In February 2019, Chicago police officers mistakenly raided the home of a female social worker and handcuffed her while she was naked. Following the release of information about the botched raid, activists have called for reforms to the way the Chicago Police Department conducts search warrants.
Recently, Mayor Lightfoot unveiled a series of proposed changes to CPD’s search warrant policies. The changes include: (1) forcing officers to review any mistakes after the fact to determine what went wrong, (2) requiring search warrants to be approved by a deputy chief or higher ranking officer, (3) banning no-knock warrants except for situations where a safety threat exists, (4) requiring officers to perform a planning session before serving a search warrant, and (5) requiring a female officer to be present during the execution of the search warrant.
To read more about Mayor Lightfoot’s proposed changes, click here.