A Chicago police officer allegedly pointed his flashlight and aimed a pistol within just feet of 4-year-old and 9-year-old sisters, Reshyla and Savayla Winters, while they were lying in their beds on an August night—nearly two years later they still endure that trauma.
Watch the entire video, this is only one incident…this goes on continually.
The girls’ family had spent less than a week in their new Chicago apartment when police kicked in their door without a warrant on Aug. 7 2019, and a swarm of armed officers stormed their home, leaving them with “severe, long-term, emotional and psychological distress, including symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” according to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.
At news conference held by Attorney Al Hofeld Jr. He filed lawsuit this a.m. on behalf of Archie family, who we interviewed in our story last night. They say #Chicago Police raided wrong home 3 times & pointed guns at kids. It’s 6th complaint he’s filed of this kind. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/E1Op84JoEV
— Samah Assad (@SAssadNews) July 19, 2019
The officer first pointed his flashlight and black pistol two feet from Reshyla’s face as she lay in her bed, the lawsuit says, and she immediately began crying and wet the bed in fear for her life. Within moments, the officer had turned his flashlight and gun at her older sister, who was frozen in the twin bed next to her.
The officers would later claim that they were looking for a fleeing suspect with a gun said to be dressed in all-black—a description that did not match that of the girls’ unwitting father, Steven Winters, 35, who was slammed to the ground and held at gunpoint with a knee in his back by a patrol officer.
The reported suspect had last been seen at a nearby gas station, the lawsuit states.
Other officers made their way through the home, and according to the lawsuit, without any trace of the suspect they sought, ignoring pleas from the family “approximately 50 times,” to explain why cops were tearing through their home.
While the sisters cried, another officer directed a gun at the girls’ 73-year-old grandfather, Jessie Evans, startling him from sleep in a separate room, the lawsuit states. read more…