Chicago’s top attorney has resigned after the scandal involving a botched police raid that mistakenly invaded a woman’s apartment, handcuffing and detaining her while she was stood completely undressed.
“Today I offered my letter of resignation to Mayor Lori Lightfoot,” wrote corporation counsel Mark Flessner in a statement released to CBS Chicago.
“There has recently been a great deal of attention drawn to the 2019 raid of Anjanette Young’s home. Monday was the first involvement that I had with the case surrounding Anjanette Young, pertaining to the video footage that was obtained by police. It is clear that the raid of Anjanette Young’s home was a tragedy that we must learn from.”
Young was shown in bodycam footage of the 2019 invasion of her home by officers who, after being given erroneous information by an informant, burst into her apartment looking for a felon they thought had a weapon. In the video, Young, who stands handcuffed and naked, can be seen constantly pleaded with the officers, trying to convince them they had the wrong address. After several minutes, they determined that they had made a mistake and eventually throw a blanket over her body while they determine what went wrong.
Lightfoot, who was the focus of wide criticism last week, first said that she said that she was unaware of the raid and that it took place prior to her taking office. However, it’s documented that her administration’s law department made efforts to block an investigative reporting team at CBS Chicago from obtaining the video despite Young’s desire to have it go public. Young filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get the video, but the Chicago Police Department denied it and also denied a similar request from CBS Chicago.
The mayor later apologized publicly for what happened to Young and vowed that an investigation into the incident would move forward.
“It makes me angry that I didn’t know about it. It makes me angry that decisive action wasn’t taken,” Lightfoot told CBS Chicago in an interview. “People saw this video. They watched it,” she said, referring to member of her administration.
Flessner said Sunday (Dec. 20) that he had been accused of trying to hide the bodycam video, which he denies. “I’m resigning because of the firestorm around the whole tape thing,” Flessner told the Chicago Tribune. He did not say, however, if he was asked to resign. “I’m being accused of trying to hide it, which is not true.”