Mayor must order cops to release protesters, say anti-NATO activists

Chris Geovanis, Chicago Indymedia

Mayor must order cops to release protesters, say anti-NATO activists

Chicago police abducted eight anti-NATO protesters last night after breaking in the door on their Bridgeport apartment just before midnight Wednesday. Police are denying they have the anti-NATO activists in custody, even though attorneys have independently verified the raid with eyewitnesses and confirmed that at least some of the activists are in police custody. Cops reportedly produced a warrant that was blank, and also entered and searched an adjacent apartment in the same building. NLG attorney Sarah Gelsomino described the activists as ‘disappeared.’

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.

Call mayor Emanuel at 312-744-5000 and police superintendent McCarthy 312-744-4000 and demand the immediate release of the activists.

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