Three men detained at Chicago police’s “black site” known as Homan Square filed the first civil rights suit over the police warehouse.
John Vergara, Carlos Ruiz and Jose Garcia claim they were arrested without cause by defendant officers J.V. Dal Ponte, B. Srisutch, P.J. Nigro, and others on Sept. 29, 2011.
The Homan Square site made national headlines this month when several alleged victims claimed Chicago police use it as a CIA-type jail, imprisoning, interrogating and abusing people there without paperwork that would show they were even arrested.
They plaintiffs say they were at Paseo Boricua Grocery and Deli in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, a drug-infested area, when armed officers entered wearing masks, ordered them to lie down and handcuffed them.