Skip to content Skip to footer

One Morning in Homan Square

How does having a secretive, controversial police facility in the neighborhood affect the residents of Homan Square?

Truthout Logo

The support of readers like you got this story published – and helps Truthout stay free from corporate advertising. Can you sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation today?

The Homan Square police facility in southwest Chicago has been the subject of controversy for almost three months now, and for good reason. Up to 17 past detainees of the facility have stepped forward to describe unacceptable, problematic behavior by officers of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in the facility. Detainees have been shackled for numerous hours, denied access to a phone or a lawyer, physically abused and held without records of their whereabouts. Most recently, a past detainee is pressing charges against the CPD after experiencing sexual abuse on the Homan Square facility premises.

All of this problematic behavior by the police in the Homan Square facility is taking place just a few feet away from schools, grocery stores, churches and residences in the neighborhood. In this comics report, we learn about the heavy police presence in the neighborhood, and how the brutality in the Homan Square facility ripples outward to affect the community living in Homan Square.

2015 0526on

Join us in defending the truth before it’s too late

The future of independent journalism is uncertain, and the consequences of losing it are too grave to ignore. To ensure Truthout remains safe, strong, and free, we need to raise $36,000 in the next 3 days. Every dollar raised goes directly toward the costs of producing news you can trust.

Please give what you can — because by supporting us with a tax-deductible donation, you’re not just preserving a source of news, you’re helping to safeguard what’s left of our democracy.