The Chicago Police department is being sued after officers reportedly raided a 4-year-old birthday party and broke the cake.
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The Chicago police officers mistakenly raided a 4-year-olds birthday party with their weapons drawn and destroyed the birthday cake, a lawsuit filed by the toddler’s family claims.
The child of the family filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Police department, alleging police mistakenly raided their apartment on February 10, while looking for a man who has never lived there for a number of years, NBC Chicago reported.
The 4-year-old mother, Stephanie Burris, who lives in the apartment, said officers knocked down the door while her son TJ’s birthday party, pointed their guns at her family members and destroyed the birthday cake.
“It is horrible,” Burris told NBC Chicago.
“It’s terrible,” she continued. “Can you imagine a 4 – or 7-year-old to sit and play games with other children, then come in and be seized by the men with guns pointed at them? I can’t imagine that.”
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The federal lawsuit claims the police led the February 10 raid in the pursuit of a man who has not lived in the house for more than five years. The family claims of the Chicago Police department exhibits a pattern of excessive force against or in the presence of the children of the color on the south and west sides.
The family lawyer, Al Hofeld, said he was horrified for the boy after his clients described the officer’s alleged actions during the raid.
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“In place of his family to sing for him, the 4-year-old TJ had the Chicago police officers swearing and insulting him and his family with f-words and cruel jokes,” Hofeld said.
Hofeld said that no one was arrested as a result of the raid and that the police were not wearing body cameras.
A Fox News request for comment from the Chicago Police department was not immediately returned.
In a statement to NBC Chicago Wednesday, the department said it “takes the utmost care to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all information that is used to apply and execute search warrant,” but of “errors to occur and not take it seriously.”