The City of Chicago Law Department tried this week to block a local TV station from broadcasting video of a botched police raid in February 2019 in which city agents allegedly stormed the wrong house and handcuffed an innocent woman while naked – and while According to reports, a group of male officers watched.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot claimed at a press conference on Wednesday that she learned of the botched raid – nearly two years after it occurred – on Tuesday and apologized to the woman, calling the incident “ terrible. ”
“I watched that video with absolute disgust,” the mayor told reporters, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Lightfoot also had strong words for her own legal team, condemning them for leaving her in the dark about the incident.
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“I have made it very clear to the corporate counsel that I will not be blinded by this type of case,” Lightfoot said at the press conference.
The woman whose home was raided, Anjanette Young, acquired the police video as part of her lawsuit against the police, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reported. Previously, both Young and the station had sought access to the video through the Freedom of Information Act, but police declined their requests, the station reported.
After getting the video, Young appeared on WBBM and talked about her ordeal while the station aired parts of the footage.
“I feel like they didn’t want us to have this video because they knew how bad it was,” said Young. They knew they had done something wrong. They knew the way they treated me wasn’t right. ‘
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The city’s legal department tried to prevent WBBM from broadcasting the video several hours before the broadcast by filing an emergency motion in federal court, the station reported.
According to the Sun Times, Lightfoot was unhappy with the legal department’s action.
“Filing a motion against a media outlet to prevent anything from being published is something that should rarely, if ever, happen,” said the mayor. And if I had been told this was in the works, I would have put it in his tracks. This is not how we work. Point.’
According to WBBM, nine police agency cameras were in use when police entered Young’s home on Feb. 21, 2019. Young was dressing in her bedroom after returning home from work as a social worker, the agency reported.
Police slammed her door open with a battering ram and came in with guns drawn, the station said.
‘You have the wrong house! You have the wrong house! ‘ In the video, Young overhears the police.
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WBBM reported that police and court records suggest that an informant gave the police the wrong address for a 23-year-old criminal under investigation. The suspect lived next door and, according to the station, could have been easily located because he was carrying an electronic surveillance device from a previous arrest.
The botched raid was just the latest in a long line of black eyes for Chicago police, including the departure of former Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was found sleeping in his car in October 2019 after “ a few drinks with dinner. ” and who faced allegations of sexual assault two months ago. Johnson retired in December 2019.