Bodycam Video Of A Woman Handcuffed Naked In Failed Police Raid Is Released

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Bodycam Video Of A Woman Handcuffed Naked In Failed Police Raid Is Released
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Anjanette Young, the woman at the center of the incident, had reportedly told police officers at least 43 times that they were in the wrong home.

Bodycam footage of Chicago police officers wrongly raiding a woman’s home has been released almost two years after the incident first occurred.

In a report from CBS 2 Chicago, the raid took place on Feb. 21, 2019, when a group of male police officers struck Anjanette Young’s door with a battering ram and entered her home with guns drawn.

“It was so traumatic to hear the thing that was hitting the door,” Young said. “And it happened so fast, I didn’t have time to put on clothes.”

‘There were big guns,” Young added. “Guns with lights and scopes on them. And they were yelling at me, you know, put your hands up, put your hands up.”

The footage shows Young being handcuffed with her hands behind her back as she stands naked, the social worker having just gotten home from a shift at a hospital she works at. The report goes on to note that although an officer wrapped a short coat around Young’s shoulders, it still left her front completely exposed. She remained naked while officers stood around in her home. Only 13 minutes into the raid was when a female officer walked Young into her room so she could get dressed, but she remained in handcuffs.

“It’s one of those moments where I felt I could have died that night,” she said. “Like if I would have made one wrong move, it felt like they would have shot me. I truly believe they would have shot me.”

According to the report, Young had told the officers at least 43 times that they were in the wrong home and believed they had bad information, which CBS 2 confirmed in an investigation. Per CBS 2:

Despite no evidence in the complaint that police made efforts to independently verify the informant’s tip, such as conducting any surveillance or additional checks as required by policy, the search warrant was approved by an assistant state’s attorney and a judge.

But CBS 2 quickly found, through police and court records, the informant gave police the wrong address. The 23-year-old suspect police were looking for actually lived in the unit next door to Young at the time of the raid and had no connection to her.

CBS 2 also found police could have easily tracked the suspect’s location and where he really lived because at the time of the raid, he was wearing an electronic monitoring device.

Last year, Young had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the video to be released to the public, but the Chicago Police Department denied her requests. She recently got access to the footage after a court forced CPD to turn it over as part of her lawsuit against the department.

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