May 18, 2012
Police in the Windy City recently underscored the fact that the United States is now a police state little different than the former Soviet Union or East Germany.
In the video here, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) spokesman Kris Hermes says Chicago cops broke down an apartment door and arrested activists without a warrant.
Such “preemptive raids” are a “hallmark of National Special Security Events,” said Sarah Gelsomino with the NLG and the People’s Law Office in a press release. “The Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies should be aware that this behavior will not be tolerated and will result in real consequences for the city.”
From the NLG press release:
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns a preemptive police raid that took place at approximately 11:30pm Wednesday in the Bridgeport neighborhood, and instances of harassment on the street, in which Chicago police are unlawfully detaining, searching, and questioning NATO protesters. The Bridgeport raid was apparently conducted by the Organized Crime Division of the Chicago Police Department and resulted in as many as 8 arrests.
According to witnesses in Bridgeport, police broke down a door to access a 6-unit apartment building near 32nd & Morgan Streets without a search warrant. Police entered an apartment with guns drawn and tackled one of the tenants to the floor in his kitchen. Two tenants were handcuffed for more than 2 hours in their living room while police searched their apartment and a neighboring unit, repeatedly calling one of the tenants a “Commie faggot.” A search warrant produced 4 hours after police broke into the apartment was missing a judge’s signature, according to witnesses. Among items seized by police in the Bridgeport raid were beer-making supplies and at least one cell phone.
The NLG reports police harassment and illegal searches of other anti-NATO activists in Chicago.
Read entire article and see video HERE.