Chicago police warrant policy changes announced

Changes are in the works for the Chicago Police Department after a botched raid on a woman's home where she was handcuffed naked.

Video Transcript

CRAIG WALL: The new policies will involve a lot more oversight and accountability, with the goal of preventing bad raids that have given the police department a black eye and forced the mayor to fight to regain public trust.

The mistaken raid on the home of Anjanette Young two years ago put the spotlight on how Chicago police execute search warrants, what they do to make sure they don't storm the wrong home, and how they treat people once inside.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: That moment served as an abrupt but appropriate wake-up call to our entire city.

CRAIG WALL: Now, the police department is prepared to Institute changes before, during, and after every raid. The new policy will require all search warrants be approved by a deputy chief or above. There must be an independent investigation beforehand to verify information. And during the raids, a lieutenant and a female officer must be present. Also, all officers must wear and activate their body-worn cameras.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: Each of these reforms was crafted for the sole purpose of ensuring that the rights and the basic human dignity of all Chicagoans, no matter what the circumstances, are respected and protected.

CRAIG WALL: Young was left handcuffed naked for 40 minutes, even after police realized they were in the wrong home. Also under the new policy, police will limit no-knock searches to SWAT teams, and even those will be rare. But the superintendent said at times, they may still be needed.

DAVID BROWN: We're sworn to protect life. So if the circumstances present themselves that we have to make a quick entry to save someone's life-- say someone's being murdered and we hear the cries and screams-- we can't wait outside that door and wait for that offender to kill someone.

CRAIG WALL: The raid on Young's home happened before Lightfoot became mayor, but her administration fought the release of the video.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: The fact of the matter is, is that trust was, no question, shaken. And I've been working diligently personally, as has my team, as has the police department, to make sure that we're being responsive.

CRAIG WALL: The city will be taking public comment for 15 days before finalizing the changes, which the mayor hopes will take effect before the end of the month. Anjanette Young's attorney calling the proposals "a step in the right direction," but he says they do not go far enough to protect people. Judy?