CHICAGO (CBS) CBS 2 Chicago won the prestigious National Emmy Award for reporting on Anjanette Young who was the victim of an inappropriate raid by Chicago Police.
CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini’s tale – “My name is Anjanette Young” – won in the “Outstanding Regional News Article – Investigative Report” category.
In addition to Savini, the National Television Academy has featured Vice President and News Director Jeff Harris, investigative producers Samah Assad, Michele Youngerman, photojournalists Lana Hinshaw-Klann, Lou Kleinberg, Michael Klingele, Reed Nolan, Alfredo Roman, Tim Viste and former Content director Tiffani Lupenska for working on a story.
CBS 2 first told the story of an inappropriate police raid in which Young was handcuffed naked in her apartment in 2019.
Since then, Young’s story and the body cam video that CBS 2 acquired and aired just over a year later made headlines across the country and
The video broadcast from the body camera also highlighted a police pattern that raids the homes of innocent people, mostly in Chicago’s colored communities, as reported by CBS 2 Investigators for years.
CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini described our first story about Anjanette Young on November 12, 2019. The raid took place on February 21, 2019. It was Thursday night, and Young had just undressed in her bedroom.
Her door burst open and the policemen rushed inside, guns in hand. They were there to execute the search warrant, but they had the wrong home.
CBS 2 aired body camera video from the raid December 17, 2020
Young filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) application for a video to show the public what happened to her that day.
CBS 2 also submitted a video request.
The Chicago Police Department rejected the request, but Young obtained the footage after a court forced the CPD to hand over it as part of her lawsuit against the police.
Hours before the TV version of CBS 2’s body-camera coverage was broadcast, city lawyers tried to stop CBS 2 from airing the footage by filing a petition in federal court. This offer failed, and CBS 2 aired the story anyway. The city later stated the decision was a mistake, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot publicly apologized to Young.
The airing of the film and the reaction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot sparked months of criticism and blows to the city and the police department, and a reform of the search warrant was announced a few months later.
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