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Chicago Police Agree to Reforms After Wrong-Door Raid on a Naked Woman's Home Sparked Nearly 100 Misconduct Allegations

Some of the changes may make a difference. Others, not so much.

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"You've got the wrong house," screamed Anjanette Young in February of 2019, shortly after a group of officers with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) used a battering ram to barge into her apartment with guns brandished. They handcuffed her while she stood there, naked, surrounded by a squadron of male cops. "You've got the wrong place!"

She would go on to remind them of that fact at least 43 times, as heard on body camera footage recorded that evening and released late last year. The officers zeroed in on her residence by way of a confidential informant, who told them a man lived at her address with an illegally possessed firearm. Otherwise known as "John Doe" warrants, they give authorities permission to seek access to someone's homes with anonymized complaints.

In this case, the suspect lived next door.

"Oh my God, this cannot be right," Young yelled through tears. "How is this legal!?"

It's a decent question: A report from Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability found about 100 misconduct allegations in that one raid alone. It's also one the department has sought to address in the months after the footage widely circulated following a report from the local CBS affiliate. A new search warrant policy goes into effect May 28.

Some of the changes may be impactful; others, not so much. A female officer, for example, will be required to be on-site when warrants are executed. One wonders how that will create much systemic change. Perhaps more consequential is that several supervisors will now be required to sign off on any raids where someone might be home, and bureau chiefs will have to review applications for those John Doe warrants.

That may have saved Young a traumatic experience.

"It wasn't initially approved or some crap," one officer can be heard saying on the body camera footage as he looks at his warrant notes in his police cruiser.

"What does that mean?" another responds.

"I have no idea, because, I mean, they told him it was approved," the first cop responds. "Then I guess that person messed up on their end."

Still, some are unconvinced that CPD's tweaks are sufficient. "At least one department critic said the changes do not go far enough," reports The Chicago Tribune, "pointing to an ordinance that was drafted in February 2021 that included more demands for transparency and stronger language around prohibiting aggressive interactions, such as pointing a gun at a child, during the execution of warrants."

That's particularly relevant when considering CPD's sordid history executing similar warrants. "CBS 2's investigation found that Chicago SWAT teams were frequently relying on unverified search warrants to ransack houses; hold families, including children, at gunpoint; and in one case handcuff an 8-year-old child," wrote Reason Criminal Justice Reporter C.J. Ciaramella in December of last year. "In another case, 17 Chicago police officers burst into a family's house with their guns drawn during a four-year-old's birthday party. One Chicago family says police officers raided their house three times in four months looking for someone that the family says it doesn't even know."

In recent years, there have been 10 such lawsuits alleging that Chicago police botched warrants and wielded them against the wrong people, terrorizing them in the process. Unfortunately, Young can add her name to that list.

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38 responses to “Chicago Police Agree to Reforms After Wrong-Door Raid on a Naked Woman's Home Sparked Nearly 100 Misconduct Allegations

  1. In every case it’s a city run by democrats.

    1. If you read more about the suit, the lady had to fight like hell to get the videos and, while she denied knowing anything about the incident, it came out that Mayor Lighfoot was actually helping with the effort to keep the videos hidden.

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      2. Tis the Chicago Way.

    2. “In every case it’s a city run by democrats.”

      I do not think it is every case.

      But it clearly is enough that Reason’s failure to note an obvious pattern is in and of itself an obvious pattern.

      Blind eyes turned most conveniently.

    3. You’re just jealous they get pensions and you don’t.

    4. It takes a lot of twinkies, chicken sandwiches, and grape sodas to raise the blacks. Those things ain’t cheap.

  2. A new search warrant policy goes into effect May 28.

    Get while gettin’s good, boys!

  3. Trans or cis?

    1. They handcuffed her while she stood there, naked, surrounded by a squadron of male cops.

      If a squadron of female officers had rammed the door down and surrounded her with their guns drawn, it would’ve been fine.

      1. Trans or cis female officers?

  4. “pointing to an ordinance that was drafted in February 2021 that included more demands for transparency and stronger language around prohibiting aggressive interactions, such as pointing a gun at a child, during the execution of warrants.”

    Wow. They need an ordinance to tell them not to point a gun at a child. What kind of a disgusting excuse for a human being needs a piece of legislation to tell them to not threaten to kill children in front of their parents? Oh yeah, the same people who shoot every dog they see so they can enjoy the pain it causes to the pet owner.

