A civil rights complaint has been filed against Chicago police for their behavior during an alleged illegal raid. Regina Evans and Steven Winters, the parents of Reshyla and Savayla Winters, two young girls held at gunpoint following an encounter with cops in 2019, are suing the Chicago Police Department, according to several news agencies.
Officers arrived at the Winters residence on Aug. 7, 2019, to execute a search warrant, according to the lawsuit. The detectives said the flat was a hiding place for suspects who had been fighting at a petrol station, however according to a police report and evidence from the lawsuit, there is no video of the suspects entering the building.
Instead, the bodycam video shows officers storming into the house, searching every room. According to the video, the cops first pointed the gun at Evans’ father before moving on to the two little children as they lay in their beds.
The girls awoke to find firearms and a flashlight pointed in their direction after hearing the commotion, an experience that allegedly resulted in their “long-term psychological drama,” which includes “severe, long-term, emotional and psychological distress, and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
“The tremendous boom woke her up, and when she saw the light in her face, and she saw something black pointed at her,” Evans said in an interview with “Good Morning America.” “And Reshyla said she saw a white light and something large and black pointed at her, and she began to cry.”
“They were frightened. They had no idea what was happening. She went on to say, “They assumed something had happened to mommy and daddy.” “And right now, Reshyla is still having nightmares and is unable to sleep. In her sleep, she screams. Savayla is 11 years old, and she has dreams that wake her up.”
Apart from the trauma inflicted by Chicago cops, Evans’ lawyer claims that the officers searched the Winters’ house without the family’s agreement or a legitimate search warrant.