The Chicago Police Department allegedly operates a “Black Site” warehouse facility in where officers interrogate, beat, and hold suspects for hours without due process. This facility, located on the city’s troubled west side, was the focus of an exclusive investigative report about the site which is similar to locations the CIA uses for terrorists.
The Guardian examined the CPD‘s supposed facility, which is located in a barren-looking warehouse called Homan Square. According to a person who was allegedly held at the facility, the CPD kept him at the facility for 17 hours without basic constitutional rights and he made the CIA black site comparison.
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Brian Jacob Church, a protester known as one of the “Nato Three”, was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained Church for the better part of a day, denying him access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.
“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place,” Church told the Guardian on Friday. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”
The secretive warehouse is the latest example of Chicago police practices that echo the much-criticized detention abuses of the US war on terrorism. While those abuses impacted people overseas, Homan Square – said to house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even a cage – trains its focus on Americans, most often poor, black and brown.
The report goes on to say that suspects and citizens taken to Homan Square are not booked and that their attorneys have been denied access inside the building. If the findings of the report are true, Chicago police would be in direct violation of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
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