The [Monday] Papers
Let the runoff debates begin!
Aww, do we have to?
We know how this will go.
Rahm will filibuster instead of answering questions, and attack Chuy for not putting more meat on the bones of his platitudes. "Where's the beef?" may actually make a comeback.
Chuy will spend 99 percent of his time attacking Rahm as Mayor 1%, and remind us that he is a neighborhood guy and Rahm is not.
Neither will be particularly honest, though Rahm will be far more disingenuous.
Each side will then claim victory - the tweets and press releases have already been written.
I'm planning to live-tweet the whole affair, so keep your eyes peeled to @BeachwoodReport.
* How Does Rahm Know?
"We follow all the rules," the mayor says of Homan Square. "Everything's done by the books."
How does he know? Did he ask police chief Garry McCarthy about Homan? Or is he just talking out of his ass?
Is he saying that the dozen or so victims cited by the Guardian and other outlets - along with at least seven lawyers - are lying?
Does he think Homan should at least be reviewed? Should the claims be checked out? Or is he satisfied to leave it alone?
Finally, does he believe that every arrestee has the right to an attorney? Because even Homan skeptics say the CPD has a decades-long practice of hiding detainees from lawyers.
* Cook County Commissioner: More Questions Than Answers After Homan Tour.
The Guardian also reported on the tour:
On Monday, at least two politicians got an inspection of their own - however carefully orchestrated - when Al Wysinger, a superintendent with the Chicago police, gave county commissioner Richard Boykin and local alderman Willie Cochran a tour of Homan Square with selected members of their staff.
Question: Why is the CPD willing to give a couple pols a "tour" of the facility but refuses to answer a single question from reporters?
One aspect of Homan Square that caught the attention of Boykin and his staff was an apparent lack of a fingerprinting operation, which he said differed from other police facilities he had visited.
Boykin said he would attempt to convene a town hall meeting with officers and citizens. He also joined politicians from Chicago to Washington in calling for a US Department of Justice investigation into the allegations of detention inside Homan Square.
And from DNAinfo Chicago's kiddie report:
There were no cameras in the lockup, he said.
* More Stories, More Victims.
"The Guardian has interviewed nine people who have told strikingly consistent stories about police holding them in Homan Square for hours without providing any way to notify their families or their lawyers as to where they are."
Whoops, that's no longer accurate:
"The story of Marc Freeman's disappearance inside Chicago's Homan Square police warehouse on a marijuana offense last year exists between the lines of his arrest report - as his time in custody was not logged on the books until he surfaced at a police station seven hours after his arrest . . . "
(Hint: Durkin said Homan Square was analogous to a CIA black site.)
* Homan Is Hell.
Flint Taylor had some pretty interesting things to say on This Is Hell!. Best to listen for yourself, but from my notes:
"Here in Chicago, [the story] got a lot of resistance. Our media are playing catch-up . . . 'black site' is a term one of the people used who was taken there . . . by whatever name you want to call it, the real idea is there's a lot of unconstitutional conduct; there appears to be violations of human rights there . . . it's unique in that it's a centralized place, off the books, a place where you can take people who are of special interest . . . sweat them to find more information . . .
"Sarah Gelsomino spent 17 hours looking for [her client] . . . it's been endemic for decades across the city . . . they took several suspects to several stations to throw family and lawyers off the scent . . . we know who the reporters are or were who will take these things seriously . . . Conroy for over 15 years . . . he thought it would be big scandal ... and yet, there was a silence . . . silence through the entire 15-week trial of Andrew Wilson when we were uncovering . . . the 'House of Screams.' Silence. [The Reader was] just befuddled, I guess, that the straight media didn't cover it or even respond to John Conroy's article . . .
"We're fighting on reparations, trying to get it on the mayoral [campaign] agenda . . . it hasn't made it into the debates . . .
"If a major demonstration is taking place, they arrest in advance to get information, you take them to Homan. Hold a day or so, shackle in little cells, see if you can sweat them for more information . . .
"Sort of open secret among attorneys who do this . . . why weren't lawyers not reporting this to the media, making a bigger deal of it? Perhaps some of them tried . . . it wasn't a sexy story for them, and they didn't make the connections that Ackerman's made . . .
"When we we started to uncover torture in '80s . . . different judges pooh-poohed it . . . some lawyers didn't believe it. This couldn't have happened . . . an individual lawyer is more concerned with their client; it's in their interests to not raise a stink . . . other lawyers advise clients to to not talk about this, you have a case in court and the state's attorney might come down on you . . . there's reason to be circumspect . . .
"The WBEZ reporter who did that tried for 20 minutes to get me to say it's exaggerated. The next day, Ackerman comes out with four more people, blacks, how they were mistreated; sounds like more serious physical abuses. If you look at Gitmo, it isn't waterboarding, it's the kind of systemic sensory deprivation, shackling, beating when not getting answers, fear of not knowing where you are, when you get out, lack of contact. I don't [calling it a black site] think it's necessarily an exaggeration . . . it's a developing story, at this point . . .
"Whatever you call it, there is an analogy to a black site in the sense that people are taken there and they don't know where they're going and they're incommunicado from their people . . . it was client who used the term, quotes around black site . . . obviously there's something naysayers can pick on . . . naysayers have to run and hide . . . it's just going to blow over because the local press doesn't want to deal with it . . . "
Previously in Homan:
* The Beachwood Radio Hour #46: Explaining Chicago's Black Site.
* The Beachwood Radio Hour #47: What Chicagoans Aren't Being Told.
* The Beachwood Radio Hour #48: Carol Marin's Blinders & What Tom Durkin Really Said.
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