    1. They need an ordinance to tell them not to point a gun at a child. What kind of a disgusting excuse for a human being needs a piece of legislation to tell them to not threaten to kill children in front of their parents?

      I’ll bite:

      A country with an education system that… starting around the 1960s started teaching young people what to think instead of how to think?

    2. What if the kid is brandishing a gun or other dangerous weapon?

  5. moar pixels!

  6. As long as the union got their dues last month, it’s all good.

  7. “A female officer, for example, will be required to be on-site when warrants are executed.”

    Well, that seems to raise the question, what is a female officer?
    A real, DNA provable female, a female who looks female, a child bearing person, exactly WHAT is this rule describing?
    Which is worse, violating the supreme court rulings on search and seizure, or violating the supreme court ruling that there ain’t no such thing as male and female any more?

    1. “Oh, very well. An officer who self-identifies as female will be required.”

      1. Anything butch with boobs.

  8. A bigger issue is why exactly do we need a SWAT team to investigate the possible existence of an unregistered firearm? Doesn’t Chicago have enough actual murders to investigate?

    1. gun violence is a public health crisis within our nation, and Republicans refuse to do anything about it.

      1. Gang violence is a public health crisis within our nation, and Democrats refuse to do anything about it.

      2. Yes, gun violence is a public health crisis, but it seems the only violence in this case was on the part of the cops. They went to the wrong location and terrorized this poor woman with their guns and forceful behavior and damaged her apartment. Even if they had the correct address, it was overkill. The dude they were looking for was suspected of having an unregistered gun…no hard evidence. There are a lot of ways to safely apprehend a suspect without busting in with a no-knock warrant after dark. That tactic is more likely to prompt him to shoot at the cops, in fear for his life, not knowing who was busting in his door.

        Bottom line, the city owes the woman a sincere and very public apology (like the Mayor and Police Chief personally visit her and deliver the city’s apology. They compensate her for any legal expenses or counseling/therapy she had to get to deal with fear and grief, and pay for any damage they did to the apartment. As part of the resolution, they need to identify who authorized this tragedy and take appropriate action to insure that they are never in a position to fuck up like that again.

      3. Public Health concerns diseases and illnesses, while guns are solid man-made objects, not viruses and bacteria. What you are babbling about is how the criminal lowlives you coddle love to use guns to commit crimes.

        1. Furthermore, she doesn’t worry about all the crimes committed with knives, sticks, rocks, and bare hands. Those don’t bother her, but the possibility that someone might be carrying a weapon to defend herself against a bigger, stronger attacker terrifies her.

  9. “bureau chiefs will have to review applications for those John Doe warrants”

    Why not have a judge review it? No, wait, they already have that, but the judges have a handy supply of rubber stamps.

    1. These “bureau chiefs”, of course, are inherently wise and benevolent, and will review each application with the utmost wisdom and care that each presumed innocent until proven guilty citizen deserves.

  10. It’s a decent question: A report from Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability found about 100 misconduct allegations in that one raid alone.

    BLM seeks to “strengthen public sector unions”.

  11. “Chicago Police Agree to Reforms”

    Yep. The same reforms they’ve agreed to a hundred times before. The ones that they never actually make.

  12. My longtime Usenet ally, Christopher Charles Morton, made this observation about Chicago.

    https://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/08/police-supt-mccarthy-legacy-of-racism-plagues-todays-police-officers.html?cid=6a00d83451b4ba69e2014e8ad3de79970d#comment-6a00d83451b4ba69e2014e8ad3de79970d

    The truth is that the rank and file of the Chicago Police Department has operated beyond the rule of law for so long that they simply will not tolerate ANYONE who even hints at reining them in. This is an institutional problem of long standing… such long standing that it was an old story when my late grandmother was a trainee ambulance driver for WWI.

    Will this ever change? It’s doubtful. Who were the victims of Jon Burge’s torture ring? Blacks. Who elected and reelected for 20+ years as mayor, the man who was Cook County State’s Attorney during the height of the reign of terror? Blacks. It’s like French Jews voting for Klaus Barbie as Mayor of Lyon.

    As far as I can see, Chicago is the way it is because the people are content to have it so. And that includes having a police department inside of which a home invasion and kidnapping ring could operate for YEARS without anybody seeing ANYTHING.

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  14. Who runs Chicago now, Betelgeuse?

  15. As long as they don’t add accountability into the mix, CPD should be just fine with business as usual.

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