WASHINGTON | Chicago officials were under fire on Friday after a video was released showing police, who had a wrong address, raiding the home of a black social worker and handcuffing her while she was naked.
The police raid, which smashed down Anjanette Young’s door with a ram, dates back to February 21, 2019.
That evening, Mme Young had just returned home and was changing when the police broke into her home, she told the channel CBS 2 Chicago.
On the video, taken by the police pedestrian cameras, we see her naked (the image is blurred) and handcuffed, visibly shocked and terrified.
“What’s going on?” Asks the social worker. “There is no one else here, I live alone. This is not the house you are looking for. ”
“How is it possible that this is legal?” we hear him cry while crying in the video.
The police seem to finally realize their mistake, and one of them apologizes to her.
Mme Young, 50, told the TV station that she thought she “might have died that night.”
“If I had made a sideways gesture, I think they would have shot me,” she said, saying she felt “humiliated”.
According to CBS 2, the person wanted by the police lived right next to Mr.me Young. An informant would have given the wrong address.
The video was just released after a court recently ordered police to provide it to Mr.me Young in connection with his law enforcement complaint.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was “deeply sorry” about the incident according to the Chicago Tribune, promising that those responsible would be held to account.
City lawyers, however, tried to block the video from being broadcast.
M’s lawyerme Young wondered if the police would have acted that way if she had been “a young white woman.”
“I don’t think so,” Keenan Saulter told CBS 2. “I think that [les agents] would have rightly seen this woman as someone vulnerable who deserved to be protected, who deserved to remain worthy. [Or] they saw Mme Young as less than human. ”
What happened to Mme Young recalls the case of Breonna Taylor, a young black caregiver killed in the middle of the night during a search of her home in March in Kentucky, and whose name was chanted during the anti-racist protests that rocked the country this summer following the death of George Floyd.
A resounding federal investigation concluded in 2017 that abuse of force and racist prejudice among police officers was recurrent in Chicago.