Missing Body Camera Evidence Of Chicago Police Raiding Wrong Homes

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A GUN. NOW THE CBS 2 INVESTIGATORS LEARNED SOME VIDEO FROM BODY CAMERAS MAY BE MISSING. GOOD EVENING, I’M JIM WILLIAMS. TONIGHT OUR INVESTIGATORS EXPOSE CHICAGO POLICE FAILING TO USE BODY CAMERAS AND COLLECT POTENTIALLY CRITICAL EVIDENCE. DAVE SAVINI UNCOVERS NUMEROUS TEAMS OF POLICE OFFICERS CITYWIDE RAIDING HOMES AND EITHER NOT WEARING CAMERAS OR FAILING TO TURN THEM ON. THERE IS THE CROWBAR. A BATTERING RAM. CHICAGO POLICE ! Reporter: — MENDEZ AND HIS DAD GILBERT WATCH VIDEO FROM THE NIGHT CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS RATED THEIR APARTMENT. TONIGHT, EVEN MORE TROUBLING INFORMATION HAS BEEN UNCOVERED INVOLVING THEIR RAID AND OTHER RAIDS HAPPENING AT THE HOMES OF INNOCENT PEOPLE ACROSS THE CITY. THEY RAMMED THE DOOR. Reporter: CBS 2 INVESTIGATORS UNCOVER CRITICAL MOMENTS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECORDED ON CAMERAS WERE MISSING OR NEVER RECORDED IN THE FIRST PLACE. DO YOU WANT TO SEE AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY THERE IS NOBODY CAMERA FOOTAGE FOR THIS OFFICER? FOR THIS OFFICER ? YES. Reporter: WE FIRST TOLD YOU HOW POLICE HAD A WARRANT WITH THE WRONG APARTMENT NUMBER FOR THE MENDEZ FAMILY, GUNS WERE DRAWN, WHICH WAS TERRIFYING FOR PETER WHO WAS NINE AT THE TIME AT HIS BROTHER JACK. IT REALLY HURT YOU THAT DAY. Reporter: WE’VE NOW LEARNED THE FIRST TWO OFFICERS THROUGH THE DOOR, OFC. JOE CAPELLO AND OFC. MIKE GUZMAN ALONG WITH THE SERGEANT IN CHARGE RUSSELL EGAN FAILED TO USE BODY CAMERAS WHEN THEY FIRST CONFRONTED THEM AND THAT IS WHEN THE FAMILY SAYS POLICE POINTED GUNS STRAIGHT AT THE CHILDREN. WHAT YOUR MEMBER ABOUT THE RIFLE? I REMEMBER IT BEING POINTED AT US. THERE SHOULD BE ACTION TAKEN. Reporter: LAW PROFESSOR DAVID HARRIS WORKS WITH POLICE DEPARTMENT TO DIFFERENT STATES TO IMPROVE POLICIES INVOLVING USE OF FORCE HIM A SEARCH AND SEIZURE AND BODY CAMERA USE. THE KEY TO BODY CAMERAS, THEY WERE EITHER MISSING OR WERE NEVER RECORDED IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT’S A PROBLEM. SOMEONE IS NOT BEING TRUTHFUL. Reporter: STATE SEN. JACLYN COLLINS SAYS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE FOLLOWING A TWO’S OUT — 2015 LAW FOLLOWING THE WAKE OF THE LOOK ONE McDONALD SHOOTING TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST WITH CITIZENS, IT REQUIRES THE USE OF BODY CAMERAS, ACTIVATING THEM INCLUDING IN THE SEARCH WARRANT PROCESS. THEY NEED TO ACTIVATE THEIR CAMERAS. DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE A HIGHER LEVEL OF DISCIPLINE IF THEY DON’T FOLLOW THAT ? OF COURSE. Reporter: SEN. COLLINS SAYS CAMERAS ARE VITAL TO CAPTURE WHAT REALLY HAPPENS DURING RAIDS ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN. WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU SAW ? A GUN. Reporter: JUST LAST MONTH CBS 2 INVESTIGATORS RECOVERED SECURITY FOOTAGE OF 17 POLICE OFFICERS GETTING READY TO RAID A HOME WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER AND BATTERING RAM. SOME WERE WEARING HOODS, ALL IN PLAIN CLOTHING, THE TEAM BURST INTO A GRESHAM NEIGHBORHOOD HOME DURING A FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. GUNS POINTED AT US AND I BASICALLY LIKE TO IS YOU THEY SHOE ARE YOU AND THEY WERE LIKE SHUT UP, WE’VE GOT A SEARCH WARRANT. Reporter: SO FAR POLICE WILL NOT COME PICK — CONFIRM IF BODY FOOTAGE FROM THIS EVENT EXISTS. WHAT WAS THE POLICE OFFICER DOING? POINTING GUNS AT CHILDREN WHILE EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANTS IN THE WRONG HOMES IS A TROUBLING PATTERN WE’VE BEEN EXPOSING SINCE LAST YEAR. WHERE DID THEY POINT THE RIFLE? I THINK YOU HAVE UNCOVERED CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF CERTAIN COMMUNITIES, PRIMARILY HISPANIC AND BLACK COMMUNITIES. IT’S LIKE PEOPLE THINK ALL MEXICAN AND BLACKS ARE BAD BUT THEY ARE THINKING WRONG. WHEN THIS HAPPENS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND NOBODY SEEMS TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, NOW YOU HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM. Reporter: PROFESSOR HARRIS SAYS CPD SHOULD BE TRACKING WRONG RAY DATA, USING BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE TO DISCOVER PROBLEMS AND HOLD INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE. WHILE