RALLY – Justice not Homan, Shut the Torture House Down
WHERE: 3379 W Fillmore St. Chicago, IL
WHEN: Thursday March 5th., 2105 Noon – 1pm
Contact: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression.For more info about this event call (312) 513-3795 [email protected]
We are outraged by the existence of the notorious Homan Square facility, where Chicago police illegally hold civilians, torture, intimidate and deny them their rights! We clearly understand that the Homan Square facility would not exist without the complicity and protection of Mayor Emanuel and Anita Alvarez, Illinois Cook Co District Attorney. We demand Homan be shut down now!
We cannot emphasize enough that this warehouse of police terror is not the only site where police violence and denial of due process take place. This is ‘business as usual’ in every Chicago Police Station, where it is predominantly members of African American and Latino communities who are tortured, abused, who never get access to a phone or legal representation. Just incase we all need reminding… the right to counsel is triggered the moment a person is under arrest or not free to leave a police interaction. We well know that this right is most often denied* emphasizing yet again the urgent need for community control of the police through an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. (CPAC)
Our demands are:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel…
1. Close down Homan Square Warehouse immediately
2. Fire Chicago Police Superintendent, Gary McCarthy
3. Pass the Torture Reparations Ordinance
4. Order the permanent display in ALL Chicago Police Stations, accessible to ALL detainees upon arrest, the services & PH# 1-800-LAW-REP4 for First Defense Legal Aid, who offer free legal representation for anyone, in the first 48hrs from the moment of arrest. Cook County would save “between $12.7 and $43.9 million annually if arrestees had access to a defense attorney within 24 hours after arrest”* Funds that could be used towards Torture Reparations.
…Then issue an apology to the people of Chicago and all those who have been abused & tortured by CPD and for allowing Homan Square Police Warehouse to be used as a Chicago police torture chamber
We also demand:
The immediate resignation of Illinois State Cook County District Anita Alvarez.
The new US Attorney General Loretta Lynch must immediately launch a full scale federal civil rights investigation of the Homan facility, AND of the Chicago Alliance’s 2013 complaint to her predecessor, Eric Holder, that documented murder, torture, abuse by Chicago/Chicagoland police officers.**
CPD’s common denial of the right to a phone call means that many individuals detained by CPD never get access to free legal presentation by FDLA. However ANYONE can call the hotline number 1-800-LAW-REP4 for someone they who know has been arrested—call as soon as you can, give their name and if possible DOB—we all can learn to can look out for each other against this racist police injustice system.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING HELD IN CUSTODY BY THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CALL 1-800-LAW-REP-4 FOR A FREE LAWYER, 24 HOURS A DAY.
Learn more about an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) at StopPoliceCrimes.com
Sign the CPAC petition http://naarpr.org/petition-elected-civilian-police-accountability-council/