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Chicago council members seek deal with woman in wrong raid

Chicago council members seek deal with woman in wrong raid

CHICAGO (AP) — Some members of the Chicago City Council called Friday for a special meeting to order officials to settle any legal action with a woman who wasn't allowed to put on clothes before being handcuffed during a botched raid at her home.

It was the latest development in the case of Anjanette Young, a social worker who is seen on police video repeatedly pleading with officers in 2019 that they were in the wrong place.

The video was released Thursday by Chicago officials after they tried this week to block WBBM-TV from airing it. The TV station had obtained it separately.

Aldermen Raymond Lopez, Stephanie Coleman and Jeanette Taylor sought to have a council meeting next Tuesday to consider ordering city attorneys to “negotiate, draft and do all things necessary” to settle any legal action by Young.

Young's lawsuit was withdrawn in federal court in March as part of a procedural step to refile it in Cook County court.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week apologized for what happened to Young during a raid that preceded her election. But Lightfoot also acknowledged that she became aware of the raid by fall 2019.

The video shows officers using a battering ram to break the door. An officer threw a blanket over Young's shoulders. But because she was handcuffed, the blanket slipped off her shoulders, leaving her exposed again.

Meanwhile Friday, Chicago dropped a request that Young's attorney be sanctioned by a federal judge for any role in how the TV station got the video. The city said it was part of an earlier confidentiality order.

“I again want to reiterate and affirm my commitment to righting the wrongs in this case and moving forward with full transparency and accountability,” Lightfoot said.