By Dave Savini, Samah Assad, Michele Youngerman

CHICAGO (CBS) — For the primary time, police physique digital camera video reveals what an innocent woman said happened to her almost two years in the past: law enforcement officials wrongly entered her dwelling with weapons drawn and handcuffed her bare as she watched in horror.

Final yr, Anjanette Younger filed a Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request for the video to point out the general public what occurred to her that day. CBS 2 additionally filed a request for the video. However the Chicago Police Division denied the requests.

Younger just lately obtained the footage after a courtroom compelled CPD to show it over as a part of her lawsuit in opposition to police.

“I really feel like they didn’t need us to have this video as a result of they knew how dangerous it was,” Younger stated. “They knew that they had completed one thing incorrect. They knew that the way in which they handled me was not proper.”

Hours earlier than the TV model of this report broadcast, town’s legal professionals tried to cease CBS 2 from airing the video by submitting an emergency movement in federal courtroom.

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The video reveals on Feb. 21, 2019, 9 physique cameras rolled as a gaggle of male officers entered her dwelling at 7 p.m. Not lengthy earlier than, the licensed social employee completed her shift on the hospital and had undressed in her bed room.

That’s when she stated she heard a loud, pounding noise.

Outdoors, officers repeatedly struck her door with a battering ram. From varied angles, the video captured the moments they broke down the door and burst by her dwelling.

“It was so traumatic to listen to the factor that was hitting the door,” Younger stated, as she watched the video. “And it occurred so quick, I didn’t have time to placed on garments.”

As they rushed inside with weapons drawn, officers yelled, “Police search warrant,” and “Fingers up, palms up, palms up.” Seconds later, Younger may very well be seen in the lounge, shocked and fully bare, along with her palms up.

“There have been massive weapons,” Younger remembered. “Weapons with lights and scopes on them. They usually had been yelling at me, you understand, put your palms up, put your palms up.”

Younger seemed terrified and confused as she watched officers search the house. An officer put her palms behind her again and handcuffed her as she stood bare.

“What’s going on?” Younger yelled within the video. “There’s no person else right here, I stay alone. I imply, what’s going on right here? You’ve acquired the incorrect home. I stay alone.”

“It’s a kind of moments the place I felt I may have died that evening,” she stated. “Like if I might have made one incorrect transfer, it felt like they’d have shot me. I actually consider they’d have shot me.”

And like so many other wrong raids CBS 2 uncovered, the one on Younger’s dwelling may have been prevented.

Utilizing physique digital camera video and police and courtroom information, CBS 2 pieced collectively – second by second – not solely how Younger was handled throughout the raid, but additionally how police didn’t examine the dangerous tip that led them there.

Younger just lately agreed to an interview to debate the physique digital camera video after she first spoke to CBS 2 last year. CBS 2 blurred parts of the video during which Younger was unclothed.

Together with her palms certain behind her again, the video exhibits an officer wrapped a brief coat round her shoulders. However the coat solely lined her shoulders and higher again – leaving her entrance fully uncovered as she stood in opposition to the wall. Officers stood round her dwelling – within the kitchen, the lounge and the hallways – whereas she remained bare.

“It felt like endlessly to me,” she stated. “It felt like endlessly.”

About two minutes after police entered the house, an officer discovered a blanket and wrapped it round Younger as she sobbed and repeatedly requested officers who they had been on the lookout for.

“They simply threw one thing over me, and my palms are behind me and I’m handcuffed,” Younger stated in an interview. “So there’s no approach for me to safe the blanket round me.”

The blanket continued to slip open and expose her physique. One video clip exhibits an officer stood in entrance of Younger however made no try and cowl her. One other officer walked over and held the blanket closed.

Younger continued to beg police for solutions.

“Inform me what’s occurring,” she cried within the video.

“You’ve acquired the incorrect home, you’ve acquired the incorrect home, you’ve acquired the incorrect home,” Younger repeated.

“There’s nobody else who lives on this condo?” the sergeant requested.

