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Battering Ram-Wielding Chicago Cops Crash 4-Year-Old's Birthday Party, Point Guns at Terrified Kids

When an aunt asked to see a search warrant, she says she was handcuffed.

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With a battering ram and sledgehammer in tow, Chicago Police carried out a raid on a South Side home last month. There was just one problem (okay, maybe more than one): The suspect they were looking for hadn't lived at that address in five years, claim the current occupants, who were celebrating a 4-year-old's birthday.

It all went down February 10 during young TJ Boswell's birthday party. His 7-year-old sister, Samari, told WBBM there was little to no warning before police officers entered the home and pointed their guns at party attendees. "They were saying F-words and stuff. It was horrible," she said.

"All I heard was steps of like shoes coming down the stairs hard," added their aunt, Kiqiana Jackson. "Get your fucking hands up," Jackson recalled police saying. Jackson told WBBM she unsuccessfully asked for a search warrant multiple times, and was rewarded by being placed in handcuffs. She eventually saw the warrant, but not before police had trashed the home. A TV was broken as a result of the raid, and TJ's cake ended up on the floor, the family says.

Police were searching for a suspect in possession of ecstasy, though TJ and Samari's mother, Stephanie Bures, told WBBM that person hadn't lived there in years.

"My law firm took 30 seconds to do a person search and came up with [the suspect's] most current address, which is on 83rd street nowhere near the property," the family's lawyer, Al Hofeld Jr., told the outlet.

"I thought they was going to shoot me, and my brother, and everybody else," added Samari.

The family plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Reason reached out to Chicago Police for comment, who responded with the following statement

While we do not comment on pending or proposed litigation, for all criminal investigations, CPD makes every effort to ensure the validity and accuracy of all information that is used to apply for and execute search warrants. Oftentimes this information comes from community sources and despite the vetting of material through a criminal court and the methodical process to authenticate addresses, errors can occur and we take them very seriously. The CPD and City of Chicago has a claims process for any property owner to reimburse for repairs as a result of an accidental search warrant.

This incident highlights a major policing issue, particularly in Chicago, but also around the country. If you type the phrase "Chicago police raid wrong home" into Google, you'll find numerous accounts of police barging into homes and terrorizing the families inside without finding the suspect they were looking for.

It's not even the first time they've been accused of crashing a child's birthday party. Last month, WFLD reported on Chicago Police raiding a South Deering home during a party. Police believed a child was in danger, but they refused to immediately show a search warrant.

These sorts of raids can have consequences. In September, Maryland police in search of a drug dealer raided the wrong home, leading the resident, who thought they were home invaders, to shoot and wound two officers, according to The Washington Post.

In November, a North Carolina SWAT team pointed their guns at a 6-year-old boy with autism and forced him to sit outside in the cold while they searched the home for a robbery suspect who was not there. The child was "terrorized," his mother later said.

It's hard to see how this sort of thing does any good. Police need to stop treating law-abiding citizens, especially children, like dangerous criminals.

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105 responses to “Battering Ram-Wielding Chicago Cops Crash 4-Year-Old's Birthday Party, Point Guns at Terrified Kids

  1. you’ll find numerous accounts of police barging into homes and terrorizing the families inside without finding the suspect they were looking for.

    Pour encourager les autres.

  2. Cheer when cops are shot in their fucking faces

    1. No cheering. You don’t cheer when you put down a rabid dog, it’s just a sad but necessary task that needs to be done. The dog doesn’t “deserve” to be put down, he lacks self-awareness and therefore isn’t morally culpable for his behavior, but at the same time a dangerous animal incapable of understanding and abiding by the norms of civilized human behavior cannot be allowed loose in society. And make no mistake, these cops are psychopaths when they fall back on the “procedures were followed” defense of their actions when their actions are ones no reasonable person would countenance in a civilized society. I don’t give a fuck if your little club has come up with a rule that it’s okay to eat live babies, the rules of your club violate any possible interpretation of the social contract and you don’t get to live on this planet no more.

