Anjanette Young Institution Relaunches Calls for Police Reform | Black Voices | Chicago News

The city of Chicago is spending more money to settle a lawsuit related to police misconduct. City council voted unanimously on Wednesday to pay $ 2.9 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by Anjanette Young. Officers left Young handcuffed and naked as they raided her home in February 2019, only to find out later that they didn’t have the right home in the first place.

“I think you can’t put a price on a person’s dignity, but I’m happy that this is finally resolved and I hope reforms will follow,” said Anthony Driver, chairman of the political committee of the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression.

The case and video of the raid sparked outrage across the country and once again raised concerns and questions about how police are handling incidents in black communities. Activists are pushing for city council to pass the “Anjanette Young Ordinance,†which has also received support from several aldermen. The ordinance calls for the adoption of several policies and procedures, including prohibiting no strike warrants, requiring officers to wait at least 30 seconds during strikes and to report raids to give residents a chance to open their doors, and a requirement that CPD officers carrying out the home raids act in a manner that is “least intrusive and least harmful” to Chicago families.

“I fully support the Anjanette Young order. I think this is the bare minimum. I don’t think they’re asking too much, pointing out to someone is the bare minimum an agent can do before breaking into someone’s house, â€Driver said.

An investigation by the Police Civil Accountability Office found that nearly a dozen officers had committed nearly 100 acts of misconduct during the search of Young’s home. Superintendent David Brown asked the Chicago Police Board to fire the sergeant who led the raid. COPA also recommended the suspension of several other agents.

“Here is a supervisor on this scene who should have stepped in and done what he was supposed to do and it didn’t happen,†said Richard Wooten, a retired Chicago police officer and founder of the Community Council of Gathering Point.

The Chicago Police Department has made some revisions to its policy for executing search warrants after the search of Ms. Young’s home, including adding a requirement that office heads approve them and assigning a senior official on them. places, but activists say it must be the responsibility.

“I think they have to be held accountable. I think the officers involved should be fired. I think there needs to be more levels of accountability, “said Driver,” One of the things that struck me was not necessarily their actions as police officers, but their actions as police officers. what human beings, what about the Chicago A police department that makes an ordinary human being feel like it’s okay to barge into someone’s house out of the blue and never offer them a clothes for about nine minutes to tear everything in the house.

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