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Martin, former CPD superintendent, dies at 84

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Associated Press

Chicago police say a former superintendent who led the department under two mayors died this weekend at age 84.

LeRoy Martin joined the force in 1955 and was top cop from 1987 until 1992. He died Saturday from heart failure in Dyer, Ind.

The department confirmed his death, releasing a statement extending its "sincerest condolences."

Martin worked for mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley and was the second African-American to lead the agency. He oversaw the department while detectives were accused of torturing suspects -- nearly all of them black.

The Southtown Star says Martin received a report about the attacks led by former Cmdr. Jon Burge, but dismissed it initially, saying the report had "flawed and unsubstantiated" methodology.

But he later ordered hearings that led to Burge's dismissal.

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