      1. Yea but if cops didn’t smash up people’s houses and terrorize innocent people – who would protect us from drugs? This is a small price to pay to live in civilized society. But seriously, law enforcement seems to attract the least civilized among us and then proceeds to heavily arm them and pretty much give them carte blanche to do whatever the fuck they want.

      2. The difference between a rabid dog and a cop is that the cop could have made other choices so I can see majil point.

        1. The difference between a rabid dog and a cop is that the cop could have made other choices so I can see majil point.

          Who are you that you think you can muscle in on their “I shoot people for making bad decisions” racket? You’d think someone pinned badges on the both of you and that you had some sort of brotherhood or unspoken bond or something.

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    2. I understand the impulse, but that doesn’t actually help any.

      What is needed is for the cops, the administrators, and everyone else involved in the faulty chain of decision-making to get their asses handed to them in court. Real penalties, not sums of money that end up bing paid by the tax-payers.

      Also; one reason that far too few cops who pull dumb sh*t like this ever lose their jobs is the intervention of Police Unions. Said Unions need to be broken.

      1. Doctors spend over a decade in training and education to potentially save a life. A cop barely needs a GED to potentially take a life. Seems a bit backwards.

        1. I’ve made a similar comparison between police and firefighters.

          A firefighter will put his life in actual danger to possibly save another’s life.
          A police officer will actually end another’s life to avoid an imagined danger to his own.

      2. None of this works, they continue to pull this shit. When they become lamp post decorations, they’ll finally realize they’ve become a domestic enemy.

  3. Sure it’s sad when this sort of thing happens to law abiding civilians, but Chicago is a dangerous place and it’s a good thing that cops are keeping their citizens safe from…
    :: checks notes::
    :: to someone off camera::
    No I want the report from the SWAT…
    Really?
    Are you sure?
    Ok…
    :: back to camera::
    Some dude using ecstasy.

    1. Some dude using ecstasy.

      Hey, if you think the negroes are to handle handle when they’ve been smoking the Devil’s Lettuce and listening to jazz, you should see them when they get a little “E” in their systems. /sarc

  4. Look, I know it’s tough, but without these raids adult human beings would be able to voluntarily ingest drugs into their own bodies. There’s a price to be paid to keep this from happening, so those kids just need to suck it up and deal with it.

    1. The important thing is that all of those heroes on the thin blue line went home safe.

  5. Should have paid for HOT COPS (Arrested Development) to crash the party!

  6. Her mistake was asking to see a warrant. Doesn’t she know the heroes in blue aren’t bound by some 200 year old piece of paper? They have procedures, and we all know damn well that their investigation will show that said procedures, were indeed followed. These procedures supersede any and all other so called laws/constitutional protections. It’s right there in the Fuck You That’s Why clause of their procedures.

    We can’t worry about silly things like the Constitution when there are maniacs out there who happen to possess ecstasy…

    1. they were only following orders

    2. Her mistake was asking to see a warrant. Doesn’t she know the heroes in blue aren’t bound by some 200 year old piece of paper?

      it’s a living document!

  7. >>>Police were searching for a suspect in possession of ecstasy

    if anything on this planet should be legal again it is ecstasy there would be fucking world peace if it was in the water … also cops owe that kid a year of big fat chocolate apology cakes.

    1. The Army’s on ecstasy so they say
      I read all about it in USA Today
      They stepped up urine testing to make it go away
      ‘Cause it’s hard to kill the enemy on ol’ MDMA

      1. Ecstasy is very hard on my stomach: I always took my speed & MDMA separately.

        U.S. Air National Guard Major Harry Schmidt was taking “go pills” (amphetamine?) when he bombed the Canadians at the Tarnak Farm Incident in 2002.

        1. >>>Ecstasy is very hard on my stomach

          eat first

        2. “U.S. Air National Guard Major Harry Schmidt was taking “go pills” (amphetamine?) when he bombed the Canadians at the Tarnak Farm Incident in 2002.”

