Lecture: 'Racist and Systemic Police Violence, Chicago Style'
October 5, 2016
Room: Annex 231
UMass Amherst Campus
The History Department's Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series presents a lecture by longtime civil rights attorney Flint Taylor.
Taylor will discuss police torture and violence in Chicago, focusing on the 1969 assassination of Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, the torture of African-American suspects by police commander Jon Burge and the recent videotaped police killing of Laquan McDonald.
Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, which has been dedicated to litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct, and death penalty cases for 45 years.
Among the landmark cases that Taylor has litigated are the Fred Hampton Black Panther case; the Greensboro, North Carolina case against the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis; the Ford Heights Four case in which four innocent men received a record $36 million settlement for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment; and a series of cases arising from a pattern and practice of police torture and cover-up by former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, former State’s Attorney Richard Devine, and numerous other police and government officials, five of which have been settled against the City of Chicago and Cook County for a total of approximately $26 million.
Taylor is an accomplished appellate advocate, and has successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as numerous cases before Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Illinois Supreme Court.
In 2002 he was named by Chicago Magazine as one of Chicago’s “30 Toughest Lawyers;” and by his peers as a “Leading Lawyer” in 2003, and 2015, as a “Super Lawyer” in 2007, 2008, and 2009, in 2015 as a member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and in 2016 as a “Top Lawyer” in the Global Directory of Who’s Who.
This event is co-sponsored by Legal Studies, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, the Commonwealth Honors College, Anthropology, Afro-American Studies, the Pre-Law Advising Office, and Western Mass ACLU.