Chicago PD Oversight Says Officers Racked Up 100 Misconduct Allegations During A Single Wrong Address Raid

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More than two years after Chicago police officers terrorized a naked 50-year-old social worker during the raid of a wrong address, the PD’s independent oversight — the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) — has issued its report. How much of it will result in actual discipline remains to be seen, but there’s a whole lot of misconduct to be had. (via FourthAmendment.com)

COPA’s investigation led to more than 30 interviews including officers, civilians, a member of the judiciary, an assistant state’s attorney and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the review of hundreds of pages of documentary evidence and hours of video material relevant to this incident. The investigation produced nearly one hundred allegations of misconduct stemming from the actions of more than a dozen officers.

Anjanette Young’s house was raided in February 2019. CPD officers bashed down her door just as she was headed to bed. Here’s COPA’s clinical description of that encounter, which still makes it pretty clear how traumatizing it was.

COPA’s investigation revealed that within entry to Ms. Young’s home, she was naked and immediately handcuffed. Within approximately 31 seconds after entry, an officer attempts to cover Ms. Young with a jacket and 14 seconds later covered her more fully with a blanket. Ms. Young remained handcuffed for nearly 10 minutes after which she was allowed to dress and then handcuffed again. In total, Ms. Young was handcuffed for nearly 17 minutes.

Young was handcuffed, covered in only a blanket, for more than 10 minutes. This was all captured by officers’ body cams. However, the cameras were off when the officers decided to acknowledge the fact that they were in the wrong apartment.

This investigation wouldn’t have happened without the release of the bodycam footage — something that was initially blocked by the Chicago PD. Making matters worse for everyone involved, Mayor Lori Lightfoot pretended she’d never heard about the raid until the local news had covered it.

The mayor initially insisted she knew nothing about the raid until WBBM-TV (Channel 2) aired the video in December.

But after reviewing internal emails, the mayor was forced to admit she learned about the raid in November 2019, when a top aide warned Lightfoot about a “pretty bad wrongful raid” by Chicago police.

“I have a lot of questions about this one,” she wrote at the time to top aides.

Lightfoot went as far as to demand the resignation of a city attorney over the failure to release the recordings earlier despite Lightfoot being instrumental in helping withhold the records from the raid victim and journalists making public records requests.

COPA itself was unaware of the raid until it was asked by the Chicago PD attorney handling Anjanette Young’s request for the recordings if there was an investigation underway. That was November 2019, seven months after the raid. The opportunistic PD then used this newly-initiated investigation as an excuse to deny requests for the videos.

This raid prompted calls for change from several city and state officials, including Illinois State Attorney General Kwame Raoul. The state sued the city over the PD’s “pattern and practice” of violating rights in January of this year, demanding a consent decree that would drastically modify how the department handled search warrants.

The Chicago PD has had years to improve. But it hasn’t. This traumatic wrong house raid isn’t anything unusual for the department. It’s just the latest — one that managed to expose how much city officials will do to protect the department, despite publicly claiming they want better policing.

The same month the CPD raided Anjanette Young’s house, they raided another wrong address, giving children celebrating a birthday the gift of lifelong PTSD.

A family in Chicago has filed a lawsuit, claiming that the Chicago Police raided the wrong home during a 4-year-old’s birthday party.

Stephanie Bures, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, claims that officers had the wrong house during the Feb. 10 raid, claiming that the suspect sought by police had not lived there for five years.

Bures claimed in the lawsuit that 17 officers raided the home during her son’s birthday party. The lawsuit claims that officers pointed guns at the 4-year-old, and Bures’ 7-year-old child.

Another lawsuit filed the same year claimed CPD officers engaged in multiple wrong house raids at the same address.

Chicago police incorrectly raided the same family’s home three times over the course of four months this year, according to a federal civil rights complaint filed Friday.

The complaint was filed against the city and Chicago Police Department on behalf of Krystal Archie and her three children: 14-year-old Savannah, 11-year-old Telia and 7-year-old Jhaimarion, according to a statement from Archie’s attorney Al Holfeld.

That’s all from a single year of the CPD engaging in warrant service. The problems with the PD and its officers date back years, though. It’s been the subject of DOJ investigations and federal court orders. And has long been seen as a place where corruption is not only ignored, but encouraged.

The conclusion of this investigation moves the CPD slightly towards accountability. But only slightly. It’s up to the police department to actually punish its officers and demand more accuracy and accountability from those engaging in guns-out raids of residents’ houses.

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Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Restless94110 and Shel10 don’t do answers. They’re just in it to do hit-and-run propaganda for the Proud Boys.

And Koby may be hopeless when it comes to section 230 or free speech but he at least has enough of a brain to abstain from the more obvious tells of fascism.

