Chicago PD Allegedly Raided a 4-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Last Month, Pointed Guns At Kids
Police officers raided a south side Chicago home last month while trying to find an individual they were attempting to arrest for possession of ecstasy. What they found inside, however, was a 4-year-old’s birthday party in progress.
That didn’t stop officers from acting rudely and dangerously with children around, the family of the boy alleges.
Officers broke down the door of the home using a battering ram and a sledgehammer, according to reporting from Raw Story. The officers’ presence in the home made quite the impression on the youngsters inside.
“They were saying F words and stuff. It was horrible,” said Samari Boswell, age 7 and the older sibling to the 4-year-old whose birthday it was.
The suspect they were looking for wasn’t in the home — that individual, it turned out, hadn’t lived there for over five years.
Chicago police raid the wrong home again — and end up pointing guns at children during little boy’s birthday party https://t.co/tgLZUdt74I
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 26, 2019
Officers allegedly did more than cuss in the home, per reporting from the local CBS affiliate station. They also hurled insults at individuals attending the party, smashed the cake for the birthday boy, and pointed their guns at people inside — including toward children in attendance, family members said.
Kiqiana Jackson, the aunt of the child whose birthday it was, said she attempted to get a copy of the warrant from officers who raided the home. She said she was greeted with a hostile answer from the police.
“I wanted to know why were they there. Who are you? Show us a search warrant,” she explained. “I guess I asked for a search warrant one too many times, and [an officer] was like, ‘Arrest her.'”
Under Chicago PD guidelines, an individual may request to see a search warrant without such threats, and it should be turned over “promptly” when asked for.
The family is suing the city of Chicago over the incident, which they say violated their civil rights. It’s apparently an unfortunate trend in the city.
The CBS station that reported on the raid said that they requested documents from CPD five months ago, about additional wrongful raids that have occurred, through a Freedom of Information Act request, but have yet to receive any paperwork detailing how often this type of thing happens.
A spokesperson for the department stated that they “look at” the number of incidents that do occur, but wouldn’t comment on how many they knew of when asked.