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Report says Chicago city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid - Erie News Now

Report says Chicago city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid - Erie News Now
By Omar Jimenez and Emma Tucker, CNN

By Omar Jimenez and Emma Tucker, CNN A new report from the Chicago Inspector General found the city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid, was not transparent in its operations, and "prioritized communications and public relations concerns over the higher mission of City government.Additionally, "numerous" city employees failed to promptly report the incident to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), even after learning the details of the botched raid, the Inspector General found."[The Office of the Inspector General]'s investigation determined that COPA did not receive notice until the Mayors' Office assistant press secretary reached out to COPA's public information officer and inquired about Young as part of the City's response to Young and CBS2's [WBBM] FOIA [Freedom of Information] requests for BWC [body-worn camera] footage," the report stated.The Inspector General report said its findings involved "nearly three dozen interviews, thousands of emails, numerous records from FOIA requests, court filings and transcripts, and public reporting and commentary.

According to the Inspector General, the Mayor's Office "noted reforms and efforts initiated since the Young raid, including CPD's implementation of a revised search warrant policy banning the use of no-knock warrants (except in rare and violent situations); an executive order overhauling and streamlining the process for victims of police misconduct to obtain video footage of their interaction.Mayor Lightfoot did not conceal information about the botched raid, independent probe finds Separate from the Inspector General investigation, retired Judge Ann Claire Williams, a former federal prosecutor, and attorneys with the Jones Day law firm were hired by Lightfoot in 2020 to conduct an independent investigation into the city's response to the execution of the search warrant at the home of Young on February 21, 2019.

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