Chicago Police’s watchdog, Civilian Police Accountability Office, has completed a 16-month investigation into the police raid of Anjanette Young, a social worker who was handcuffed naked by policeto serve a search warrant on someone else.
CBS Chicago first reported on Young’s case as part of an investigation into a pattern of Chicago police raids on bad residences. In Young’s case, the target of the raid actually lived nearby, the station reported, and carried an electronic surveillance device that the police should have been able to track.
The Civil Police Accountability Office, commonly known as COPA, said its investigation included more than 30 interviews, hundreds of pages of evidence and hours of video material, and revealed “significant gaps” in police policy. Chicago police and training on how to acquire and execute search warrants.
The investigation also produced nearly 100 allegations of misconduct resulting from the actions of more than a dozen officers, a COPA spokesperson said.
A report with full details of the investigation will be released once the city’s police commissioner completes a review and officers have been made aware of the resulting charges.
The investigation documents disturbing details that were seen on police camera video first obtained by CBS Chicago in December. When officers entered Young’s home on February 21, 2019, she was changing her clothes and was immediately handcuffed while naked. An officer attempted to cover her with a jacket, then covered her more completely with a blanket, a COPA spokesperson said, but Young was handcuffed for almost 10 minutes before being allowed to go. ‘dress, then was handcuffed again, COPA found. In total, she was handcuffed for almost 17 minutes.
The video shows Young telling officers over and over again, “You have the wrong house.”
“The raid on Ms. Young’s home was really painful to watch,” said Sydney Roberts, COPA’s chief administrator. “Given the importance of this investigation, COPA assigned this matter to a 10-member team specifically designed to assess the critical Fourth Amendment issues raised in this complaint. While we cannot fully cure the pain Ms. Young felt that day and since then we have hoped that our investigation and recommendations will lead to the healing process. “
During its investigation, COPA sent three letters to the Chicago Police Department, highlighting concerns about its training and search warrant policies. In a statement Thursday, COPA urged Chicago police to give equal attention to those concerns, as well as to the investigation’s findings and recommendations set out in the report.
Young told CBS Chicago on Thursday that she was waiting for someone to be held responsible for the bad raid on her apartment.
“I’m annoyed, you know, that it took so long,” she said. “It hurts.”