Activists Swarm Homan Square, Demand Probe of Chicago’s Police “Black Site”
Organized by Anonymous, Occupy, and
Black Lives Matter, as well as a number of other groups, the ‘Shut Down
Homan Square’ protest gathered around 200 people outside the detention
facility in the city’s West Side.
Braving Saturday’s below-zero temperatures, the activists held banners and chanted slogans such as“Shut it down” and “Freedom first,” as well as “Indict, convict, send the torturers to jail.” They demanded a probe and changes at the facility after a report in the Guardian claimed it is used by Chicago police as a “secret interrogation facility.”
Olson/Getty Images/AFP “Hopefully with the presence we expect to have,
that will put a little bit of pressure to say, ‘Hey, look – this isn’t
going to go away,’” said Travis McDermott, one of the organizers of the
protest, as quoted by the Guardian.