CHICAGO — A West Side couple is suing the city of Chicago after they claim Chicago police officer raided the wrong home in 2017.
The lawsuit cites emotional distress, trespassing and excessive force — claiming the Chicago Police Department has an unlawful pattern and practice of entering black citizens' homes without a warrant.
The raid happened a year ago today, WGN's Dana Rebik reports.
In home footage, four officers can be seen entering a Lawndale home with weapons drawn. The Franklin family said officers kicked in the front door about 6 a.m. March 23, 2017, looking for a man by the name of Gregory Hines.
"They had guns drawn," attorney Rahsaan Gordon said. "My clients asked them repeatedly from the time they came in, until the time they left, for names, badge numbers, a copy of the warrant. They gave them none of that."
In the home at the time of the raid were the couple's two children: a 19-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
"I have a 12-year-old son back there," Ashanti Franklin said. "He doesn't know what's going on. I don't want him to get startled, make the wrong move and then you all shoot."
The video shows officers enter the boy's bedroom before leaving.
Officers later arrested the man they were looking for in a first-floor unit in the same building. The Franklin family says police never repaired their broken door — or apologized.
"The family is hopefully trying to stop this from happening to another family," Gordon said. "They're seeking to hold the city of Chicago and its police officers accountable for this action."
Read the entire lawsuit here: