Chicago Police Raid Wrong Woman's Home — Three Times in Four Months

A woman is suing after Chicago police mistakenly raided her family's home three times over the course of four months.

A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Chicago woman 38-year-old Krystal Archie and her three children, who say Chicago police officers wrongly raided their home three times this year in just four months.

Each time, narcotics officers dressed in SWAT gear barged in, ordering her children to the ground with guns pointed at their heads.

Narcotics officers for the Chicago Police Department were looking for suspects named "Lord," "Peanut" and "Lord T." based on information from a confidential informant.

But the lawyer for Archie and her family says the information was bunk and what really happened was officers raided the wrong home and pointed guns at her children, according to attorney Al Hofeld Jr. who filed the suit on July 19 last week.

Hofeld alleges the mistaken raids occurred in February, April and May of this year at the apartment unit where the family lives.

Officers conducted raids using "unverified information on bad search warrants," the lawsuit says.

During one raid, Archie's eldest daughter was babysitting her younger siblings when police broke in ordering the children to "lie face down on the floor" with assault rifles pointed at their heads.

While the children were on the ground, one officer put his foot in the middle of her 14-year-old daughter's back, pointing his gun at her face and head.

He then began cuffing her and only stopped "when she pleaded that she was only 14-years-old," according to NBC Chicago.

In another raid, Archie's 8-year-old son JJ Jackson was playing in his room when he heard a loud boom before officers burst into his family's first-floor apartment with guns drawn on them.

J.J. Jackson, 8-years-old. (CBS Local)

"They had their finger on the trigger," 8-year-old J.J. recalled.

Officers arrived to conduct a search warrant but instead ended up pointing guns at J.J.'s 11-year-old sister, Telia, who also said police pointed guns at them.

Telia Jackson, 11-years-old(CBS Local)

"I was afraid and confused," she recalled in an interview with CBS in Chicago.

"I thought something was going to happen to him, and that I wouldn’t see him after," she said, referring to her younger brother.

​After three raids on her home, Archie was never charged, none of her children were ever charged with crimes, and no contraband was ever found inside of the apartment.

The officer actions during the raids "were not just the product of avoidable mistakes and sloppy police work. They displayed force that was excessive, unnecessary, unreasonable, and illegal," Hofeld said during a press conference after filing the lawsuit.

"We all now have to now look over our shoulders, and who do we look for to protect us? We can’t see them [the police] in that light anymore," Archie said Friday.

Read the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Archie's attorney below.

Comments (6)
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brighteye57
brighteye57

Smdh sad

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

And the Band Played On. This is daily news without any consequences of value. Cops will get away with this as always. Big noise from us, nothing changes with them. Time to begin carrying our own defenses. Life has gotten so much more dangerous in America since Trump took office. Makes me wonder, Where the hell did America disappear to?

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

They trying to steal her kids.

Ben Keller
Ben Keller

Editor

Nah, pretty sure they were going off of hunches that ended up being wrong..

Usually how it works.

See Houston.

I have good officers who fill me in on police happenings, tactics, etc. But I never say who they are.....

Deanimator
Deanimator

It's the Chicago PD. Maybe they thought there was something they could steal.