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Chicago Officials Attempted to Block Release of Anjanette Young Video; Mayor Lightfoot Denies Prior Knowledge of Erroneous Home Raid

As harrowing video of Chicago Police conducting an erroneous home raid circulated around the country yesterday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot evaded questions about why her administration had attempted to prevent the bodycam footage from being released.

At the center of the video is Anjanette Young, a 50-year-old clinical social worker who had just gotten off work and was undressing when Chicago police officers barged into her home in February 2019, searching for a felon they believed possessed firearms.

oung, who lived alone in her apartment, was immediately handcuffed as she stood in her living room, distraught and naked, watching police turn over her home without answering why they were there. Despite pleading with officers for answers—and for a chance to get dressed—cops didn’t allow Young to put on clothes for 13 minutes into the raid.

Young had been seeking bodycam footage of the traumatic detainment for nearly two years, filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that was denied by CPD. As CBS 2 reports, a judge eventually forced the department to turn over video of the arrest as part of her lawsuit against the agency.

But according to HuffPost and CBS 2, Lightfoot’s lawyers filed an emergency motion in federal court to prevent the local Chicago news station from airing bodycam footage of the raid. The lawyers also accused Young of sharing the video with CBS 2. Because she violated a confidentiality order, city lawyers argued that Young ought to be punished.

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