Thousands of Black Americans detained in Chicago– Almost 3,500 Black Americans have been detained in a warehouse since 2004 that some detainees said it was a secret interrogation facility.
Report said that over the last 10 years, 82% of the people held at the facility, called Homan Square, were Black Americans, only three of the people held at the facility had given chance to have lawyers.
The Black Americans detainees were eventually charged, mostly with drug possession but also for minor offenses such as traffic violations. Prominent civil rights lawyers who reviewed the data condemned Chicago police and politicians for having long denied the existence of the facility.
“I am extremely troubled but sadly not shocked at the exceedingly broad scope and fundamentally racist nature of the unconstitutional police conduct at Homan Square that the Guardians most recent study documents,” said Flint Taylor. “Hopefully, Chicago’s political leadership and its establishment media will finally take notice and stop collaborating to bury this story, so righteously championed by the Guardian, under the rug of denial and false ignorance,” he added.
Some former Homan Square detainee have told the Guardians that their detentions at the warehouse were out of proportion to their alleged crimes, if any, but calibrated to pressure them into becoming informants.
One of them is Rick Dresmann, a 50-year-old white man who fled Chicago after multiple stints at Homan Square. Dresmann said he feared that police would continue taking him to the facility until he became an informant, encourage him to move to California. Added, “my life would be a lot easier if I gave them information – I’d be home with a nice long shower and all that bullshit”.IMAGE/mintpressnews.com