Obama’s/Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Police Have Secret Jail, Suspects Kept From Lawyers, Family

An investigation of the Chicago Police Department in former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago has what amounts to a CIA-styled black site where suspects are hidden for up to two days. Those arrested are kept from their lawyers and disappeared from family members.

The UK Guardian recently reported that the secret prison is an “off-the-books interrogation compound” known as Homan Square.

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.

Obama/Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, a place where no one has any Constitutional rights. Imagine that.

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