The Chicago Torture Story Gets Even Worse

The Chicago Torture Story Gets Even Worse February 26, 2015

Not only did a Chicago police detective travel to Gitmo to help torture detainees there, but my former AINN colleague Spencer Ackerman reported on Tuesday that the Chicago PD maintains its own black site where they torture criminal suspects during interrogations.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

This report is very long, please read the whole thing. None of this should be a surprise. Chicago has a long and sordid history of police brutality, racism and torture.

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