CBS 2’s Story, “My Name Is Anjanette Young,” Wins Top Honors at 2021 Driehaus Foundation for Better Government Awards for Investigative Reporting
CHICAGO (CBS) – CBS 2’s powerful story, “My Name is Anjanette Young,” won first place in the 2021 Better Government Association Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting.
The story also won the BGA Readers’ Choice Award in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.
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Savini was honored with producers Samah Assad and Michele Youngerman; and photographers Mike Klingele, DeAndra Taylor, Reed Nolan, Don Stanke, Alfredo Roman, Chris McKnight, Dave Kenebrew, Tim Viste, Lana Hinshaw-Klann and Tony Diasio.
“The winning story was a solid example of how relentless investigative journalism can right wrong,” the BGA wrote.
Young’s bad raid in February 2019 was first revealed by CBS 2 investigator Dave Savini. Young was handcuffed naked and terrified by officers in a botched raid who had left the wrong house.
Young has since become the face of a disturbing model of fake raids uncovered in multi-year CBS 2 investigation. She is one of dozens of people of color who Savini says were victims of bad raids, after officers failed to do basic investigative work to verify bad advice from confidential informants.
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It was December 2020, CBS 2 released the damning body camera video that revealed the moments when officers mistakenly raided Young’s home, pointed guns at her, and handcuffed her. Young was undressing to bed when the police broke in.
While the botched raid happened before Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office, the video was discovered while she was mayor. It wasn’t until after the video was released over a year later that Lightfoot promised to take action to resolve the case.
The city’s main lawyer, Mark Flessner, resigned amid a public scrutiny days after the video was released. The video itself, along with the city’s legal attempts to stop CBS 2 from broadcasting it, sparked months of backlash against city leaders.
In April, the Police Civil Accountability Office concluded its nearly 18-month investigation into the search of Young’s home and said it produced nearly 100 allegations of misconduct against more than a dozen officers who participated in the search.
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Meanwhile, our investigations into bad raids have also led to new laws and policies on search warrants.