Group calls on Emanuel to probe jail suicides

January 5, 2012 3:26:10 PM PST
The group Campaign to End Torture is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to get involved in the investigation of two men who investigators say committed suicide just days apart inside the same Chicago police station.

Police say 52-year-old Develt Bradford was found hanging from his pajamas inside his cell in November at Area 2 police lockup on the Far South Side.

Three days later, 62-year-old Melvin Woods was discovered hanging from his underwear.

"It is our firm belief that an occurrence like that has occurred with these families does not occur in isolation, it does not occur in a vacuum," said family attorney Vivian Tarver-Varnado. "Somewhere, someone is aware of what happened."

While there are cameras in the lockup, the families say they were told nothing was recorded.

The Chicago Police Department says it is assessing its camera system and both cases are under investigation.