, a Black
woman who made headlines after Chicago police
handcuffed her naked
while raiding the wrong house
more than two years ago, said on Wednesday that she feels "betrayed" by Mayor Lori Lightfoot
as the city attempts to dismiss her lawsuit
Young and her attorney, Keenan Saulter, held a news conference
outside City Hall, as the social worker's civil lawsuit moves forward. Young filed her complaint against the city and the officers involved in the raid in February, accusing top officials like Lightfoot of conspiring to cover up the 2019 incident.
Saulter said the city had originally sought mediation in the case, a type of dispute resolution in which a third party assists both parties in negotiating a settlement. However, with an answer to Young's civil complaint due by Thursday, the city's Law Department is now planning to file a motion to dismiss the case.
“I absolutely feel betrayed by the mayor,” Young said on Wednesday. “So mayor, you can threaten to dismiss the case, but I'm very confident, and I'm not an attorney, that we will proceed in court, and if we have to go to trial
, I'm ready to go to trial.”
Anjanette Young and her attorney, Keenan Saulter, are addressing the "lack of progress" on her lawsuit against the city and the 12 officers involved in the wrong raid on her home. She says she should be focused on her healing rather than being the victim and activist she is today. pic.twitter.com/FVgIkICxbh — Justin Laurence (@jus10chi) June 16, 2021
In February 2019, a dozen male officers knocked on Young's door with guns
drawn, handcuffing her while she was naked and in distress, and searching her apartment despite Young telling them dozens of times that they were in the wrong house.
The mayor initially denied having any knowledge of the case until emails revealed the contrary. She publicly apologized to Young and met with her in late December 2020, about two weeks after CBS 2 first released the shocking body
camera footage of the raid. According to Saulter, Lightfoot stated that she had told city attorneys to resolve Young's lawsuit.
“I believed her when we met in December, when she came to the table, explaining how she was very hurt and apologetic for what I had experienced, and that she was committed to making me whole, her words,” Young said Wednesday.
The botched raid was “traumatic for her and the community,” according to Law Department spokesperson Kristen Cabanban, who added that the city “has remained committed to mending the harm done and finding an equitable and expeditious resolution to this matter.”
When Saulter agreed to a mediation in which the city "assumed all costs," the department was "encouraged," and they were "hopeful that a robust discussion moderated by an experienced former federal judge
would lead to a fair and judicious outcome one that would have fairly addressed Ms. Young's traumatic experience, but also fair to the taxpayers."
“Mr. Saulter chose to reject the city’s offers and walked away from further settlement discussions,” Cabanban said, adding, “In light of Mr. Saulter’s decision, we have no choice but to litigate; we still believe this is a case that should settle, but Mr. Saulter will have to bring a different mindset to the table.”
In response to the Law Department statement, Saulter stated that the city “continues to disrespect” Young by attempting to separate her from his firm, and that the social worker stated on Wednesday that he only acts at her request.
According to Saulter, the city made a “take it or leave it” offer about halfway through the May 27 mediation, which was scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The settlement offer was less than half the $2.5 million the city paid to settle a similar case.
According to Saulter, the city's attorneys left mediation "while we had another proposal on the table," and "refused to further negotiate."
“My attitude has nothing to do with why this case hasn’t settled,” Saulter said, adding, “On the contrary, the city’s legal department and the City of Chicago have attempted to bully Ms. Young and me...and that will not continue.”
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability’s 16-month investigation
into the raid described massive deficiencies in the police department’s policies and training, particularly regarding search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
The police department revised its search warrant policy earlier this year, adding new steps such as requiring officers to account for vulnerable parties and to have a lieutenant or higher-ranking official present.
However, Young and Saulter have stated that they want City Council to pass the Anjanette Young ordinance, which would ban no-knock warrants, require diversity
among raid teams, and require an actual plan before taking action.