          I recall hearing rumors of fighter pilots taking meth and cranking slayer’s war ensemble while flying into combat during gulf war I…but I never read anything substantiating it. Seems likely though.

          1. You know nothing of aviators if you think that sort of behavior and decision-making is ‘likely.’

            1. Yea not only is it likely, it really happened. See point 1.

              https://tinyurl.com/jfx3rcp

            2. You are an uninformed idiot.

              USAF regulations REQUIRE

              1. (whoops!)

                REQUIRE that pilots on long range missions (some over 18 hours) take (USAF physician) prescribed stimulants on said missions.

          2. but I never read anything substantiating it

            Well, Major Schmidt himself blamed (or tried to blame) the “go pills” for his keenness on dropping his bomb, so this is primary source for the claim that American pilots do take some kind of uppers on at least some (long duration) sorties.

            Defense lawyers also argued that if the pilots had erred, the blame for any misjudgments should rest with amphetamines that the Air Force authorizes pilots to use to stave off fatigue on long missions.

            (Actually, it is pretty nice that I’m able to dig up a contemporary reference to something which happened more than 16 years ago.)

            1. I agree with you. I was speaking to combat pilots in the first gulf war….

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            1. Yeah I can’t think of a Claypool group I don’t like. The guys got talent to say the least.

  8. And cops wonder why no one likes them. it would have been so easy to check ahead but also another reason these types of raids cause more harm than good. they claim to spend so much time to verify yet never actually physically verify which takes the least amount of time.

    1. Look, it would have taken an extra 30 seconds for them to verify the address. Do you know what someone could hopped on MDMA could do in 30 seconds? I don’t, but I’m pretty sure it’s nothing good. Sure, mistakes were made this time, but who knows how many lives these cops could have saved in those 30 seconds if they didn’t have the wrong house.

  9. Just once I would like to read a story like this where the cops pass a hat, replace the TV, and buy the kid a new cake. Think how much BAD PR they could have defused with those simple gestures.

    1. Almost as good as not crashing into the wrong house in the first place.

      1. Whoa, whoa, whoa, you’re coming dangerously close to expecting a minimum level of competency from a bunch of barely trained apes. Let’s remember to keep our expectations suitably low.

        1. They need a lot of work to come UP to the level of “barely trained apes.”

  10. Pigs gotta oink. Kids learned a valuable lesson that day: Fuck the Police.

  11. “If this is a strippergram by Chippendales dressed like cops, they’re certainly taking their time to get to the stripping part. Also, Chippendale’s has lowered its standards.”

  12. You’re not looking at the big picture, this was for the safety of the children.

    1. “We had to bomb the village to save it.”

      Where have I heard this bullshit before?

  13. This is exactly why I don’t reflexively support laws against people “SWATTING” other people. Whose fault is it, that an anonymous tip results in deaths due to police invading someone’s home for no good reason? It is the police.

    If you are going to argue that using the police is like wielding a deadly weapon, then the obvious problem is the police.

    1. This is exactly why I don’t reflexively support laws against people “SWATTING” other people.

      Maybe if filing a false police report were still a crime in Chicago…

  14. I realize it’s a minor thing, but why are cops permitted to drop f-bombs every other word? I’d feel more comfortable if our constabulary did not present as hormonal hair-trigger cunts.

    1. when I’m the only one allowed to carry a gun, I’ll drop all the motherfuckin’ f-bombs I want.

      1. Damned well said Diane/Paul.

      2. If only the 4 year-olds have been packing!

        How helpful you people are to the cause of police overreach. “Hold on a minute. I’ll get to that as soon as I’m done jacking off to my glock.”

        1. Count on Tony to misinterpret a post.

      3. when I’m the only one allowed to carry a gun, I’ll drop all the motherfuckin’ f-bombs I want.

        In their defense, it’s entirely possible they didn’t originally plan on leaving any witnesses.

    2. It’s the new professionalism. Haven’t you noticed how professional people talk to their customers nowadays? Doctors shout “Give me your fucking urine sample!” Financial planners scream “Give your fucking money!” Engineers bellow “Give me more fucking time!” Math professors snarl “Carry the fucking 1.”

