CPD warrant ordinance named after Anjanette Young introduced

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and CPD Superintendent David Brown gave a search warrant policy update Wednesday morning.

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ANJANETTE YOUNG: You got the wrong house.

MICHELLE GALLARDO: One woman's nightmare may soon change the way search warrants are executed in the city of Chicago.

ANJANETTE YOUNG: They had information that they thought was valid. And OK, I get that. But once they get on the other side of the door, it matters how they treat what they find.

MICHELLE GALLARDO: An ordinance named after a social worker Anjanette Young was introduced into city council today.

ANJANETTE YOUNG: So when they found me with no clothes on, it meant this ordinance would at least hold them accountable for how they treat me in that moment.

MICHELLE GALLARDO: It's been two years since Chicago police mistakenly raided Young's apartment, officers leaving her standing naked and crying for over 40 minutes. The mistake, it appears, is not unusual. The University of Chicago's Craig Futterman helped author the ordinance after reviewing three years of Chicago data.

CRAIG FUTTERMAN: So many of the raids involve targeting innocent folks, going to the wrong homes because officers didn't do the basic corroboration.

MICHELLE GALLARDO: Introduced by five of city council's, female Aldermen, the proposed ordinance makes the superintendent directly responsible for signing off on every search warrant. That warrant must include a detailed plan, which protects children and others inside the house. Residents must have at least 30 seconds to come to the door.

Warrants should be executed between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Body cameras must be worn by all officers present. And if nothing is recovered, the warrant is automatically referred to COPA for investigation.

MARIA HADDEN: We expect planning. We expect thoughtfulness. And we expect that thoughtfulness to be upheld as part of the policy, practice, and culture of the Chicago Police Department going forward.

MICHELLE GALLARDO: The proposed ordinance goes farther than an executive order already signed by Mayor Lightfoot, who today said neither she nor the police department have had a chance to review it as of yet.