Chicago, IL – Police smashed in the door of a Chicago social worker’s home and handcuffed her naked while they searched for a drug suspect, but it turned out they had the wrong address (video below).
It took more than a year for the entire debacle to become public because the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sued to keep the police bodycam footage from being released.
The incident began on Feb. 20, 2019 after an informant told police that he had recently seen a known felon with a gun and ammunition at a specific address, WBBM reported.
According to the complaint Chicago police filed to get the search warrant, the officer pulled up a picture of the known felon and showed it to the informant who confirmed that it was the person who had the gun and ammunition.
Then the officer took his informant to confirm the address where he had seen the suspect.
The complaint did not indicate that CPD conducted any surveillance on the address, nor did they do any of the additional checks to confirm the address that are required by police department policy, WBBM reported.
But it turned out that the informant had given police the wrong address for the 23-year-old suspect that he had identified.
In fact, the suspect lived next door to the unit the police busted into, a fact that could have been easily verified because the suspect was wearing an electronic ankle monitor when officers raided his neighbor’s apartment, WBBM reported.
The raid took place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2019, just minutes after licensed social worker Anjanette Young got home from work and took off her clothing.
Bodycam video showed a squad of nine CPD officers used a battering ram to smash into the apartment building and then into Young’s unit.
“It was so traumatic to hear the thing that was hitting the door,” Young told WBBM. “And it happened so fast, I didn’t have time to put on clothes.”
The bodycam showed nine male officers rushed into Young’s apartment as she stood naked and shocked.
Officers yelled “Police search warrant,” and “Hands up, hands up, hands up” as they entered with their weapons drawn and pointed in Young’s direction.
“There were big guns,” Young told WBBM. “Guns with lights and scopes on them. And they were yelling at me, you know, ‘put your hands up, put your hands up.’”
The bodycam video showed Young looked terrified as she stood naked while an officer handcuffed her hands behind her back.
She was left standing naked for several minutes.
“What is going on?” Young yelled in the video. “There’s nobody else here, I live alone. I mean, what is going on here? You’ve got the wrong house. I live alone.”
She told WBBM that she was afraid that if she had made one wrong move, they would have shot her.
Finally, an officer draped a short coat over the naked, handcuffed woman’s shoulders but it didn’t cover up her butt or her exposed front side, the video showed.
The video showed male officers standing all over the apartment as Young stood handcuffed and completely exposed for several minutes while they searched for the suspect.
“It felt like forever to me,” Young told WBBM. “It felt like forever.”
After a couple minutes, an officer brought a blanket over and wrapped it around Young, but handcuffed, she couldn’t hold it in place, the video showed.
Bodycam showed one officer standing in front of the naked, sobbing woman but doing nothing to help her, and then another officer came over and held the blanket closed around her.
“Tell me what’s going on,” Young begged in the video. “You’ve got the wrong house, you’ve got the wrong house, you’ve got the wrong house.”
The bodycam video showed Young told police they had the wrong house at least 43 times.
She begged them to let her get dressed and told them repeatedly that she thought they must have the wrong address, the video showed.
“There’s no one else who lives in this apartment?” the sergeant asked in the video.
“No, no one else lives here,” Young told him.
“Oh my God, this cannot be right. How is this legal?” she asked in the video.
A female officer arrived on the scene 13 minutes into the raid and took Young back into a bedroom to put on some clothing, WBBM reported.
“Who are you looking for?” Young asked several times. “I’ve been living here for four years and nobody lives here but me.”
“I’m telling you this is wrong,” she cried in the video. “I have nothing to do with whoever this person is you are looking for.”
“OK, OK, you don’t have to shout,” the sergeant said in the video.
“I don’t have to shout?” Young yelled back at him. “This is f–king ridiculous. You’ve got me in handcuffs. I’m naked, and you kicked my house in. I keep telling you, you’ve got the wrong place.”
Young was right and it didn’t take the sergeant on the scene long to figure out something was amiss with the raid, the bodycam showed.
“Ma’am, there’s no firearms in this place?” the sergeant asked in the video.
“There’s no gun in this place… no, no, no,” Young answered. “I am a social worker… I’ve been a social worker for 20 years. I follow the law. I don’t get in trouble for anything. I don’t do illegal stuff. I’m not that person. You’ve got the wrong information.”
Bodycam video showed the sergeant told the officer who got the warrant that he wanted to talk to him.
“I want to have a conversation with you, let’s go talk outside,” the sergeant said.
The bodycam was turned off before that conversation happened, WBBM reported.
Police removed Young’s handcuffs 20 minutes after that.
“I do apologize for bothering you tonight,” the sergeant told her in the video. “I assure you that the city will be in contact with you tomorrow.”
“Is there anything I can do right now?” the sergeant asked.
“Just leave and let me move on, this is so crazy,” Young cried in the video.
“Again, I do apologize for meeting you this way,” the sergeant said. “I will do everything I can do to get the door fixed.”
But officers couldn’t fix her door and tried to wedge an ironing board in to hold it closed, WBBM reported.
No investigation was opened into the botched raid until nine months after it happened.
That was when WBBM broke the story about what had happened and the Chicago Office of Police Accountability (COPA) started looking into it.
Both Young and WBBM filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to get the bodycam video but the police department denied the requests.
In November, more than a year after the investigation began, COPA claimed it was “still in the process of serving allegations and conducting all necessary officer interviews.”
Young filed a lawsuit against CPD and was finally able to get the court to release the bodycam footage to her in December.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had the city file an emergency motion in federal court to stop the video from being released but the city lost.
“I feel like they didn’t want us to have this video because they knew how bad it was,” Young told WBBM. “They knew they had done something wrong. They knew that the way they treated me was not right.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: