Regular readers may recall that I wrote about the “black” sites in Chicago that still exist and operate – virtual Guantanamo Bays inside of a major U.S. city that are notorious for taking citizens off the streets for hours or days, denying them access to legal representation (and denying legal representation access or knowledge in turn), and utilizing differing varieties of torture to elicit information or confessions.
The city, which has already paid out some $521 million in reparations for this exact behavior over the past decade, has recently created a brand new $5.5M fund to pay out the new rash of settlements for this illegal, unconstitutional abuse. From the Chicago Sun Times:
One week after winning Chicago’s first mayoral runoff, Emanuel agreed to create a $5.5 million “reparations” fund to compensate victims allegedly tortured by Burge and his Area 2 cohorts.
The compensation was negotiated with and agreed to by attorneys representing torture victims who couldn’t sue because the statute of limitations had run out.
The “compensation” actually caps at $100,000 per case, max, which is atrocious in my opinion. While it may be a lot of money to those who were held, in the overall broader sense it’s pennies that are intended to work as a balm to ease violence inflicted by the local state government that very likely could have caused permanent damage, mentally and physically to those who were party to it. And what about those who died while in these black sites? There is at least one documented case. Does that man’s family have to content themselves with $100K after the murder of their family member?
Mayor Emmanuel added his statements:
“My goal is to both close this book, the Burge book on the city’s history, close it and bring closure for the victims. And make sure that we take this as a city and learn from it about what we have to do going forward because the police department is about public safety, community policing and building trust,” Emanuel told reporters Tuesday.
“I am proud that we have finally, after all these years, brought the closure that we needed as a city — to own up and be accountable for what happened here. But then more importantly to help the victims have their own sense of closure.”
While it’s nice Emmanuel is actually acknowledging the problem and the existence of these facilities in public, offering up a pittance and having a pretty press conference isn’t “closing the book” on anything. While these facilities remain open – and they are still very open – and the police still use illegal and unconstitutional tactics to infringe on the liberties of citizens, the book might as well be titled “The Neverending Story.”
Chicago is still one of the most violent cities in America, and it’s clear that the existing tactics and the mentality of police vs. citizens that’s clearly inherent there isn’t working. Emmanuel gives lip service to “community policing,” of which I am a fan, but clearly the city is not dedicated to that philosophy of law enforcement, while black sites still exist and funds like this are necessary. One can’t hold up their left hand to take an oath as an animal lover while drowning puppies with the other.
Only through training, eliminating bad police and fostering a culture of respect in law enforcement for an individual’s rights will this issue slowly begin to resolve itself. And that goes for a far wider area of the nation than just Chicago.
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