by Donna Wasson
- Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases
- Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
- Shackling for prolonged periods.
- Denying attorneys access to the so-called “secure” facility.
- Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including some as young as 15.
- At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and was later pronounced dead.
Church states “Essentially, I wasn’t allowed to make any contact with anybody.” Speaking of his fellow arrested protestors, he figured “All right, well, they disappeared us and so we’re probably never going to see the light of day again.”
When she asked for a phone call, she was told “You’re not getting any phone calls.” She describes being interrogated on and off via the ‘good cop/bad cop’ method without first being informed of her Miranda rights, and access to an attorney was also withheld.
Because of The Guardian’s story, the Chicago police department issued a statement denying any Constitutional abuses, insisting that the “CPD abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to interviews of suspects or witnesses.” They asserted “There are always records of anyone who is arrested by CPD, and this is not any different at Homan Square.” However, they refused to clarify how long into an arrest or detention it took for those records to be generated.
James Trainum, a retired Washington D.C. homicide detective who is involved with the Innocence Project, has never heard of another circumstance in the nation where police held people incommunicado for extended periods. “I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where they go and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists or might exist.” Well, Mr. Trainum, it most certainly does exist, and in the Occupant’s hometown no less.
With an administration bent on militarizing the police force, an Attorney General who doesn’t know the meaning of justice, and an Occupant who is completely lawless, who disregards our Constitutional liberties and the safety of the American people at every turn, we can expect more of these ‘black sites’ to pop up all over the country. Beware!
“The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.” Psalm 37:12-15 (KJV) WhooHoo! Amen!