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Amnesty International Calls For Federal Investigation Of Homan Square

Amnesty International USA called on the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of beatings and disappearances of detainees at a Chicago Police Department facility in Homan Square and to determine whether these allegations of ill-treatment and other abuses are, in fact, systemic throughout the Chicago Police Department.

"International law . . . obligates governments to investigate allegations of human rights violations; disclose the truth about violations; prosecute those responsible; and ensure remedy for victims, including reparations, truth and justice," wrote Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

"In the light of the national conversation around policing, it is clear that the United States government can and must do much more to ensure policing practices both in Chicago and nationwide are brought into line with international human rights standards."

Amnesty International USA sent a letter to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel last month about the facility after the allegations surfaced in The Guardian. To date, there has been no response.

"The report on the Homan Square facility comes as the City of Chicago continues to fall far short in meeting its obligations under international human rights law to ensure accountability and reparations for torture and other ill-treatment by Chicago Police operating under the direction of former Commander Jon Burge from 1972 - 1991," Hawkins wrote.

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See the letter here.

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See also:

* Chicago Politicians Push DOJ To investigate 'CIA Or Gestapo Tactics' At Secret Police Site.

* Chicago's Homan Square: Torture By Any Other Name . . .

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Previously:
* The [Monday] Papers: Suddenly, the CPD is a fine upstanding trustworthy institution.

* The Beachwood Radio Hour #46: Explaining Chicago's Black Site.

* The [Wednesday] Papers: Another day, another Guardian story.

* The [Thursday] Papers: John Conroy vs. the Chicago media. Again.

* 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.

* The [Monday] Papers: Homan Squared.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on March 19, 2015


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