chicago raids


Death of a Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story

Death of a Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story - YouTube - ARC Identifier 12156 / Local Identifier 65.85. Iberian Hampton, et al Edward et al (U.S.D.C., N.D. Illinois), Civil Action No. 70-C-1384 Consolidated U.S. Attorney’s Office, ca. 1969 - ca. 1970. NEWS REPORT: Presents accounts of police officers who made raid, Fred Hampton’s wife Debora, who was in the bed with Hampton when he was slain, Illinois State Attorney General Edward V. Hanrahan of what occured at raid of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton’s apartment, Chicago, Illinois, on 4 December 1969. Reviews charges and counter charges made by both sides and shows apartment where raid occured. Interviews with “Doc” Sachel, who was injured in raid, and Black Panther Minister of Defense Bobby Rush. Two Chicago area councilmen condemn raid. Black Panther attorney reads from Grand Jury, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois report which questions testimony given by officers to Grand Jury. Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - )
Chicago police operate "black site" to interrogate suspects, hold them without legal council

The militarization of police doesn’t just apply to no-knock raids.  In Chicago, the police operate a “black site” in which they deny suspects their basic rights and violently interrogate them. 

from Guardian:

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.
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.

Unlike a precinct, no one taken to Homan Square is said to be booked. Witnesses, suspects or other Chicagoans who end up inside do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside.

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes.

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This is simply the natural progression of allowing the militarized police state to go unchecked in the US.  When we fail to stand up for the rights of the few, eventually the rights of many will be in jeopardy. 

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Not all white people are racist, but they do all benefit from white privilege. There’s a difference. I’ve answered this question countless times so I’m just going to copy/paste a list of links.

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