Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner fell on his sword in connection with a raid by Chicago police on the home of an unsuspecting social worker, who later saw her attempts at redress denied by the city. In a letter to staff announcing his resignation, the city’s top attorney called the raid on Anjanette Young’s home “a tragedy we must learn from.” The city only recently released bodycam footage from the 20 officers who descended on her townhome in 2019 that shows Young naked and pleading that police had the wrong address. The city denied Young’s Freedom of Information request to release the footage and only handed over a portion of the footage when she successfully sued for its release. It also attempted to block her airing the footage on local television.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose administration is bearing the brunt of CPD tactics that critics allege are racially biased, issued a public apology. She has vowed to hold accountable those responsible for any unlawful behavior pending the results of an ongoing investigation. Complicating matters are comments made by the head of the city’s police union. John Cantazara wrote the Muslims “all deserve a bullet” on a social media account in his name. He heads Local 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, the local that represents city cops in contract negotiations with the city.
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