A Chicago City Council committee voted on Thursday to reject a law introduced in response to a failed police raid in 2019 on a black woman, which sparked widespread outrage.
Anjanette Young Ordinance – named after a social worker who was forced to stand handcuffed and naked in her home while Chicago policemen unjustly searched her home – was brought before a committee of the Public Safety Council. Far North Side Ald. Maria Hadden, 49, and others first introduced her to the authority in February 2021, but she never got a vote as Mayor Lori Lightfoot argued that such reforms should be reflected in police department directives rather than codified in almost.
Voting failed 10-4. However, vice-chairman Harry Osterman said the item would “remain in committee”, allowing a potential vote on another day.
“There is … a real human cost, right, to break down the door, to have heavily armed policemen aimed at you and your children,” Hadden said. “In Ms Young’s experience, she was caught naked right after work, felt completely vulnerable and did not understand what was happening. And we have to find ways to prevent this kind of unintended damage whenever possible. “
The raid on Young’s house was photographed on officers’ body cameras and quickly went viral after the video was released to the public, sparking one of Lightfoot’s biggest police liability scandals in her first term in office. The material was submitted for the first time by WBBM-TV Ch. 2 in his series of stories about defective search warrants – after the mayor’s administration took an emergency step to obtain a court order to stop the station from broadcasting video of the raid.
Sam Young addressed the councilors on Thursday with an emotional testimony, telling them that her life “will never be the same because of this experience” and that it is still “a daily struggle to function in a normal capacity or lifestyle.”
“Today we have the opportunity to take a different path, one that leads our city to true responsibility for the way officers engage and interact with the community,” she said. “Be brave, be brave and do what is right and push this ordinance forward.”
After the vote, Young told reporters she was disappointed with the result, but “I don’t feel defeated today.”
“Shame to the City Council for not getting ahead with it today … and shame to the city for not endorsing it because we will get this ordinance, whether at the state level or otherwise,” said Young.
She noted that the elections to the council and the mayor are approaching in February. “I know the current administration will change next year,” she said, potentially opening a reconsideration in the coming months. “You will hear more from me because I will support the candidate who will be with me.”
According to a report by former Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, after the film’s final release, it was concluded that Lightfoot had made “a disturbing series of unsubstantiated statements” about the unlawful raid. The mayor commissioned the law firm Jones Day to conduct its own investigation which found that city officials had failed to follow procedures and communications, but there was no “evidence” of “deliberate concealment” by the city.
The latest proposed version of the Anjanette Young Regulation will add a provision that requires an officer seeking an order to carry out on-site surveillance of at least one week. Maintains the prohibition on issuing warrants without knocking, except in “demanding circumstances” such as someone who is at imminent physical harm.
No knocking orders allow officers to forcibly enter homes without reporting, particularly during the police shootout of Breonnana Taylor, a black woman killed in Louisville in 2020 as a result of a mis-investigation into dr*gs.
Also under Hadden legislation, Chicago Police will be required to publish data on any housing order issued and report any failed raids to the Police Civil Liability Office. Whistleblowers could not be the only source of information in the event of an order, and if children are present, at least one social worker or mental health professional must be present.
But Lightfoot opposed efforts by Hadden and other councilors to crack down on police raids with the ordinance, suggesting last year that the rules “do not appear to have been written by someone with a lot of experience” in police best practice. She added that a consent decree binding the police required “dexterity”, which would be violated by the city ordinance.
“If we made it static, as in the City Council Act, it would be unprecedented, number one, but I think it would prevent the department from being able to respond quickly to changing circumstances that might justify quicker action,” said Lightfoot. defending its administration’s separate political reforms as “responding” to Young’s concerns about this failed raid.
At the meeting on Thursday, Hadden said Lightfoot had rejected many attempts to come up with a compromise, despite having asked for Thursday’s vote to be suspended in order to find such a compromise. Hadden went on to say that administration officials called on councilors to say that the Decree of Consent prevented further changes to the writ’s policies.
“If they tell you you can’t do it, they’re lying to you, okay? That’s not true, ”Hadden said, urging council members to exercise their power to guide CPD policies and not“ pass responsibility ”to a federal court overseeing the consent decree.
Elena Gottreich, the city’s deputy mayor for public security, warned councilors on Thursday that the enactment of the regulation would duplicate the CPD’s current efforts to gather public opinion on the search warrant policy. Public commentaries are open until December 31, and CPD officials said once the policy is drawn up, it will be reopened to the public next spring.
Police department officials admitted, after a hearing by Osterman, that it was the council’s responsibility to recommend changes to the search warrant, and if the monitor had concerns about the changes, they could be referred directly to the council.
Osterman, Ald voted so. Raymond Lopez, 15; Ald. Derrick Curtis, 18; and Ald. Matt Martin, 47.
Councilors Nicole Lee did not vote, 11; Monique Scott, 24; Ariel Reboyras, 30; Samantha Nugent, 39; Antoni Napolitano, 41; Timmy Knudsen, 43rd; Tom Tunney, 44; Jim Gardiner, 45; and Deb Silverstein, 50th place.
The Chicago Police Department announced changes to its warrant policy that took effect in May 2021, and Hadden admitted that these reforms largely coincide with its ordinance and, in the same cases, go even further. This requires a member of the department who is a lieutenant or above to be on site when the warrant is executed, and that each member of the servicing team must wear body cameras.
A female department member also needs to be present when serving the order as per policy, and an order issued at a property or place where residents may be present must be reviewed by several supervisors, including the deputy boss. Moreover, the more unusual “John Doe” and non-knock warrants must be authorized by the bureau chiefs. John Doe’s warrants are based on anonymous but verified guidance.
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