Investigation finds Chicago police has off-the-record interrogation site led by GITMO torturer

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Domestic Black Site in Chicago

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“Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
Shackling for prolonged periods.
Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.”

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Broward County’s Finest Slaps Old Man For Trespassing

Don’t ever “play games” with a cop or they will brutalize you. This cop is on paid suspension for now. Continue to record interactions with the police whether you are involved or not. It’s the only way to start to stop this type of crap. If I hit someone every time they said, “F- You” to me, I’d be doing hard time by now.

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70,000 Dollar Settlement is Nice and All…. But

Watch the video of the arrest (police don’t activate the audio until around 1 minute into the video)

All charges against Ocak were eventually dismissed and thanks to the video and audio that police boasted about during the arrest, Ocak received a settlement of $70,000. Although he feels exonerated, the officers are still on the force and Ocak is worried about the next time:

“It’s also difficult to see the same four officers still patrolling my neighborhood and not knowing what could happen if one of them ever detains me and they choose to leave video off.”

-The Daily Kos

8 Cops vs. 1 Innocent Man

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All Charges were dropped against this innocent man. You can hear one of the cops at 7:52 in the video above, warning the other uniformed gang members that the camera is on:

“Officer Kelli Swinton approaches Burkemper’s patrol car. There is the sound of an opening car door, and she loudly declares: “Hold up. Hold up, y’all. Hold up. Hold up, everybody, hold up. We’re red right now, so if you guys are worried about cameras, just wait.”

The audio cuts out, and the video ends eight seconds later.

In response to an open records request, City Counselor Winston Calvert released the same video on Friday, plus views from other dash cams.

One shows that after Burkemper’s camera stopped, officers continued to huddle around Bufford. That camera shuts off, too, leaving a gap of more than two minutes before Bufford is seen on it again, stumbling and falling once as he’s taken to a police vehicle. Other videos show unrelated scenes and both Bufford and his passenger sitting inside vehicles.

Lawyers for Cortez Bufford now claim that Bufford was brutally assaulted once all of the cameras were turned off—leaving him hardly able to walk. No matter what happened, this much is clear—the officers on the scene believed it was in their best interest to turn the cameras off and they had their own language (we’re red) for communicating when they were being filmed. This didn’t seem to be the first filming rodeo for any of them.

For 10 months, the mayor of St. Louis and the St. Louis police have worked to conceal this video knowing full well that it creates a negative image of their department and their work to remain on the up and up with the public. Yes, dash cams and body cameras are essential, but if any video has ever proven the need for real policies on how they are managed, it’s this.”

-The Daily Kos

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