It’s not hard to imagine what they’d be saying though. We just copy one of Baghdad bob’s old rants about law enforcement and copyright infringement where the accuser can do no wrong, the cop is always the hero, the bleeding collateral damage is privileged to be a martyr for the cause and the suspect should be shot on site to save the taxpayers money, justice be done, Amen.

Koby (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I don’t really like the idea of calling the Young situation a case of a raid on the wrong house. Rather, the cops trusted a bogus CI and then raided the location with zero actual investigation. It wasn’t a "wrong house raid", it was a "right house incompetence".

I don’t think anyone involved in this screwup should get immunity. Whoever led them to the wrong address should pay a price. The CI should go to jail for just making stuff up. The investigating officer should probably be fired for negligence. Then, it appears that the cover-up goes all the way up to the mayor, so if it were up to me then there would be a recall petition circulating. When bad outcomes occur, there should be some accountability. But this is Chicago, so I won’t hold my breath.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

"I don’t really like the idea of calling the Young situation a case of a raid on the wrong house. Rather, the cops trusted a bogus CI and then raided the location with zero actual investigation. It wasn’t a "wrong house raid", it was a "right house incompetence"."

Have you ever considered opening a pretzel store? Because the way you twisted there would probably be impressive if was in pastry form. As it is, it’s an obviously desperate attempt to shift culpability.

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

"I don’t really like the idea of calling the Young situation a case of a raid on the wrong house."

Except that factually it was.

Koby, have you hung around Stormfront so long you’ve picked up the extreme allergic reaction the alt-right has to fact?

It is a fact the PD raided the wrong house. It may be relevant for the debate to note the whole system which provided this sad outcome is broken. It is relevant to note that the cops stood around bodycamming a naked, handcuffed, obviously unarmed female social workers for half a minute. It is relevant to note that it would take the dumbest dimbulb a few seconds flat to tell their partner "Oh, shit, Virgil, I think dis is da wrong house!".

It isn’t relevant in the least that someone thought it was the correct address.

Normally when the topic isn’t free speech you aren’t this bereft of basic logic, Koby. I think you need to find new friends because the broken logic is rubbing off on you.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I don’t really like the idea of calling the Young situation a case of a raid on the wrong house.

Officers were there to execute a search warrant, police documents show. But they were in the wrong home.

But CBS 2 found police didn’t do sufficient research to independently verify what the informant told them, including where the suspect actually lived. Through a quick search of publicly available information, CBS 2 found the suspect had listed address across the street.

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That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

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because dem evil evil black folk have magical powers & can suddenly leap from shadows killing you in seconds!
so the best thing to do, is surprise them, then shoot them before they shoot you with anything in or near their hands even if its only remotely gun shaped, because you getting home safe is the most important thing.
They gonna sue you either way & well lets be honest if your bodycam has malfunctioned & the target is dead, you get to explain how the target had sudden ninja skills & needed to be stopped immediately to keep bystanders safe.

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That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

"Chicago police incorrectly raided the same family’s home three times over the course of four months this year"

I guess since they had to close the black site they were using to electrically encourage confessions from ‘suspects’ by applying the current to the testicles has left the unable to understand how investigations are supposed to work.

You actually have to make sure the target lived there in the recent past & maybe drive by and see if they are still there.
You can’t just pick some random kid off the street, take him to the black site & zap him until you get a confession.
Police work is hard when you actually have to do it & not just beat someone until its ‘solved’!

ECA (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

I wonder why? not really.
As all those Above us, Poor people, tend to be a GREAT example of being truthful, and just, and everything ELSE they demand of us.

Why should WE, be the only ones telling the truth.

OR, why cant the cops check the residence with the LAND OWNER OR PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS??
SEND A STUPID REGISTERED LETTER, that REQUIRES A SIGNATURE. PLAY POST OFFICE.

At least have more then 1 person knowing the ADDRESS, so you hit the correct one.
Lived in PTLD for 20 years, Love my thomas guide, As its a metro of about 20 smaller cities collected over 100 years. ASK WHERE and what section of town before you KNOCK on the door or do a delivery.

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Tanner Andrews (profile) says:

Not Much Change Happening

I remember back in 1968, the Chicago PD went crazy trying to stomp out demonstrations during a political convention. They called it “law and order”. The political conventioneers encouraged it.

In the proud Chicago tradition, the rioting cops were not prosecuted. The protesters were. The trial courts pretty well beclowned themselves. Mayor Daley denied that there was any problem with the cops.

Fifty-some years later, the Chicago PD is still running amok. The state’s attys are still not prosecuting the officers. And Mayor Lightfoot is still proudly denying that there is a problem.

