Top Chicago attorney steps down over detainment of nude woman during raid
Mayor Lori Lightfoot accepted the resignation of Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner with immediate effect.
The City of Chicago management consultant resigned Sunday in response to the public posting of videos from last year's raid on Anjanette Young's home in his office.
The material, released over a year after the incident, shows Young naked and tells police 43 times that they were in the wrong house.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (above), who reportedly immediately accepted Mark Flessner's resignation, said she was "committed to a full review of all events related to this incident, will take corrective action if necessary, and will hold people accountable" . (Photo by Joshua Lott / Getty Images)
"Today I offered my resignation letter as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago," wrote Mark Flessner on Twitter. "It's been an honor to work with my friend (Mayor) Lori Lightfoot for the past two years."
"It is clear that the attack on Anjanette Young's house was a tragedy that we must learn from," Flessner said in a statement. "Standing up for racial injustice and fighting for equality within our judicial system are crucial things that we must continue to work towards as a community."
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Mayor Lightfoot noted that she accepted Flessner's resignation with immediate effect. It is not known if her office actually requested it.
"I have a duty to fully review everything that has happened in connection with this incident, take corrective action if necessary, and hold people accountable," Lightfoot told the media.
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Flessner's resignation does not appear to be due to the raid itself, but to the efforts of city officials in Chicago not to make the footage available to the public.
Young was denied a Freedom of Information Act request for body camera footage of the police raid. Even after it was granted, the city did not give Young's attorney all of the footage. The city also sued to prevent it from being broadcast on television. The city also sued Young for violating a confidentiality agreement.
These legal missteps may have cost Flessner his job as Chicago's top lawyer.
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The February 2019 raid on Young's house made national news when the social worker was handcuffed and left completely naked in front of male officials for nearly 10 minutes when they requested information on a 23-year-old who was a known criminal.
The man the police were looking for was actually in the apartment next door. He also carried a tracking device.
The officers never checked the basic information originally given to them by an informant.
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