Openly Lesbian Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Admits She Knew for a Year About Botched Raid Where Police Handcuffed an Innocent Naked Black Woman Just Days After Saying She Knew Nothing About It

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot admitted Thursday (above)she knew back in 2019 about the botched no-knock raid where cops handcuffed an innocent naked black social worker and that the female victim did file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the bodycam footage – one day after she denied it

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has admitted she has known for more than a year about a botched police raid where cops handcuffed an innocent black woman while she was naked in her own home – just days after claiming she had only learned of the incident this week.

Lightfoot claimed on Tuesday that she had only learned this week about the February 2019 raid on the home of 50-year-old Anjanette Young, the same day shocking bodycam footage of the incident was made public.

Officers raided Young’s home around 7 p.m. on February 21 2019 after she had just arrived home from her shift at the hospital and was getting undressed in her bedroom.

The cops were acting on a tip-off from an informant and had the wrong address.

Young was forced to stand naked and handcuffed in her apartment as officers swarmed around the property – ignoring her pleas that they had the wrong address.

Young told Good Morning America Friday how she ‘feared for her life’ during the 40-minute ordeal and feels ‘thankful’ to be alive as she compared her experience to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

On Tuesday, Lightfoot claimed the first she knew about the shocking incident was Monday.

‘The first I knew of this incident was yesterday morning – the search warrant, the video, and the actions of the law department. The first thing I knew of any of this was yesterday morning.’

Lightfoot had branded media reports that she was aware of the incident earlier ‘reckless and irresponsible.’

But she was forced to admit on Thursday that she has known about the police blunder for more than 12 months – after emails with her staff showed she had discussed the incident in November 2019.

Lightfoot said at a press conference Thursday that her team had reminded her after her comments Tuesday that several botched police raids including Young’s were brought to her attention back in November 2019.

‘What I now know, having looked at some emails, is my team knew that this was an issue of great concern for me – issues meaning about the search warrants,’ Lightfoot said.

Lightfoot claimed on Tuesday that she had only learned this week about the February 2019 raid on the home of 50-year-old Anjanette Young, the same day the shocking bodycam footage (above) of the incident was made public
Young told Good Morning America Friday how she ‘feared for her life’ and feels ‘thankful’ to be alive as she compared her experience to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor

‘They knew that I had tasked our chief risk officer to look into this and to work on reforming the policy, so this was lifted up to me as yet another example.’

The mayor insisted she did not remember hearing of Young’s case specifically and that she had not seen the footage until this week.

‘Again, I don’t have any specific recollection of it,’ she said.

‘It was in November when I was probably focused on budget issues and getting our budget passed through City Council, but it was flagged for me.’

Lightfoot said she will make public the emails relating to her knowledge of the case.

The mayor also backpedaled on her claim that Young had not filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Chicago Police Department for bodycam footage from the incident.

Lightfoot admitted Thursday that emails with her staff showed she knew about the incident back in November 2019.But she insisted she did not remember hearing of Young’s case specifically and that she had not seen the bodycam footage until this week
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said at Thursday’s press conference (above) that changes were being made in the force so that others don’t face the same treatment as Young as he hit out at the lack of ‘respect’ shown to the social worker

She said Tuesday: ‘It is also not correct that Ms. Young was denied access to the video. The city provided her counsel with the video in March of this year almost nine months ago.’

But on Thursday the mayor admitted Young had filed a FOIA request back in November 2019 – a request that was denied by the force the same month.

‘In fact, Ms. Young did file a FOIA request, so I stand corrected on that. It was filed November 2019. It was denied,’ Lightfoot said.

The footage was finally handed over after Young filed a FOIA lawsuit in December 2019 and a judge ordered its release.

Young filed the FOIA on November 1 2019 and it was denied by the Chicago Police Department on November 19

Lightfoot said she had ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review to find out why Young’s initial FOIA request was denied.

She also vowed an overhaul to city policies so that victims like Young don’t have to file a FOIA request at all to get access to bodycam footage involving them.

‘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.’

Lightfoot has come under fire over the city’s attempts to block the footage after her administration went to federal court this week and filed a motion seeking to stop local station CBS Chicago from showing the footage.

Distressing police bodycamera footage shows the moment Chicago cops broke into the home of social worker Anjanette Young and handcuffed her in the nude on February 21, 2019, only to later realize they raided the wrong house
Young had returned home from her shift at a hospital and was undressed in her bedroom when a group of officers broke down her door with a battering ram and crowbar. They handcuffed her and ordered her to stand in the living room even as she had no clothes on
Officers tried to cover Young up by putting a hoodie on her and a blanket over her shoulders, but because she was handcuffed, they kept slipping off her shoulders leaving her exposed
Young was forced to stand uncomfortably handcuffed and partially naked in front of the group of officers as they peppered her with questions in the botched raid
She told the officers a total of 43 times that they had raided the wrong address
Eventually the officers let Young put on clothes and said ‘We believe your story’

The motion was denied and the outlet released the video.

The mayor said Tuesday she had been ‘blindsided’ by the city lawyers’ efforts to block the release of the footage from the raid.

‘Filing a motion against a media outlet to prevent something from being published is something that should rarely, if ever, happen. This is not how we operate,’ Lightfoot said at the time.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rachel Sharp

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