Meet civil rights attorney Flint Taylor, author of The Torture Machine, and learn the dark history of police torture under Jon Burge—as well as the long road to justice. The title has two meanings. One is the black box used to deliver electric shocks to suspects at Area 2 and Area 3 police stations under former Commander Jon Burge. The other refers to the political, judicial and bureaucratic machinery that allowed police torture to go unpunished for decades, undermining justice, sending innocent men to Death Row and seriously damaging the trust between the police prosecutors and black residents of Chicago.
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.