by Marcy Wheeler
In June 2012, an activist writing under the name Tarheel Dem described his arrest on May 17, 2012, with a group of other activists in advance of the NATO summit in Chicago. For most of a day, he was held, shackled, without his heart medications, in a location in western Chicago before being released with no charges. He described being held where lawyers couldn’t find him. “I was held over 12 hours before the National Lawyers Guild could find me; essentially, I was in a black site.” Contemporary reporting of the detentions described the activists being “disappeared.”
A confluence of events has brought newfound attention to the location of this detention site, the Organized Crime Bureau in Homan Square, and the Chicago Police Department tactics that have been used there.