“No, nobody else lives right here,” Younger stated.

Younger instructed police no less than 43 instances they had been within the incorrect dwelling. She repeatedly requested them to permit her to dress and instructed them she believed that they had dangerous info.

“Oh my God, this can’t be proper,” Younger stated throughout the raid. “How is that this authorized?”

Police did have dangerous info, CBS 2 Investigators uncovered, and so they didn’t do primary checks to verify whether or not they had the proper handle earlier than getting the search warrant authorized.

In line with CPD’s grievance for search warrant, in the future earlier than the raid, a confidential informant instructed the affiant – or lead officer on the raid – that he just lately noticed a 23-year-old man who was a recognized felon with gun and ammunition.

The doc stated the officer discovered a photograph of the suspect in a police database and confirmed it to the informant, who confirmed it was him. The officer then drove the informant to the handle the place the informant claimed the suspect lived.

Regardless of no proof within the grievance that police made efforts to independently confirm the informant’s tip, corresponding to conducting any surveillance or further checks as required by coverage, the search warrant was authorized by an assistant state’s legal professional and a choose.

However CBS 2 shortly discovered, by police and courtroom information, the informant gave police the incorrect handle. The 23-year-old suspect police had been on the lookout for truly lived within the unit subsequent door to Younger on the time of the raid and had no connection to her.

CBS 2 additionally discovered police may have simply tracked the suspect’s location and the place he actually lived as a result of on the time of the raid, he was sporting an digital monitoring gadget.

“That piece of paper [search warrant] offers them the fitting to, you understand, that claims you are able to do X, Y, Z based mostly on what’s on that paper,” Younger stated. “So if you happen to get it incorrect, you take 100 p.c management of another person’s life and treating them in a foul approach.”

The physique digital camera video additionally raises questions concerning the approval of the warrant. In a single clip, officers in a squad automobile reviewed their notes and could be heard speaking. CPD wouldn’t remark when CBS 2 requested what the dialog meant.

“It wasn’t initially authorized or some crap,” one officer stated.

“What does that imply?” the second officer requested.

“I don’t know,” the primary officer stated. “I imply, they instructed him it was authorized, then I suppose that individual tousled on their finish.”

Citing an ongoing investigation by the Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability (COPA), CPD additionally wouldn’t remark when CBS 2 requested concerning the raid or why officers acted solely on an informant’s tip.

However the video exhibits Younger made a number of makes an attempt to ask CPD a few of those self same questions.

“Who’re you on the lookout for?” Younger requested.

“I’ve been residing right here for 4 years and no person lives right here however me,” she yelled.

“I’m telling you that is incorrect,” Younger continued. “I’ve nothing to do with whoever this individual is you might be on the lookout for.”

This isn’t the primary time police didn’t do primary checks that might have contradicted dangerous info given by an informant. Last year, CBS 2 interviewed the Blassingame family who had been wrongly raided by police in 2015. Jalonda Blassingame’s younger sons stated officers pointed weapons at them, leaving them traumatized, like dozens of other children CBS 2 interviewed as a part of its two-year investigative collection.

“I felt scared for my life,” stated her son Jaden, who was 10 on the time of the raid.

CBS 2 shortly discovered the suspect police had been on the lookout for had no connection to the Blassingames and had been in jail on the time of the raid for years.

That trauma skilled by harmless youngsters and households because of incorrect CPD raids was the topic of CBS 2’s half-hour documentary, “[un]warranted.” It additionally examines how Black and Latino households are disproportionately affected.

“They’re including trauma to individuals’s lives that can be with them the remainder of their lives,” Younger stated. “Kids should develop up with that for the remainder of their lives. The system is damaged.”

Most of the households interviewed, together with Younger, filed lawsuits in opposition to police. Keenan Saulter, Younger’s legal professional, stated he believes incorrect raids are violating households’ constitutional rights.

