Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson

falsely sentenced to 40 years

In 1982, the prosecutor of the State of Illinois and several employees of the Chicago Police Department entered into a criminal conspiracy, convicting the innocent Jackie Wilson. They pinned the murder of a policeman on the man, thereby putting him in prison for almost 40 years.

According to Wilson, he was repeatedly tortured by police officers investigating the case. They regularly beat him, demanding him to take all the blame on himself. In the end, the man falsely confessed to the murder, as he believed that the only way for him to leave the prison alive was to give false testimony against him. In 1983, Wilson was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He spent 39 years in prison until a court dropped all charges against him in 2018.

In late June 2021, a man who was wrongfully convicted of killing a police officer and spent decades in prison sued current and former police officers, state prosecutors and city officials, claiming that they conspired to convict him of crimes they knew he did not commit. The lawsuit also accuses them of concealing the torture that forced him to confess.