Report: Chicago Police Interrogated Thousands Of Black People At Secret Site

| by Michael Allen

Thousands of African-Americans have been held and interrogated at a secret police warehouse known as Homan Square in Chicago, according to a new report.

Of at least 3,500 people held at Homan Square, about 82 percent were black, 8.5 percent were white and only three people saw a lawyer at the facility, reports The Guardian.

The Guardian sued the Chicago Police Department via the Freedom of Information Act for release of the records, which cover detainees from Sept. 2004 to June 2015, but don't include people who were not charged.

The Guardian first reported about Homan Square in February and claimed that suspects were allegedly beaten, denied access to lawyers and family, shackled for up to 17 hours and held "off the books" in the facility for 12 to 24 hours; one suspect was reportedly only 15 years old.

Marty Maloney, a spokesman for the police department, said in February:

If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them. There are always records of anyone who is arrested by CPD, and this is not any different at Homan Square.

The Chicago Police Department did not answer questions by The Guardian regarding the records.

Craig Futterman of the University of Chicago Law School told The Guardian:

In Chicago, the police do not provide people with attorneys at the police station at the times they most need them: when they’re subject to interrogation. That’s what the Miranda warning is all about: the right to counsel while interrogated by police.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has claimed, “We follow all the rules” at Homan Square; his office has not responded to recent questions by The Guardian.

Sources: The Guardian (2) / Photo Credit: Brett Gustafson/Wikimedia