'Chicago, IL — When Samari Boswell, 7, was celebrating her younger brother, TJ Broswell’s 4th birthday earlier this year, she never expected to see 17 heavily armed cops come smashing through her door. However, thanks to a severe case of police incompetence, that is exactly what happened. And now, a family is left traumatized while people who claim to ‘protect’ them also claim video from officer-worn body cameras showing the horrifying raid simply went “missing.”
It’s not just this family either. Chicago cops have a bad habit of raiding the homes of innocent people and then conveniently losing the body camera footage. In fact, it’s happened several times in recent months with the child’s birthday party being one of the most egregious cases.
According to a scathing report from a local CBS affiliate out of Chicago, the department’s record is troubling.
“For them to raid homes like this, with extreme force like this, make mistakes and nothing happens, that tells people they and their homes don’t count, [that] they don’t matter,” David Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said.
The incident at the child’s birthday, which happened on Sunday Feb. 10, was captured on nearby surveillance footage and showed at least 17 cops holding battering rams, sledge hammers, and with guns drawn. They were raiding the little boy’s birthday party based entirely on bad information and over alleged MDMA pills—17 cops for some ecstasy.
The innocent family said when cops busted down the door, they thought they were being robbed. Cops came in, pointed guns at everyone, including tiny children and began demanding everyone get down.
“They were saying F words and stuff,” Samari said. “It was horrible.”
Read more: Body Cam Video ‘Missing’ from 17 Cops Who Raided 4yo Boy’s Party, Pointed Guns at Kids, Destroyed Home
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