Chicago doors of Homan Square? Dwand Ivery, a past

Chicago is a city within Illinois full of many troubles and hardships. Chicago is ranked 24th as one of the most dangerous cities in America (Comen, Evan). Chicago is notorious for its crime, gangs, poverty, rising violence and dark past. Although it seems as if nothing could arise from the pits of this disruptive town, the discovery of Homan Square did just that. Remaining a mystery for many years, Homan Square seemed a normal police warehouse until a foreign newspaper, The Guardian, discovered this disastrous story. It took many years for the hidden stories of those who claim to have been held in Homan Square to come speak out. Homan Square facility has been open many decades, but the earliest details track back to 2004 when the crimes supposedly started happening. From 2004 to 2015, Chicago police ‘disappeared’ more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse (Ackerman, Spencer). According to an analysis of data disclosed to the Guardian in late September, police allowed lawyers access to Homan Square for only 0.94% of the 7,185 arrests logged over nearly 11 years (Ackerman, Spencer). One of the main questions for this topic is what exactly happened to those people while behind the doors of Homan Square? Dwand Ivery, a past detainee, once spoke about his personal experience while being held at homan square. He told of the physical beating he received that left him with physical deformation, isolation, and the denial of medical attention for his asthma. Ivery was held by himself for hours, while being placed inside a cage. He continuously screamed for medical help for his asthma as his physical abuse had caused him to have trouble breathing. He was also denied a phone call. These accusations alone can be linked to a violation of constitutional amendments. The testimony of Dwand Ivery can be linked to a violation of the eighth amendment, the right to be free of “cruel and unusual punishment.”, that was inflicted when the guards and police officers beat him for information, something illegal in the U.S. Ivery’s statement against Homan Square also brings forth the infringement of the right to medical attention, denied when Ivery asked for a pump for his asthma, and the right to humane facilities and conditions. The right to humane facilities and conditions houses the notation that a person has a right to not be treated as guilty, or punished as so, until it has been proven.This is just one of many stories from people who went through the cruel and gruesome punishments while being detained in this facility. Being abused mentally, physically and spiritually. Denied their constitutional rights, treated like an animal and a the human being.Out of the rising accusations against Homan Square, it leaves many to wonder how has the facility replied to these allegations? After The Guardian exposed the secrets of Homan Square, it has been attacked and questioned for their ethics behind the interrogations being held, and is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. (Ford, Dana). The Chicago Police has denied any accusation against them, stating to various newspapers and reporters that they have proceeded each interrogation constitutionally, and remarking to any testimonies against them are false. “Chicago Police Department abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other Chicago Police Department facility,” department spokesman Martin Maloney said in a statement. (Gorner, Jeremy, Chicago Tribune).  In March of 2015, the Chicago Police Department  released a fact sheet to try to clear its name, stating specifically that Homan Square is “not a secret facility”, in reference to the theories that Homan Square is a CIA blacksite. The fact sheet goes on to list “false information” against them in an effort to show that they are not operating in any illegal way. In an almost desperate attempt to clear their name, it seems, the Chicago Police Department also went as far as to include their own testimonials of people who have spoken against the allegations. This use of personal quotes from those who believe Homan Square is not in any wrong and that anything illegal is not going on is almost like the Chicago Police Department is slapping the best yelp reviews on their name, to use these testimonies and the credibility of University professors and others to persuade the public to their side.


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