It took just a few quick thwacks for police to break down the door to Anjanette Young’s Chicago townhouse where the 50-year-old hospital social worker was undressing and preparing for bed. Nearly a dozen armed officers swarmed Young in February 2019 and announced a search warrant as she stood naked, terrified and trying to cover herself with a jacket, reports the Washington Post. “How can this be legal?” she asked. “You got the wrong house!” Footage first obtained by CBS Chicago shows how Young was handcuffed and unclothed for more than 30 minutes as she pleaded with officers that they had raided the wrong home. More than an hour later, officers realized she was right.
Nearly two years after the botched raid, emergence of video has Young hopeful she may finally see some accountability for what happened. The footage’s long path into public view has Chicago media and city officials in a familiar position of raising questions of how much has changed five years after the scandal of the Laquan McDonald video coverup rocked the city. Chicago asked a federal court to stop CBS Chicago from broadcasting the apparently leaked footage. A judge denied the motion, saying the TV station was not a party to a confidentiality agreement. CBS Chicago learned of Young’s case as part of “[Un]Warranted],” an investigative project into the Chicago police pattern of raiding the homes of innocent families. The series has stretched past two years and already led to some changes in state law this year around how police conduct warrants when children are present. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was only just learning of the incident, which predated her tenure as mayor by several months. Police search warrant policies were updated in January to have tougher standards and more oversight, she said.