CHICAGO (CBS) — When a confidential informant gives officers information, such as tips on crimes, police are required to verify it’s correct before acting. In the case of a search warrant, it must be signed by a police supervisor, an assistant state’s attorney and a judge.
But Chicago Police officers often fail to verify the address before executing search warrants, leading to the wrong homes – and innocent families – being the targets.
It’s been a year since CBS 2 Investigators received its first tip about Chicago Police officers wrongly raiding a family’s home and pointing guns at adults and children. But as the story unfolded, it became bigger than just one case.
Since then, we’ve uncovered more than a dozen incidents – with doors broken, homes ransacked and innocent families left traumatized in the wake of these raids. There are likely many more.
If you believe police wrongly entered your home, tell us about it here.