THE CPD HAS REFUSED TO TURN OVER INFORMATION, OVER FUTILE THAT LED US TO THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. DO YOU HAVE ACTUAL NUMBERS ? I DON’T HAVE IT OFF THE TOP OF MY HAD . WE’VE BEEN ASKING FOR NUMBERS. Reporter: THIS LACK OF TRANSPARENCY HAS CALL IS UPSET WITH SUPERINTENDENT EDDIE JOHNSON. THE CPD DID GIVE US A LIST OF 2708 SEARCH WARRANTS SINCE 2017 BUT THE RECORDS DID NOT CLARIFY WHICH ONE WERE WRONG RAIDS. MISSING FROM THIS LIST ARE WARRANTS FROM THE BIRTHDAY RAID AND THE MENDEZ RATE. HE NEEDS BUT TO COME BEFORE THE PUBLIC IN A HEARING TO INDICATE WHY THERE HAS BEEN SUCH DIFFICULTIES, Reporter: CBS TWO INVESTIGATORS HAVE LEARNED SPECIALIZED UNITS INCLUDING CHICAGO’S SWAT TEAMS ARE NOT WEARING BODY CAMERAS ON SEARCH WARRANT RAIDS LIKE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO DO IN LOS ANGELES AND DALLAS. THERE IS NO REASON THAT’S WHAT TEAMS CAN’T USE THEM, TOO. NONE. SWAT RATED CYNTHIA EASON’S HOME DESTROYING HER GRANDCHILDREN’S ELECTRONICS AND TOYS AND POINTING GUNS AT ALL THE KIDS. THEY TRAINED A RIFLE ON HER OLDEST GRANDSON. I WENT OH MY GOD, THEY’RE GOING TO SHOOT MY BABY. Reporter: THE ONLY VIDEO THE FAMILY HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET OF THIS RAID WAS FROM A NEIGHBOR’S A CELL PHONE, AND THE RATE IS ALSO MISSING FROM THE LIST OF WARRANTS THAT CPD GAVE US. I REMEMBER HE WAS STANDING IN THE MIDDLE. AND POINTING A GUN AT US. Reporter: PETER IS TALKING ABOUT OFFICER JOE CAPELLO, THE ONE WITH THE ASSAULT RIFLE. THE SAME OFFICER WHO GOT THE BAD WARRANT. HE FAILED TO INDEPENDENTLY CHECK THE ADDRESS. WE OBTAINED THE POLICE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT AND SUPERVISOR LOGS SHOWING CAPELLO WAS ISSUED A BODY WARRANT CAMERA THAT NIGHT THAT WAS FULLY OPERATIONAL. DO YOU SEE THAT BOX THAT WAS CHECKED? WHAT IS THE NEXT WORD SAY? FUNCTIONING. Reporter: IT SAYS HE WAS GIVEN A CAMERA AT 1631 HRS. WHICH IS 4:31 PM BUT WHEN THE RATE HAPPENED ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER CAPELLO CLAIMED HE WAS NOT WEARING ONE. SO WHAT HAPPENED TO IT? YOU HAD IT. IT WAS FUNCTIONING, WHERE IS IT? WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT MEANS? HE HAD ONE BUT HE DIDN’T PUT IT ON A HE TURNED IT OFF. THEN THERE WAS SGT. EGAN WHO SAYS HE DOES NOT RECALL TURNING HIS BODY CAMERA ON. AND OFC. GUZMAN, THE FIRST GUY THROUGH THE DOOR WITH A GUN DRAWN DID NOT TURN HIS CAMERA ON UNTIL HALFWAY THROUGH THE RATE. HE TURNED IT ON JUST IN TIME TO CATCH THIS CONVERSATION. ADMITTING THEY WERE IN THE WRONG APARTMENT. I THINK WE GOT THE WRONG APARTMENT. HE GAVE US THE WRONG APARTMENT. Reporter: THE FOOTAGE THAT EXISTS SHOWS THEY KEPT SEARCHING THE APARTMENT ANYWAY. I THINK THAT IS TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE, UNCONSCIONABLE AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO GET INVOLVED AND MANDATE THAT THEY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT MISUSE OF POWER. Reporter: OUR ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE RAIDS HAS SPARKED COLLINS TO CREATE NEW LEGISLATION. THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO MOVE AND PUSH FOR MORE LEGISLATION WHICH I WOULD LIKE TO CALL PETER’S AMENDMENT. Reporter: THE LAW WILL INCLUDE BODY CAMERA AND DISCIPLINE REQUIREMENTS, A PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN WHEN POLICE SEARCH HOMES AND SHE IS NAMING IT AFTER PETER MENDEZ. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT, THAT THEY ARE MAKING A LAW BASED ON YOUR NAME? I’M SURPRISED BECAUSE I’M JUST A NORMAL KID. I FEEL LIKE I’M STICKING UP FOR A LOT OF KIDS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH STUFF. THAT IS ONE BRAVE KID. POLICE OFFICIALS DID NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RAIDS AND MISSING BODY CAMERA VIDEO IN THE MENDEZ CASE, THEY DID TELL US 8000 CAMERAS HAVE BEEN ISSUED BUT WE LEARNED HUNDREDS ARE NOT USING THEM AND BECAUSE OF OUR FINDINGS SEN. COLLINS PLANS TO CALL FOR HEARINGS IN SPRINGFIELD REGARDING HER PROPOSED SEARCH WARRANT AND BODY CAMERA LAW. IF YOU FEEL POLICE HAVE WRONGLY ENTERED YOUR HOME, TELL US ABOUT IT ON CBS CHICAGO.COM WE HAVE A FORM TO FILL OUT. THIS IS ALL ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST. YOU SAID YOU HAD A HARD TIME GETTING THE LIST OF RATES.

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