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Emanuel apologizes in Burge torture cases

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has apologized for police torture of two suspects who will receive millions of dollars in settlement money.

Emanuel apologized Wednesday after the Chicago City Council signed off on a deal to pay more than $12 million in settlements to two men who said they were tortured by police. The settlements approved Wednesday bring the total payouts in the long-running torture cases to more than $80 million. The latest settlements stem from lawsuits by Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves.

Emanuel says the settlement is "a way of saying all of us are sorry about what happened." He said the settlements close "the stain on the city's reputation."

The men claim detectives under former Lieutenant Jon Burge tortured them decades ago into confessing to crimes they didn't commit.

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