Police and prosecutors so far have declined to publicly discuss or even acknowledge the arrests, and details of the investigation are murky. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy declined Friday to answer questions about the raid in the 1000 block of West 32nd Street, even as the conduct of his officers came under criticism from those arrested and from other building residents.
Building residents described black-clad police officers with battering rams and guns drawn coming into the building, searching their apartments and refusing to tell them what was going on. One resident told the Tribune police taunted him and his roommate, repeatedly calling them communists and using anti-gay slurs.
William Vassilakis, who said he was hosting those who were arrested, said there were no materials to create a explosive device. Instead, Vassilakis said police confiscated supplies he uses to make beer.
"Home brewing is an increasingly popular hobby in the United States, particularly in Chicago. If anybody would like some, I would like to offer to the entire universe a sip of my beer,” Vassilakis said. "I have two different kinds of beer right now, an India pale ale and a stout.”
Source: Chicago Tribune