The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’

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The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’

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.

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2 Responses to “The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’”
  1. BOBBI SWANN says:

    Everybody has known for years that the CPD was/is nothing but a bunch of crooks and mobsters dressed up in police uniforms. For God’s sake, this has been going on for decades and it has genealogy of the same familes. Oddly enough, there is a new TV show coming out that portrays the tactics of police officers at CPD. The only other PD that I can think of that compares to CPD would be the NYPD. Let’s face it, people, both cities were the limelight of the mob era and anyone who thinks all that disappeared, well, living in a fantasy world. Good for The Guardian who appears to be just one of the few journalistic outlets remaining definitive of ‘real journalism with real reporters’.

  2. Very informative information. Thank you

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