Justice for William
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In the midst of the recent publicized misconduct of police officers, let's not forget that this has ALWAYS been an issue, especially with the Chicago Police Department. William Clarke was falsely convicted in the 2003 shooting death of Victor "Tooney" Pineda. He was picked up by Area 5 police on November 20, 2003 where he was later beaten, starved and held in police custody for 27 hours (all 27 hours of the interrogation were not recorded) until he was forced to give a concocted confession provided by detectives with the promise that he would be released. Prior to this arrest, William maintained a clean record and had just enrolled in school.
Detective James Gillespie and Detective Greg Swiderek, were the two detectives assigned to bring the actual perpetrator to justice but, instead relied on physical force to influence a false confession. On record, the city has paid out $273,000.00 to four individuals on behalf of Detective Greg Swiderek. All stating in their cases that Swiderek used methods of threats and intimidation, witness manipulation, and excessive force to persuade these individuals to make a false confession. ( http://projects.chicagoreporter.com/settlements/officer/17592/ )
There have been witnesses to Victor's murder that state William was not the shooter or involved at all. In fact, the witness who was forced to point William out in a line up has recanted his statement and testified to William's innocence.
This petition was made to help bring William home and bring awareness to police brutality. We need our community and supporters to unify and help bring William home. These types of injustices will continue to go on if the departments, officers and detectives are not held accountable.
As of recently, the Innocence Project has made Williams case a priority.
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