Need you ask where the police union was during all these decades?

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Not Much Change Happening

"Need you ask where the police union was during all these decades?"

Screaming at the top of their lungs about how any suggestion officers of the law should be held to standards was commie propaganda and bleeding-heart liberalism soft on crime?

Same as today, I expect. Except that you replace "commie" with "antifa".

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PaulT (profile) says:

"Chicago Police raided the wrong home during a 4-year-old’s birthday party… officers had the wrong house… the suspect sought by police had not lived there for five years."

"Chicago police incorrectly raided the same family’s home three times over the course of four months "

Weird… usually these threads are full of people telling you that if you commit no crime and swear undying fealty to the badge then you’ve never have a bad interaction with them.

Where are those guys now? Are they lost, or do those claims only count when trying to defend the times where the cops shot the innocent?

"the cameras were off when the officers decided to acknowledge the fact that they were in the wrong apartment"

Because of course they were…

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Anonymous Coward says:

Wtf

How do you raid the wrong house 3 times in 12 weeks? This is just pure slop and laziness.

Seriously, how do these people still have jobs?

Even the bare minimum investigation would have shown they’d already raided the house and found nothing.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Wtf

Not really, it’s a natural consequence of no trust and incompetence.

Lone sane voice: Why don’t we consolidate our data so we don’t duplicate efforts?

Vice: No way! We can’t trust those in gang violence to know what they’re doing!

Gang violence: Are you crazy? Those idiots in the other groups would just mess things up.

Murder investigation: No way. Doing that would compromise our sources.

Neighborhood patrol: ….

….

Bill Silverstein (profile) says:

Re: Found nothing?

They found something. If there was nothing to find, they would not have raided the house. They found drugs, guns that had been stolen from the police evidence lockers, because 4 year olds will organize capers to steal from the police.

We know the police could never of planted anything or made a mistake.

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re: Found nothing?

You need a sarcasm tag there, Bill. No matter how insane your parody of cop apologists become I guarantee you there’s been at least three of them around taking it one step further. In earnest.

I mean, consider Restless94110 who tried to explain away how George Floyd "violently resisted arrest" and "died due to an overdose" when there was actual camera evidence of Chauvin sitting on Floyd’s neck with a smug, focused expression for minutes after an officer was heard to shout "there’s no heartbeat"…

Poe’s Law still holds the throne. Sarcasm is dead.

Almost Anonymous says:

Two things

Two things stand out for me in this story:

  1. "Making matters worse for everyone involved, Mayor Lori Lightfoot pretended she’d never heard about the raid until the local news had covered it." No, she lied. Period. Let’s not sugarcoat it by saying she pretended blah blah, she just straight up lied.

  2. "The lawsuit claims that officers pointed guns at the 4-year-old, and Bures’ 7-year-old child." I have zero problem believing this, but damn, the VERY FIRST BASIC tenet of gun safety is you don’t point your gun at something you don’t intend to kill/destroy. So at least one officer thought it was without the realm of probability that they were going to have to gun down a couple of small kids. JFC
Coyne Tibbets (profile) says:

The usual story

Sometimes I wonder if the cops bring along a chesty stripper for the Judge to closely inspect while he signs the unread warrant.

But the reality is, the officers come waving a claim of probable cause — and the only thing the judge does is decide if their claims do constitute probable cause. Since the application is basically ex parte there’s no one to argue for citizen rights or to check for errors or malfeasance.

Typo’d addresses and cop lies are matters for the court hearing and trial, assuming the cops arrest anyone to bring to court. If they do find somethig good, the errors fall under the "good faith" exception and the lies get explained as "oops, good faith errors" or fall down the same "good luck proving that" rathole as the parallel construction.

If the cops don’t find anything good — as in this case — cop stonewalling usually buries it…no proof.

Either way, usually no consequences. Where’s the incentive to do better?

Oh, right, the bleeping bleeping bleep bleep of a bleep cameras…

Any wonder that we want the cops to wear cameras and they don’t?

Anonymous Coward says:

Why would they "raid" the same house multiple times?

One suspects that the PD had drugs stored and the property or illegal cash nearby and needed excuses to move it elsewhere.

Seems likely given the Chicago PD run their own kingpin drug empire, murdering anyone that tries to muscle in or disappearing their family into "homan square" (i.e. the Chicago PDs own personal and highly illegal torture / concentration camp)

I’ve never got why CPD were never charged with crimes against humanity etc by the United Nations given they run an ACTUAL concentration camp/death camp 100% outside the bounds of the law inside the US itself.

The US army should be sent in, arrest every CPD officer involved and free the victims.

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