On Tuesday, a Black family filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago alleging that police officers pointed guns at their two young children in a botched raid that took place at the wrong home.
According to Insider, almost exactly 2 years later, the girls, 4-year-old Reshyla and 9-year-old Savayla Winters, are still traumatized by the incident.
The family had only been at the new apartment in Chicago for less than a week when the police officers kicked in their front door without a warrant on Aug. 7, 2019. A group of armed police officers stormed inside their home, which left the family with “severe, long-term, emotional and psychological distress, including symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” according to the civil lawsuit that was filed in federal court Tuesday.
The lawsuit also alleged that the police officers falsified their reports to cover up that the raid took place at the wrong home. The police officers stated that they witnessed a suspect, who they say had a gun, running into the Winters’ home and the lawsuit says that the police officers’ body camera footage does not show anyone else entering or exiting the building.
The Daily Beast has reported that the lawsuit, which was filed by civil rights attorney Al Hofeld Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, named the City of Chicago and some of those police officers as defendants. The lawsuit stated that the police officers’ actions were “needlessly traumatizing” for the family and violated their constitutional rights by repeatedly ignoring attempts from the family to understand why the officers were there.