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US Libertarian Party Urges Media Coverage of Chicago’s 'Black Site'

© REUTERS / Jim YoungA protestor stands outside a police facility called Homan Square, demanding an investigation into a media report denied by police that the site functions as an off-the-books interrogation compound, in Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 2015
A protestor stands outside a police facility called Homan Square, demanding an investigation into a media report denied by police that the site functions as an off-the-books interrogation compound, in Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Cases of physical abuse at an unofficial police interrogation site in Chicago should hit the headlines in US media, Libertarian party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Libertarian party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark told Sputnik on Friday that cases of physical abuse at an unofficial police interrogation site in Chicago should hit the headlines in US media.

In February, the Guardian reported about a "domestic black site" in Chicago similar to US Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation sites overseas. However, the story did not receive extensive coverage in US media.

"The allegations of physical abuse should be covered by the media." Nicholas Sarwark said.

A protestor stands outside a police facility called Homan Square, demanding an investigation into a media report denied by police that the site functions as an off-the-books interrogation compound, in Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Sarwark stressed that any time American citizens are held without fundamental rights to see an attorney before questioning, "it is an outrage".

Earlier on Thursday, a protest against the "black site" took place in Chicago. Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Pressure community organizer Frank Chapman told Sputnik that US media were not present at the rally and only international media covered the event.

The Chicago police department (CPD) reportedly operates a secret interrogation compound, similar to the CIA"s black sites, at the Homan Square warehouse. Practices at the site allegedly include beatings, prolonged shackling and denying detainees legal counsel.

Reports about the Chicago police site allege that at least one individual was discovered to be unresponsive in an interview room in the facility and later pronounced dead.

The Chicago Police Department has denied any involvement in the alleged abuses and detentions at Homan Square.

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