Chicago Police Sub. David Brown wants to fire the sergeant who ran a raid on the wrong house that resulted in social worker Anjanette Young being handcuffed while she was naked.
The move comes just a day before the Civil Police Accountability Office released its final report on the failed raid, which recommended that a handful of police officers face discipline such as suspension and possible termination for their role that night.
According to this Documents filed by Brown Earlier this week, Chicago Police Board, Sergeant. Alex Wolinski allowed Young to remain handcuffed and naked for a period of time, undressing and preparing for bed when police raided his home in 2019 to search for a gunman. 40 minutes in a room full of male police officers. He remained in position even after officers were found to be in the wrong house.
There is a specific rule under which Wolinski was accused of violating the “disrespect or ill-treatment of any person” prohibition. Wolinski is scheduled to appear before the board at the virtual hearing on December 3, which will ultimately determine his fate.
In the COPA report sent to Brown in April, Wolinski and Sgt. Cory Petracco receives sentences ranging from at least one year suspension to termination. The report said that Officer Alan Aporongao, who received the search warrant, should face a sentence ranging from six months to leaving the CPD.
COPA officials said Wolinski’s case was most likely brought to the Police Board by Brown because of his rank, but administrative charges have already been brought against other officers involved. Officials said these cases will likely be sent to the board in the near future. Officers facing suspension of less than one year do not need to appear before the board.
The report said Young’s mistreatment began with Aporongao’s misconduct in obtaining the order and supervisors who failed to provide appropriate oversight.
The agency determined that Young’s experiences revealed more pervasive issues within the department—larger than any individual case of misconduct.
“The personal trespass and home invasion raises other concerns, including the lack of adequate training and supervision surrounding the Department’s use of search warrants, and the disproportionate impact of police actions on people of color,” the report said.
Police officials did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
The head of the police unit representing the sergeants could not be reached for comment.
In support of his position that Wolinski should be dissolved, Brown also pointed out that the police department did not comply with the hit-and-report rule before Wolinski entered Young’s Near West Side home; failed to intervene to stop the disrespectful treatment of Young; and failed to promptly present a search warrant that took 15 minutes.
According to the documents, Wolinski also ignored requests from an officer at the scene to remove Young’s handcuffs, violating department policy by not notifying a SWAT supervisor before entering the home, according to the documents.
In a sobbing Young bodycam video, he tells officers they’ve been to the wrong house more than 40 times; Finally, an officer finally gave him a blanket to cover up.
An unnamed whistleblower gave police Young’s address and said a man was illegally carrying a gun there. But when the officers arrived, they only found Young, who had repeatedly told the officers that he lived alone.
John Catanzara, head of the Brother Constabulary, which represents ordinary officers, called Brown’s decision an “abominable show of “leadership”. facebook post wednesday. He did not respond to follow-up requests regarding the COPA report.