Chicago’s mayor on Thursday admitted her staff told her about a botched 2019 police raid — in which a naked woman was wrongly arrested in her own home — much sooner than she previously claimed.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot had said Wednesday that she only learned of the February 2019 raid on Anjanette Young’s home this week — when police body camera footage of the harrowing incident was aired by CBS Chicago.
However, on Thursday, Lightfoot acknowledged that her staff told her about Young’s case back in November 2019, when the outlet first began reporting on it.
“It was flagged for me,” Lightfoot said, according to CBS Chicago.
The mayor said her team knew she was concerned with reforming issues around search warrants, “so this was lifted up to me as yet another example.”
But, she said she had “no recollection” of being told about the case — and maintained that she only saw the damning footage of the raid this week.
The video showed how the team of all-male cops — using a warrant with the wrong information — broke through Young’s door and then arrested her while she stood naked in her living room.
Young, 50, a licensed social worker, can be heard telling the cops 43 times that they are at the wrong home.
The footage only emerged after a yearlong court battle. Both CBS Chicago and Young had filed Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the footage, but the Chicago Police Department denied both.
A court eventually forced cops to turn over the video to Young as part of her lawsuit against the department.
Lightfoot apologized to Young on Wednesday after the footage aired.
“Knowing that my words will not change what happened to you and your family almost two years ago, I nonetheless say I am sorry,” she said.
“I will make sure there is full accountability for what took place.”
On Thursday, Lightfoot also said she had ordered a review of Young’s FOIA request to find out why it was denied.
She said she would also be ordering changes to city policies so that victims like Young don’t have to file such requests for video of themselves.
“Anytime a person who is a victim requests information about an incident that happened to them, our government’s obligation is to respond in a fulsome, transparent, and immediate way,” Lightfoot said.
“We’ve got to be more responsive and do a better job, and we’re going to do that.”
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