Two teenage brothers are speaking out after armed Chicago police raided their home by mistake.
It happened Wednesday night at a home in the 6200 block of South Kimbark.
The homeowners say police came in with guns drawn on two teenagers there. The Chicago Police Department is apologizing for the incident, but the family says that's not enough. The broken door can be fixed, but it's the trauma the family suffered that cannot easily be forgotten.
While investigating a kidnapping and sex assault, Chicago police raided the wrong home. 18-year-old Naseeem Stevens was asleep in his apartment near 62nd and Kimbark. His locked bedroom door was kicked in around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
“I didn't know how they even got in the house, like I didn’t know what was going on or nothing, I just wake up there's guns pointed at me, I’m nervous,” he said.
Three Chicago police officers handcuffed him and directed him to the family room.
He then spotted his 15-year-old brother handcuffed and on his knees. Stevens says the officers interrogated them and went in search of the unit they had a search warrant for, the door next to theirs appears to have been forced open.
Chicago police said in a statement the officers quickly realized they had the wrong apartment.
“CPD deeply regrets the error. The supervisor of area central detectives will also be visiting the family to make an in person apology and ensure that repair / claims process with the department be expedited,” police said in a statement.
Steven's mother says the building manager gave police door keys to help in their investigation.
“Everybody go home to a peaceful night sleep, now we have to worry about somebody entering our home with a key,” mom Karonna Williams said.
“By no means do I think its intentional but I do think there is very cavalier attitude when you are dealing with marginalized communities, black communities poor communities, that it's okay,” said attorney Rahshan Gordon.
The family attorney says it seems the only way to hold the city of Chicago accountable is to take them to court. They will most likely be following a lawsuit.
Also, the individuals Chicago police were looking for were not there.