Wednesday, March 04, 2015

About Those Chicago PD Black Sites

The latest hyperventilating by the professional left over America's police forces is found in the Guardian's article on Chicago PD's supposed black sites. This is an odd release right now, and has been refuted by not just the Chicago PD but also the Chicago press. That combined pushback is a rather rare occurrence since the Chicago press is notorious for saying "youths", avoiding criminal descriptions and carefully editing pictures to make sure little Trayvons are splashed on front pages. Second City Cop has been all over this. This appears to be a surprise, yes, surprise and repulsive abuse of police power for the left despite the years now of police militarization. There must be a use for this, and there must be proper victims for the media to build a narrative. Stripped of the flash and sizzle, there is not much there there. 

Even approaching this police power problem, the article needs to find proper victims. The innocent victims are described as "often poor, black and brown". Okay, so we have good little Democrats to feel bad for, but that is not enough. The crowd at home in the middle might say, "yeah but who did the black or browns rape or murder that I read about the day before?". This is where the article pulls in a wild card. A suspect who was thrown into this Homan Square "black site" was part of a NATO summit protest. His name is Brian Jacob Church and appears your standard Occupy white. He can give voice to the oppressive police tactics. Jacob Church is the person who says the site "brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It's a domestic black site." This is quite comical coming from a regular white kid from America to have knowledge of the CIA sites' feel and appearance. How does this site differ from a regular city prison? He most likely does not know, but the image of Abu Ghraib was planted in his mind a decade ago. Real life is not television. There are no windows in regular police interrogation rooms. 

The article stresses that the look of the place is military with surveillance cameras, vehicles that look "military-style" and "even a cage". One wonders where these reporters have been as even small cities in America have been buying MRAPs. Many jails have holding cells that isolate, with a cage look being a common one. These can isolate and break a prisoner down, and they can be sued to protect a prisoner. Someone was unresponsive when at Homan Square, and later was pronounced dead. Pay no attention to the heroin in the toxicology report. The writer is often citing post-9/11, War on terror and other "it's coming home" pearl clutching lines, but if you read the article, you see this has been going on for decades.  The implication being we were fine until that horrible War on terror, and especially that horrible, stupid Iraq War. The article admits there were police "shadow sites" in the '80s and '90s. Holding people for hours is nothing new, as that is a favorite tactic for getting weaker people to sign anything just to leave the room (ask forced confession victims). Step outside the progressive bubble. These are the tactics of old. The only difference is bigger road equipment. 

The motivations behind this article might be as more ammunition for the police overhaul underway at the federal level. The Brown-Garner outrage from 2014 created calls for community engagement, body cameras and whatnot. In reality, it created an in for the federal government to be able to tap local police departments on the shoulder to fall into line. It is a sovereignty battle. The threats will be lawsuits and simple "you must play to get the grants and discounted equipment". The anarcho-tyranny will be turned up a notch, the unreported brown-black race war will continue, and nothing will improve. The other frustration in reading this article and knowing Chicago's crime problem is the simple problem of admitting 2015 America is not "Ozzie and Harriet" America. America was never pure, but the crime of today is different. Chicago itself has a massive murder problem that is perpetuated by the very gangs that give the voting muscle to the men who run Chicago. Tougher law enforcement mechanisms and procedures might be needed in a city where the mayor's son is robbed outside their front door. 

This is police work. This is not pretty, but unfortunately, tough decisions and tough acts make it all pretty so your innocent self can walk to "A Taste of Chicago" and not get murdered by the Morlocks. An Occutard is not going to understand what detention and holding means in a large metropolitan police department, so his word about his police stay should be discounted. If the analogy is like a CIA black site, was he tortured, was he photographed naked, was he humiliated, etc.? Abu Ghraib and CIA black sites are sensational descriptions, and descriptions of acts that do not even meet the barbarity of American criminals. I will take a spin through Abu Ghraib before I would go through what Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom went through in their final hour. All of this media hyperventilating over Chicago's police tactics also screams of washing one's hands from accountability by a reliably Democrat entity in a very Democrat city in a reliably Democrat state. We should all be alarmed by the militarization of the American police forces but this is a different beast of verklempt hand waving. The who-whom hits the right notes for progs to weep tears for poor black and browns and the Occutard who speaks for those who cannot, but for me it is ho-hum. This is the state, the city and the system they chose.

2 comments:

Suburban_elk said...

The other frustration in reading this article and knowing Chicago's crime problem is the simple problem of admitting 2015 America is not "Ozzie and Harriet" America. America was never pure, but the crime of today is different.

The crime of today is different; and another part of the overall equation, that reports of murder and violent crime being down miss, is how white people have altered their lives, mainly by separating themselves, in order to avoid the crime. If no one is downtown, there are no murders, but it sure as hell is a lonely place.

The larger context is not just anarcho-tyranny: it is how anarcho-tyranny reveals the false premises of liberalism, and how white America comes to terms with the farce. The original post makes this point.

This disconnect, this cognitive dissonance, is not going to go away, as a problem for Americans to discuss and come to terms with, in the frequent and friendly open and lively discussions at their tabernacles, and townhall meetings.

Looking forward, it is inevitable that strong-arm police measures will have to be accepted and acceptable, even if sweet po' little black boys have to suffer (some). Law and order is the corrective measure, and served up with peach pie, aka over-compensating sympathy, aka seemingly genuous smarm.

Anonymous said...


This is police work. This is not pretty...


I'm not convinced that the black sites were used for police work.

To me, they look very much like KGB interrogation centers - a little bit of internal repression, a whole lot of intimidation.

Police work is when you throw the suspect in a clean cage for a few hours until he gets to talk with his lawyer and give a statement.

Black sites are not police work.