHICAGO (CN) – Former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge began serving a 4½ year federal prison term Wednesday for lying about police torture. Burge, 63, was sentenced in January for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Burge was commander of the Chicago Police Department’s now-infamous “Midnight Crew” in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was to begin serving his time at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina. Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence there for his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
Also on Wednesday, a judge dismissed charges against Eric Caine, who claims that Burge and officers under his command tortured him into confessing to murder. Caine was expected to be released today (Thursday). His co-defendant was pardoned and released from Death Row 7 years ago.
About 20 men are still in prison, awaiting results of a state investigation of their claims that they were forced to confess under police torture.