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Chicago mayor apologizes amid backlash after city tried to block release of video of police raid on innocent woman


The victim was handcuffed in the nude for several minutes before officers realized they were in the wrong home

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has apologized and promised "full accountability" after the city attempted to block the airing of police body camera video earlier this week showing officers raiding the wrong home and holding an innocent woman handcuffed in the nude before realizing their mistake.

What are the details?

In Feb. 2019, Chicago police broke down the door of Anjanette Young as she was undressing after work, rushing in with guns drawn and handcuffing the longtime social worker as she stood naked in her living room. But officers were in the wrong home, and had relied on incorrect information given to them by an informant.

Following the incident, Ms. Young filed a FOIA request to obtain the footage captured from the officers' body cameras, but the Chicago Police Department denied the request.

But a judge recently ordered the release of the videos to Ms. Young, who shared it with local television station WBBM-TV. The outlet aired some of the footage earlier this week, but attorneys for the city tried to block the station from showing the video from nearly two years prior.

Release of the videos sparked outrage and Lightfoot has come under fire for her administration's handling of the ongoing case.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx blasted the city's actions, tweeting, "The audacity that the city calculated its embarrassment over the release of the video, is a clear violation of Ms. Young's body and autonomy. This was a complete and utter dismissal of her humanity. Her humanity was, literally, stripped from her."

At first, the mayor sought to distance herself because the raid occurred prior to her taking office and claimed the first she heard of the case was this week, but Lightfoot apologized Thursday for the ordeal.

"I am deeply sorry and troubled that her home was invaded and that she had to face the humiliation and trauma that she suffered," Lightfoot said of Young, according to The Daily Mail. "That is just not right. It simply should not have happened. And I will make sure that there is full accountability for what took place."

CBS News reported that according to Young, Lightfoot's public apology was the only communication she has heard from the mayor.

"The fact that she has spent no effort that I know of to reach out to me or my team… that's more of a betrayal," Young said of Lightfoot.

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