“If this had been a younger lady in Lincoln Park by herself in her dwelling bare, a younger white lady — let’s simply be frank – if the response would have been the identical? I don’t assume it could have been,” Saulter stated. “I feel [officers] would have noticed that lady, rightfully so, as somebody who was susceptible, somebody who deserved safety, somebody who deserved to have their dignity maintained. They considered Ms. Younger as lower than human.”

Younger stated the way in which officers handled and spoke to her throughout the raid amplified the trauma she skilled. The video exhibits she was visibly upset and afraid as she requested police questions, however didn’t instantly obtain any solutions about why officers had been there.

“OK, OK, you don’t should shout,” the sergeant stated.

“I don’t should shout?” Younger yelled. “That is f****** ridiculous. You’ve acquired me in handcuffs. I’m bare, and also you kicked my home in. I maintain telling you, you’ve acquired the incorrect place.”

Younger cried throughout her interview when she remembered how police handled her.

“Once I requested them to point out me, once I requested them to inform me what they’re doing in my home, and their response to me was simply, shut up and relax, that’s so disrespectful,” she stated.

About 13 minutes into the raid, a feminine officer who later arrived walked Younger to her room so she may dress, however put {the handcuffs} again on afterward. Police continued to query Younger whereas she was clothed.

“Ma’am, there’s no firearms on this place?” the sergeant requested.

“There’s no gun on this place…no, no, no,” Younger answered. “I’m a social employee…I’ve been a social employee for 20 years. I observe the regulation. I don’t get in hassle for something. I don’t do unlawful stuff. I’m not that individual. You’ve acquired the incorrect info.”

The sergeant then instructed the affiant officer – the cop who acquired the warrant – to step exterior.

“I need to have a dialog with you, let’s go speak exterior,” the sergeant stated.

However moments later, the officer’s physique digital camera turned off. CPD didn’t reply to questions on why the digital camera was turned off – a sample CBS 2 found both during wrong raids and in CPD’s every day interactions with civilians.

After almost 20 minutes, police lastly eliminated {the handcuffs}. Towards the top of the raid, the sergeant apologized to Younger, the video exhibits.

“I do apologize for bothering you tonight,” the sergeant stated. “I guarantee you that town will keep up a correspondence with you tomorrow.”

“Is there something I can do proper now?” the sergeant additionally requested.

“Simply depart and let me transfer on, that is so loopy,” Younger stated, nonetheless in tears.

“Once more, I do apologize for assembly you this fashion,” the sergeant stated. “I’ll do the whole lot I can do to get the door fastened.”

Officers then tried to repair her door with a hammer. When that didn’t work, they tried to wedge an ironing board in between the door.

Younger stated it was “surreal” watching the physique digital camera video of what occurred to her almost two years later.

“It’s virtually like a foul film,” she stated. “I really feel like I’m watching a film, however these aren’t any actors, I’m no actor, however that is my life and it occurred to me.”

In response to town’s emergency movement and efforts to cease CBS 2 from airing the physique digital camera video, CBS 2’s attorneys filed a response in federal courtroom Monday evening. They stated town’s motion is unconstitutional and an try and suppress CBS 2’s reporting. Whereas the report was being broadcast, a choose denied town’s movement.

Although the incident occurred in February of 2019, COPA didn’t open the investigation or contact Younger till 9 months later when CBS 2 first broke the story online.

On Nov. 25, 2020 – greater than a yr since COPA started investigating – COPA stated it “continues to be within the technique of serving allegations and conducting all needed officer interviews.”

Whereas Younger continues to stay with trauma – that feeling of security at dwelling, she stated, is misplaced – she leans on her church for therapeutic and help. She believes she has a duty to make use of her voice to assist defend others.

And if police don’t be certain that they’ve the proper handle earlier than conducting search warrants, she stated, their actions will proceed to traumatize harmless households.

“The work is warranted – they should do the work,” Younger stated. “However they should do it proper. They’ll’t simply callously do it and depart individuals’s lives in ruins as a result of they acquired it incorrect.”

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