Chicago’s Finance Council committee on Monday unanimously recommended paying $2.9 million to Anjanette Young, a Black woman who was handcuffed while naked by police officers who executed a search warrant in the wrong home over two years ago.
The Finance Committee’s approval to recommend the settlement for Young will be considered by the full City Council on Wednesday, which almost always follows the finance committee’s recommendations.
Kristen Cabanban, a spokeswoman for the city’s legal department, told The Associated Press that Young’s attorney agreed to the settlement. The attorney, Keenan Saulter, didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
In February 2019, officers broke into the home of Young, a social worker who had just returned home from work. She was naked, alone, and hadn’t committed any crime: police had mistakenly identified the wrong apartment in executing a search warrant.
Footage from police body cameras, released in December 2020 by CBS Chicago, shows officers smashing Young’s door with a battering ram and barging into her home with guns drawn. They handcuffed her while she was naked, and attempted to cover her in blankets that continued to slide off while she repeatedly screamed, sobbed, and told officers they were at the wrong home.
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Chicago’s city lawyers attempted to stop CBS Chicago from airing the video of the raid by filing an emergency motion in federal court just hours before the broadcast, but a judge rejected the motion.
Police let Young put clothes on after 10 minutes had passed, and held her in handcuffs for 10 more minutes before accepting she had no connection to the target of the search warrant, aCivilian Office of Police Accountability report from November said. The officers were in her home for over an hour in total.
The settlement offer comes about a month after the report was published, which recommended several Chicago police officers face suspension or termination for their role in the botched raid.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot came under heavy criticism after the raid, and more followed when her claims that she had no knowledge of the raid were proven false when emails revealed that her staff had told her.
Young filed a lawsuit in February naming the city and 12 police officers as defendants, which argued that police officials failed to independently investigate and verify the place to be searched. Young also filed a federal lawsuit against the city in connection with the raid, which was dismissed last year.
According to a 2016 Associated Press analysis, Chicago has paid out about $662 million in police misconduct cases since 2004.
Contributing: The Associated Press