      1. Engineers bellow “Give me more fucking time!”

        Well, ok, this one really happens.

  15. “My law firm took 30 seconds to do a person search and came up with [the suspect’s] most current address, which is on 83rd street nowhere near the property,” the family’s lawyer, Al Hofeld Jr., told the outlet.

    While we do not comment on pending or proposed litigation, for all criminal investigations, CPD makes every effort to ensure the validity and accuracy of all information that is used to apply for and execute search warrants.

    “Well, not every effort. You can’t expect our Heroes in Blue to spend a whole 30 seconds doing a google search or something (whatever that is) to verify an address.”

    Oftentimes this information comes from community sources and despite the vetting of material through a criminal court and the methodical process to authenticate addresses…

    “Community sources” = “the crackhead down the street who will say anything to avoid getting tossed in jail themselves” and “vetting of material” = “the address is a real address according to google maps,” but obviously not bothering to make sure the person named on the warrant still lives there.

    1. but obviously not bothering to make sure the person named on the warrant ever lived there.

      FTFY.

      1. He lived there five years ago.

        That’s called “close enough for government work.”

        1. Close enough for raiding a kid’s birthday party with guns drawn.

          I was fed up with SWAT type raids after the June 1970 Ken Ballew raid in Silver Spring MD.

          Half a century later its still disappointing.

  16. They sure are lucky they didn’t have a dog or two. Then bullets would have flown for sure, along with all the “collateral damage” that implies.

    1. Surely you’re not implying that cops are bad shots or something? Remember, cops are the only people qualified to handle a firearm.

      1. Old “Glock leg.”

      2. Rastafed. An oldie but goodie. Did you know that backbirth tried to sue the kid that took the video?

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    The 36-year-old reached a deferred prosecution deal that will wipe out the charges, though he will forfeit the $10,000 he posted for bond.

    1. In Chicago, there is a distinct difference between a court of law and a hall of justice.

    2. OBL has risen from the grave!

      [horror movie music]

      1. This is OBL’s Mueller Report.

    3. The sweet privilege of celebrity. Is the FBI still on him over the fake white powder terrorist attack?

    4. He was ready to testify against 2 innocent people to send them to jail, and only stopped when he realized it was his friends they had picked up. That is evil and should be punished. There’s no justice here

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  19. I wonder how cops think getting a search warrant gives them license to verbally abuse the people in the home. Is that proper procedure?

    1. What’s the point of invading a person’s home if you don’t get to verbally abuse them and any small children who happen to be present?

      1. These jerkwad citizens didn’t have a dog to shoot. What did they expect?

    2. Also execute as much property damage as needed to wear down the steroid buzz.

  20. The wars on drugs and terror have already trashed half of the Bill of Rights.

  21. Well, the donut shop was closed, and the cops heard on the street there was birthday cake with thick icing, so – – –

  22. The police were not after the drugs.

    Their target is assets.

    Everything else is collateral damage.

  23. It’s hard to see how this sort of thing does any good. Police need to stop treating law-abiding citizens, especially children, like dangerous criminals.

    And even stop treating non-dangerous criminals like dangerous criminals. I don’t see a reasonable need for a SWAT invasion, short of an actual hostage situation. Let’s change the scenario a bit. Suppose the bad guy was in the house, with a ton of ecstasy. Now the cops break in and serve the warrant.

    Who is more dangerous? The dealer or the cops?

  24. I came home from shopping one day to find the house cleaner than I left it, the kids (like 17, 14, 12, 8 at the time) sitting in the living room sitting very still and then the littlest one started to cry. Turns out the guy who used to live in our house had a warrant out for his arrest and the cops came by with a warrant to search for him. They told the kids that the constables would be by in the next few days too and they came 5:00 the next morning. even though we called the constables and told them that he didn’t live there.

