Chicago police officers would be banned from issuing overnight home search warrants if there is an order in place that is now under scrutiny by city officials.
The Anjanette Young Ordinance, unveiled late last month, is named after a black social worker who went through a botched crackdown by Chicago police officers in February 2019.
Under the ordinance, Chicago police officers could not execute a search warrant without knocking first and giving residents “no less than 30 seconds to respond.”
Police officers should use tactics that “cause the least harm to people’s homes, property and personalities and the least harm to people’s physical and emotional health”. The superintendent – or an appropriate agent – would need to approve any plan prior to execution.
The department would also need to ensure that “at least one member who does not identify as male (including at least one woman)” is present when officers carry out a search warrant.
If children are present, the officers would have to call the dispatch department and inform the operators of their presence. Officials would be prohibited from pointing, handcuffing, or restraining firearms at children.
In addition, all residential property search warrants would have to be executed between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. – “Absence of urgent circumstances.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Commissioner David Brown have both proposed changes to the way police issue search warrants. But the Chicago city councilors who campaigned for the Anjanette Young Ordinance have said that these proposals do not go far enough.
Ald. Chris Taliaferro, a former police officer and chairman of the city council’s public security committee, agreed to hold a hearing on the ordinance last week but said it needed to be reconciled with proposals from the mayor and police chief, the reported Chicago Sun-Times.
“I can’t take the fullness of any of them and say they are perfect,” he said. “There has to be a compromise.”
Fox News reached out to the regulation’s co-sponsor, Ald. Maria Hadden and the Chicago Police are looking for comment.