Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people. Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as previously disclosed, the Guardian can now reveal.
From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal police records show. Activists Swarm Homan Square, Demand Probe of Chicago’s Police “Black Site”
Later, dozens of protesters marched through nearby streets.
During Saturday’s demonstration, organizers called on people to come forward if their rights have ever been violated by police. “We need you to come forth and tell us yes you have been a victim of abuse,” one organizer said, according to USA Today. “Please come forward and let the people know so we can take some action.” Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP. Homan Square protesters demand answers over Chicago police 'black site'
More than 100 activists and community leaders rallied in Chicago on Saturday to call for official investigations into and even a shutdown of Homan Square, the police facility at the centre of allegations over unconstitutional abuse and a growing protest movement known as #Gitmo2Chicago.
Less than a week after a Guardian investigation uncovered detailed accounts from Chicago citizens who said they were abused and detained without access to legal counsel or basic rights, demonstrators from groups including the hacktivist collective Anonymous and the Black Lives Matter movement chanted “freedom first” and pushed for open access to the secretive police warehouse. The diverse crowd pressed most directly for answers from Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor who is facing a runoff election in an extended campaign in which police reform has featured prominently.
McDermott said he wanted real answers to the allegations about Homan Square, not quick dismissals. The crowd then dispersed. Nation Reacts as Chicago Police's Secret Prison Confirms Fears Over NDAA. Cassius Methyl & Nick Bernabe February 26, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) CHICAGO, IL — Is this the calm before the storm?
We are in the midst of an earth shattering revelation about Chicago Police detaining protestors, minorities, and unidentified enemies of the state in a secret detention warehouse in the Homan Square area of Chicago. From Anti-Media; Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site. Justin King February 25, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) CHICAGO, IL – Amid controversy over the Chicago Police Department’s off the books interrogation site, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a piece fully exonerating the police department, by basing the article entirely off statements made by the police department.
Don’t worry good citizens, the police have investigated themselves in less than 24 hours and found they’ve done nothing wrong. The opening paragraph of the masturbatory fantasy that might as well have been written by CPD’s public affairs division states that the building exists, and apparently this disproves all allegations. Lawyers: Homan Square Allegations Are A Citywide Problem. Homan Square Chicago, IL- Allegations of physical abuse and denial of Constitutional rights of suspects held at the closely guarded Homan Square warehouse in Chicago have led to lawyers claiming that such accusations are not limited to one particular facility and it is a problem spread throughout the city.
The descriptions of abuse at Homan Square, including shackling of arrestees for prolonged periods, suspects suffering head wounds while in holding, and officers holding suspects-even minors- without access to an attorney are not unique to this specific building, according to veteran criminal defense attorney Richard Dvorak. Homan Square Black Site Allegation: Cops Used Heroin to Force Confessions.
Chicago, Ill. – New allegations have surfaced involving the alleged black site at Homan Square.
A man named Jose Gonzales claims that police threatened to injected him with heroin to force him to talk, while illegally being detained and interrogated in the facility. According to a report by The Fifth Column News: Prison torture kill us. Opposite of what CPD does. Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnap... When this became this. Activist to Attempt Shut Down of Secret Detention Center Operated by Chicago ... We were right again. They Disappeared Us: Chicago Police Black Site. By Jordan "The Slavic Libertarian" Marinovich “It’s one thing to quell demonstration and protests, but it’s another thing to use antiquated Gestapo tactics that are more commonly found in parts of the underdeveloped world or in places like China or Russia.”
Those were the words of Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin after hearing about the Homan “black site” detention center run by the Chicago Police Department. He, a slew of other politicians and activist groups are calling for a federal investigation into the facility and its tactics. “I hadn’t heard of the sort of CIA or Gestapo tactics that were mentioned in the Guardian article until it was brought to my attention. And we are calling for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into these allegations,” Boykin continued, speaking to reporters outside the Homan facility. Disappear for the weekend. The Chicago police used appalling military interrogation tactics for decades ...
The Chicago police department has promised for more than a century to eliminate torture from its interrogation rooms.
For more than a century, the Chicago police department has failed to deliver on that promise. The latest shameful episode is the tale of Richard Zuley, a police officer who brought the tactics he learned in Chicago to Guantánamo Bay and back again, as reported by The Guardian. Sadly, there is a precedent for Zuley. For example, in a 2000 case that resulted in a successful federal civil rights lawsuit, a Latino teenager was held for four days chained to a wall in an interrogation room, where he was not only questioned repeatedly, but denied bathroom access and left to soil himself. During the boy’s civil rights trial, officers could only prove that they fed him once during the four days.
Burge was a fast-rising and well-respected officer who operated with impunity; neither his colleagues nor his supervisors blew the whistle. “Say ‘Lawyer’ All You Want Motherf****r” Detainees from Chicago’s Police “Bla... Chicago, IL — It was discovered this week that the Chicago Police Department has been operating a secret “black site” facility on the city’s west side.
Inside a warehouse, Homan Square has long been the home to secretive police work. Attorneys as well as protesters, tell a tale of being systematically being denied their constitutional rights while being held. In an eye-opening report, the Guardian blew the top right off of Pandora’s box, leaving the CPD and their media spin factory backpedaling. This wouldn't've happened.
4 More Victims Come Forward From Chicago Secret Prison, Man Tortured Over Weed. Cassius MethylFebruary 27, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) Chicago, IL — Four more victims of incarceration at Chicago’s Guantanamo Bay style secret detention/torture center, known as Homan Square, have come out and spoken to The Guardian about their experience being essentially treated like cattle. They are four black males, Brock Terry, Kory Wright, Deandre Hutcherson and David Smith. Three of them were held in 2006, and one in 2011. They were kicked in the genitals while helpless and bound, put in ‘kennels for humans’, and they heard the bloodcurdling screams of other helpless victims while they thought they would never see the light of day again. One man named Brock Terry was caught with five pounds of cannabis, and ended up being shackled to the “little circular thing behind the bench”, arms spread open, being fed only twice in 3 days. “I sat in that place for three days, man – with no talking, no calls to nobody,” Terry said.
“I was kept there. Will We Allow the Chicago Police to Get Away With This? Nick Bernabe February 27, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) Chicago, IL — I guess that’s the biggest question so far in 2015: will we allow the Chicago Police Department get away with making people disappear without due process? Will a new standard be set in America where the basic protections (or what’s left of them) promised to us by the Bill Of Rights are completely gone? I case you don’t know what I’m talking about, The Guardian reported on Tuesday that Chicago PD is literally snatching people off the streets, torturing and interrogating them, even killing at least one person, in a secret facility that is completely illegal.
This horrible place is called Homan Square. Suspicions are running rampant that this facility is not alone. We are helping to organize a #Gitmo2Chicago ‘social media storm’ today at 8:00 pm EST/5 PST to oppose this massive abuse of civil liberties.