Book Talk: The Long History of Racism and Police Violence in Chicago (and America)

Taylor displays anonymous letters that tipped him off to a police torture ring. The letters would launch him on a 22-year odyssey. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Legendary Civil Rights lawyer and co-founder of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, Flint Taylor presents his recently published book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago. In addition to describing his work to uncover the use of torture in the Chicago Police Department, Taylor will discuss his involvement in other landmark Civil Rights cases, including the 1969 state-sponsored murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton and the 1979 Greensboro Massacre. Taylor connects each of these cases through what one reviewer calls “a dissection of foundational racism in the [American] criminal justice system.”

Taylor will be introduced by Virginia Humanities Fellow Aran Shetterly.

Books will be for sale by New Dominion Bookshop and there will be a book signing with Taylor following the presentation.

This event is free for all to attend, and registration is suggested, via Eventbrite. Parking at the Jefferson School City Center is free, though limited and not guaranteed.

Co-sponsored by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center; Power, Violence, & Inequality Collective; Virginia Humanities; and New Dominion Bookshop.