A place where suspects are detained without access to lawyers or family and where they are interrogated off the books?
Where detainees are routinely shackled to benches and chairs for hours on end and interrogated without access to legal counsel?
Where arrests are not recorded, police beatings cause head wounds, shacklings for long periods were common, and people as young as 15 were held for up to 24 hours without legal aid?
Think I just described a secret prison in North Korea? Think again.
The place that I just described to you is called Homan Square, and it’s not in another country. It’s right here. In this country. In the hometown of Obama himself: Chicago.
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.By the royal moist delectable plot of Princess Luna being straddled by her strap-on wearing elder sister Princess Celestia, that is some scary SQUEE!
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.
That is the type of shady stuff we’re supposed to expect from totalitarian dictatorships like North Korea, not the “Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave”!
And statists still wonder why libertarians such as myself think that the government is evil? Crap like this certainly isn’t helping its image!