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The story of Michael Tillman makes you cheer and shudder. After being tortured into a confession for a rape he didn’t commit, he is a free man. But the question is how many other men are in prison right now for crimes they didn’t commit. Police in Chicago and other major cities are notorious for torturing black men into false confessions and sending them away for life. Maybe it’s time to revisit the last 30 years and start making things right on a massive scale. This can be done in Washington, but we have to go ask for it.
KultureKritic.com tells the story:
Michael Tillman spent more than 20 years in prison after he was accused of the rape and murder of a South Side Chicago woman in 1986. Tillman confessed to the crime, but only after he was tortured by police detectives. Officers allegedly hit Tillman with their fists with a phone book, threatened to kill him and even held a plastic bag over his head. Tillman recanted the confession just days later.
Tillman was still convicted of the murder even though police discovered another man with the woman’s car and the murder weapon, and whose DNA was found on a soda can near her body, according to city Corporation Counsel Steve Patton.