Report says Chicago city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid
(CNN) A new report from the Chicago Inspector General found the city government failed to respond appropriately to the victim of a wrongful police raid, was not transparent in its operations, and "prioritized communications and public relations concerns over the higher mission of City government."
One officer handcuffed and covered her, though her front was still exposed, while another eventually brought her a blanket.
"This statement, one of the Mayor's first public comments on the Young raid, was untrue —the Mayor had been alerted and had discussed the raid over 13 months before the press release in November 2019," the report read.
They maintained, however, staff did not give her a detailed briefing at the time about the circumstances involving Young.
Additionally, "numerous" city employees failed to promptly report the incident to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), even after learning the details of the botched raid, the Inspector General found.
The department then produced 14 videos but "failed to sufficiently follow up to acquire all BWC footage of the raid."
The Inspector General report said its findings involved "nearly three dozen interviews, thousands of emails, numerous records from FOIA requests, court filings and transcripts, and public reporting and commentary."
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Office did not provide a comment to CNN on the findings, however, a response was included in the report.
The findings of the investigation came a day after the Chicago City Council unanimously approved a $2.9 million settlement for Young in December 2021.
The mayor also said she sat for an extensive interview and gave investigators "full access" to her office and relevant city departments.
The OIG's report, however, said the Jones Day investigation impeded the Inspector General's efforts.
According to the Office of the Inspector General, the handling of the botched raid was "a failure of City government that, taken as a whole, adds up to more than a sequence of individual actions by City employees."