Chicago: America's Police Repression Capital
Chicago police brutality is longstanding and notorious.
by Stephen Lendman
A personal note. Chicago's my home. I live north of the Chicago River. It's the traditional North/South dividing line. I'm close to where protests occurred on the Michigan Ave Bridge and nearby.
Cops were everywhere. In partial lockdown, my building was affected. Some residents felt unsafe to go out. With well-armed police in riot-gear, knowledgeable Chicagoans know the risks of getting in harm's way.
Anyone can be targeted for any reason. Cops are notoriously brutal. They have carte blanche authority to operate with impunity. They take full advantage.
Victims pay dearly. They're harassed, abused, beaten, detained, and falsely charged. From Friday through Monday, affected areas reflected battleground conditions. Sunday was worst of all.
I've lived here since 1969. Several months after arriving, police and FBI agents murdered Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they slept.
December 4, 1969 remains a day of infamy. It wasn't the first or last. In his book " FBI Secrets: An Agent's Expose," M. Wesley Swearingen quoted FBI agent Gregg York saying:
"We expected about twenty Panthers to be in the apartment when the police raided the place. Only two of those black niggers were killed, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark."
Before he died, Hampton said: "You can kill the revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution."
In his 1980 doctoral dissertation titled "War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America," its co-founder Huey Newton wrote:
"How many people's lives were ruined in countless ways by a government intent on destroying them as representatives of an 'enemy' political organization."
"Enemy" ideas included full employment, decent housing and education, justice, peace, and ending police brutality.
It continues relentlessly. Tactics include beatings and torture. Chicago cops may be worst of all. From 1972 - 1991, detective Jon Burge got away with torturing over 200 detainees. Instead of dismissal and prosecution, he was promoted.