CHICAGO (March 10, 2021) – The Black Alderwomen of the Chicago City Council Progressive Caucus and the community coalition working with Ms. Anjanette Young issued the following statement regarding the Anjanette Young Ordinance and are calling for a hearing in the Committee on Public Safety on the matter.
“It’s been 748 days since Anjanette Young’s door was broken down and she was left naked and handcuffed while Chicago police officers erroneously raided her home. We owe it to Ms. Young, every Black woman, and every Chicagoan to have public discourse about our warrant service policy and to enshrine the Anjanette Young Ordinance into city code.
Last week the Mayor and Superintendent announced a special police order that updates CPD warrant and raid policy. Their order contains some of the changes proposed in the Anjanette Young Ordinance, but doesn’t go far enough. We believe that the residents of Chicago deserve meaningful reforms embedded in the code of our city to give a stronger assurance that their human and civil rights will be protected.
Our legislation provides these protections and is stronger than the Mayor’s special order in addressing three key issues:
Enshrining a Mandate for the Least Harmful Practices
The Anjanette Young Ordinance requires CPD to use the least harmful and invasive practices when a warrant is served. By enshrining this rigorous standard into law, the Anjanette Young Ordinance ensures CPD officers will treat Chicagoans with the high degree of respect they deserve. An ordinance also has more sticking power as it cannot be changed by the next executive in charge.
Safety for Our Most Vulnerable Residents
The Anjanette Young Ordinance better protects vulnerable people by banning pointing guns at children, setting limits for raids when children and other vulnerable people may be present, and placing restrictions on restraining and interrogating children.
Transparency & Accountability
The Anjanette Young Ordinance increases transparency and accountability by requiring: public reporting on all home raids; reporting and repair of property damage resulting from the raid; and supervisory review of all home raids. Additionally, it grants victims the right to body camera footage within 48 hours, and requires that police be stripped of their police powers and referred for discipline when they violate the ordinance.
When we introduced the Anjanette Young Ordinance, we did so with the force of community behind us. Our ordinance was written with direct input from people who have been the victims of police raids in this city, not by the department that has been the cause of so much harm. We brought together civil rights organizations who represent thousands of activists, advocates and community members in a collaborative effort to draft an ordinance that keeps us all safer.
We call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Committee on Public Safety Chairman Chris Taliaferro to do the right thing and set a hearing date for the Anjanette Young Ordinance.”
Ald. Maria Hadden, Ald. Sophia King, Ald. Leslie Hairston, Ald. Stephanie Coleman, Ald. Jeanette Taylor, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chicago Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (the “Divine Nine”), the West Side Branch of the NAACP, Network 49, Progressive Baptist Church, United Working Families and Urban Reformers
Link to Anjanette Young Ordinance: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4806793&GUID=EA2B2CA4-B293-4E6E-8C7D-CBC27A7EC754&Options=Advanced&Search=