    We weren’t searched after that because this guy apparently didn’t do anything search-warrant worthy but every time he was arrested, he’d give that address. Up until last year when we sold the house, we’d get letters from courts etc. for him. Do not they not realize that criminals lie? Of course, this was Houston and we’ve learned recently they don’t give a damn about facts but, jeez, wouldn’t it make their lives easier?

    I have to say that I am proud that my 17 asked to see the warrant before he let them in. He may never have committed a crime but he knows his Constitution.

    1. I suggest educating your 17 a little better, because this was likely an opportunity to file a lawsuit. The cops could easily have produced the arrest warrant, and entering a residence with such is lawful, but under two simultaneously met conditions stipulated by the Supreme Court in Payton v. New York:
      ” In Payton, the court set out a two pronged inquiry before police may enter a private residence to execute an arrest warrant. First, they must possess a reasonable belief that the residence is the suspect’s dwelling, and, second, they must have “reason to believe” that the suspect is within the dwelling. ” patc.com/enewsletter/legal-answers/2-oct07.htm

      If this was a repeated “mistake”, it indicated that they did not give a (…) about Payton – the governing law. Hey, your kids may need a college fund!

      1. I feel really sorry for your kids.

  25. I came home from shopping one day to find the house cleaner than I left it, the kids (like 17, 14, 12, 8 at the time) sitting in the living room sitting very still and then the littlest one started to cry. Turns out the guy who used to live in our house had a warrant out for his arrest and the cops came by with a warrant to search for him. They told the kids that the constables would be by in the next few days too and they came 5:00 the next morning. even though we called the constables and told them that he didn’t live there.

    We weren’t searched after that because this guy apparently didn’t do anything search-warrant worthy but every time he was arrested, he’d give that address. Up until last year when we sold the house, we’d get letters from courts etc. for him. Do not they not realize that criminals lie? Of course, this was Houston and we’ve learned recently they don’t give a damn about facts but, jeez, wouldn’t it make their lives easier?

    I have to say that I am proud that my 17 asked to see the warrant before he let them in. He may never have committed a crime but he knows his Constitution.

  26. Speaking of Chicago, apparently, the state attorney Kim Foxx — AFTER recusing herself due to conflicts of interest — decided to drop all charges on Smollett. CPD is demanding a federal investigation of her,

    1. Al Capone really fit into that City didn’t he?

      Fucking Chicago.

  27. Cheer when cops are shot in their fucking faces

    1. While I understand the sentiment, suing them is more productive.

      1. Why can’t we have both?

        1. Because one is about justice and the other is about preventing you from being them.

        2. Because it would require first winning a shooting match with a SWAT team, and then overcoming the outrage of the sheeple on the jury over their deceased “valiant heroes”. Possible, but long shots, in both cases.

  28. In cases such as this, I never see the name of the ‘honorable’ rubber stamp that signs off on these.
    I’d like to think that publicizing these cretins names would mitigate future botched raids, if even just a little.

  29. “CPD makes every effort to ensure the validity and accuracy of all information that is used to apply for and execute search warrants”

    Apparently not.

  30. Those Chicago cops were smart to point those guns at those seasoned four year old miscreants.
    Those kids can get pretty vicious and dangerous with those balloons.
    Its best not to take any chances.

  31. Due diligence.

    Do you backbirths with badges understand the concept?

  32. Heroic Police take down of unarmed 4 year old kids? Sure.

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  34. Propaganda in action.

    Look at the vitriol induced by knowing your audience and making an issue emotional, (4 year olds birthday, guns, battering rams, f bomb) and adding misleading information, (raiding wrong home,)

    Nowhere in this article is the conclusion that it was the wrong home to raid. The criminal isn’t always there. That’s why it’s called a “search” warrant and not a “find” warrant.

    People who live with crooks lie and are reasonably subject to the realities of their relationship with police.

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  36. It may be that the only people who are still willing to be cops in Chicago are the azzh0les.

  37. Why can’t cops surround the building, politely knock on the door, explain they have a warrant for someone, and ask that person to come out. Then if the occupants say that person isn’t there and hasn’t lived there for five years conduct a brief search to verify the person isn’t there and leave.

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