A Chicago woman is revealing police body camera footage of what happened to her when police officers raided her home. Anjanette Young says while she stood undressed in her bedroom, officers used a battering ram to enter her home, looking for a suspected felon. The problem is that Young lives by herself and the officers mistakenly rammed down the wrong door in the wrong complex. Police were looking for a suspect considered dangerous and was given an erroneous account by an informant that the suspect lived in Young’s apartment.
Young, a clinical social worker, had settled in for the evening and was disrobing when she heard the slams of the battering ram at her door.
“Before I knew it, there was a swarm of police officers,” she said. “They had these big guns, long guns with scopes and lights… I thought they were going to shoot me,” she told CBS Chicago. While officers ordered her to put her hands up, she kept telling them they had the wrong house. “Oh my God, this cannot be right. How is this legal?”
It turns out the CPD did not verify that their suspect actually lived in the residence, which he did not, according to an investigation from CBS Chicago. It’s information that would have been easy to find because the suspect wore an electronic anklet that the police were tracking, the report said.
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Young has fought to show the public the invasion of her home on Feb. 21, 2019, but has been blocked by the Chicago Police Department along with CBS Chicago, which has also attempted to get the footage. She filed suit against the department and a court forced it to overturn footage of the raid.
“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 that the way they treated me was not right.”
She maintained while in handcuffs that the police were in the wrong house and in the footage she is visibly upset. After 13 minutes, a female officer is seen entering and uncuffs her and walks her to her room so she can put clothes on, but then puts her back in the handcuffs.
Eventually, the sergeant at the scene walks outside of the apartment to talk to the officer who obtained the search warrant and they determine that they indeed have the wrong address. The sergeant apologizes to Young near the end of the video and is seen trying to even fix her broken door.
“I do apologize for bothering you tonight,” the sergeant said. “I assure you that the city will be in contact with you tomorrow.”
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CPD officials did not comment to CBS Chicago about the raid or the lawsuit. Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), also would not comment about why the officers executed a raid without verifying the warrant. Her attorney, Keenan Saulter, said the officers traumatized her during the raid, and would not tell her why they were in her home.
“If this had been a young woman in Lincoln Park by herself in her home naked, a young white woman — let’s just be frank – if the reaction would have been the same? I don’t think it would have been,” Saulter said. “I think [officers] would have saw that woman, rightfully so, as someone who was vulnerable, someone who deserved protection, someone who deserved to have their dignity maintained. They viewed Ms. Young as less than human.”
Chicago’s COPA officials say, even a year after the incident, that they are “still in the process of serving allegations and conducting all necessary officer interviews.”
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