In an absolutely horrific incident, Chicago police failed to properly read a search warrant that detailed the address of the suspect as belonging to that of the second floor apartment. Instead, officers burst into the first floor apartment, where there were multiple children ranging in age from 11-months-old to 13-years-old. The officers screamed and swore at the innocent children like they were criminals. One officer even instructed that the 11-month-old's hands be placed where the officer could see them.
As this was happening, one officer was yelling at the children, indicating that these events happen when your grandmother sells drugs. These events are so horrific; it seems unfathomable that such an error could occur. Unfortunately, police do make these egregious errors. In some instances there can be financial recourse when a victim is made to suffer or injured from such happenings at the hands of police.
However, this case gets worse. Police then stormed up the second floor unit and terrorized another child, placing him in handcuffs while he cried. It turns out police already had the suspect in a squad car, so the harassment of these children was entirely unnecessary.
Similar events like this where police act out of line have happened in the Bronx as well. In such instances, speaking with an experienced legal attorney can assist an individual in understanding if they have a case against authorities. No one is above the law, not even police officers. The family in the first floor unit has filed a lawsuit seeking punitive damages for the emotional distress, assault and other claims of police misconduct.
Source: Couthouse News Service, "'Your grandma sells crack'," Jack Bouboushian, March 5, 2013
- Our firm has experience handling similar cases in the Bronx. For more information, please refer to our page on police misconduct.