Chicago’s top lawyer resigns amid scrutiny over bungled police raid on Black social worker’s home

Chicago, once a great American city, is now facing a growing number of problems under Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and some — like this one — are outright embarrassing.

According to The Hill, Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner has announced his resignation as Chicago’s top lawyer amid scrutiny over his handling of a case involving a severely botched police raid on a social worker’s home. 

According to The Guardian, Flessner said he only became involved in the case last week, but wouldn’t specify whether he was asked to resign or made the decision himself.

A bungled raid

The case stems from an incident that occurred in February 2019, when Chicago police wrongfully raided the home of Anjanette Young, a Black social worker who had just gotten home from work and was changing clothes when police entered her residence, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Naked and humiliated, Young was handcuffed, despite repeatedly — and correctly — insisting that police were in the wrong home.

Nearly two years later, the case is gaining attention again amid a fight between the city of Chicago and a local news station over the airing of police body camera footage from the incident. According to The Hill, a judge ultimately dismissed the city’s motion to suppress the footage, which clearly showed the police officers bursting into Young’s home while she begged them to listen to her.

Not only did officers not listen to Young’s multiple attempts to get to the bottom of the misunderstanding, but they also didn’t let her put her clothes on throughout the incident. The footage shows that they gave her a blanket to put over her shoulders, but the blanket later fell off.

The suspect that police were searching for actually lived next door to Young, according to reports.

“The whole tape thing”

Young’s attorney, Keenan Saulter, has since accused the city of Chicago of having a history of attempting to cover up video footage. “This city has a history of attempting to cover up unfavorable video. That’s all we’re dealing with here,” he said, according to The Hill.

Flessner, for his part, has insisted that the incident involving Young was one the city should “learn from,” adding that Chicago should work harder to fight racial injustice. As for why he resigned, Flessner indicated that it was the “tape thing.”

“I’m resigning because of the firestorm around the whole tape thing,” Flessner said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “I’m being accused of trying to hide it, which is not true,” he added.

Between the record number of shootings that take place in the Windy City every weekend, widespread corruption, draconian COVID-19 lockdowns, and botched police raids, Lightfoot’s legacy is certainly not shaping up to be a respectable one.

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