Home is where you should feel the safest. For many Chicago families, it’s being invaded by the people worn to serve and protect them. When a confidential informant gives officers information, such as tips on crimes, police are required to verify it’s correct before acting. In the case of a search warrant, it must be signed by a police supervisor, an assistant state’s attorney and a judge. But Chicago Police officers often fail to verify the address before executing search warrants, leading to the wrong homes – and innocent families – being the targets.
This page was originally published on Oct. 6, 2019. On May 18, 2020, an epilogue was added. On July 29, 2020, the epilogue was updated with new data provided by police.