Chicago’s mayor on Thursday admitted her workers instructed her about a botched 2019 police raid — by which a unadorned lady was wrongly arrested in her own residence — a lot prior to she beforehand claimed.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot had stated Wednesday that she solely discovered of the February 2019 raid on Anjanette Younger’s dwelling this week — when police physique digicam footage of the harrowing incident was aired by CBS Chicago.
Nonetheless, on Thursday, Lightfoot acknowledged that her workers instructed her about Younger’s case again in November 2019, when the outlet first started reporting on it.
“It was flagged for me,” Lightfoot stated, in accordance with CBS Chicago.
The mayor stated her crew knew she was involved with reforming points round search warrants, “so this was lifted as much as me as yet one more instance.”
However, she stated she had “no recollection” of being instructed concerning the case — and maintained that she solely noticed the damning footage of the raid this week.
The video confirmed how the crew of all-male cops — utilizing a warrant with the improper data — broke via Younger’s door after which arrested her whereas she stood bare in her lounge.
Younger, 50, a licensed social employee, may be heard telling the cops 43 instances that they’re on the improper dwelling.
The footage solely emerged after a yearlong courtroom battle. Each CBS Chicago and Younger had filed Freedom of Data Act requests to acquire the footage, however the Chicago Police Division denied each.
A courtroom finally compelled cops to show over the video to Younger as a part of her lawsuit in opposition to the division.
Lightfoot apologized to Younger on Wednesday after the footage aired.
“Realizing that my phrases won’t change what occurred to you and your loved ones nearly two years in the past, I nonetheless say I’m sorry,” she stated.
“I’ll be sure that there may be full accountability for what passed off.”
On Thursday, Lightfoot additionally stated she had ordered a evaluation of Younger’s FOIA request to search out out why it was denied.
She stated she would even be ordering modifications to metropolis insurance policies in order that victims like Younger don’t need to file such requests for video of themselves.
“Anytime an individual who’s a sufferer requests details about an incident that occurred to them, our authorities’s obligation is to reply in a fulsome, clear, and fast manner,” Lightfoot stated.
“We’ve received to be extra responsive and do a greater job, and we’re going to try this.”