Chicago, IL — In their effort to go after people for possessing and selling substances deemed illegal by the state, US law enforcement personnel will lay waste to anyone in their path. As TFTP has reported time and again, even innocent children, including sleeping babies, are not exempt from the terror and violence doled out by the American Drug Warriors. A 12-year-old boy in Illinois learned this the hard way recently after cops shot him and shattered his knee cap during a fruitless raid to make a drug arrest.
On the night of May 26, 2019, Amir Worship was sitting on the edge of his brother's bed when SWAT cops burst into their family's home and began deploying flash bang grenades and holding everyone at gunpoint. According to a lawsuit filed in Illinois state court this month, Amir had his hands up when a cop shot him in the knee cap. Amir is now left permanently disabled.
Police were executing a search warrant for Amir's mother's boyfriend, Mitchell Thurman. Thurman was arrested that night, but the criminal case against him was later dropped — meaning the entire violent ordeal that left a 12-year-old child shot and permanently disabled was for nothing.
According to the lawsuit, a SWAT team officer shot Worship in his bedroom after the room had been secured "and long after it was obvious that a 12-year-old child posed no threat."
"In fact, 12-year-old Amir was shot, shot while sitting on the edge of the bed with his hands up," the lawsuit says. "An officer shot him with his assault rifle, striking him in the knee and shattering his knee cap. At that moment, this officer was pointing his rifle directly at shirtless Amir as he sat on the edge of his brother's bed."
Adding to the unscrupulous nature of the raid is that according to the lawsuit, after the officer exploded the 12-year-old boy's knee cap, he covered his body camera and put black tape over his badge number as not to be identified.
The Worship family's attorney, Al Hofeld, Jr., told Reason Magazine that the police departments denied records requests for body camera footage from the incident.
"Amir will never be able to play sports again," the suit says. "This part of his childhood has been taken from him forever. He will never again experience the sheer physical joy of walking or running normally."
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During a press conference last week, Amir's mother Crystal Worship fought back tears as she noted how that night changed their lives forever. "It will never be the same," she said.
“He’s my angel,” Worship said at the news conference about Amir. “As a mom, I’m supposed to protect him and I wasn’t there.”
Because of their gross negligence and incompetence, the city of Chicago is facing a slew of lawsuits for raiding the homes of innocent people — allegedly by mistake. TFTP has reported on several of these lawsuits in which cops raided a four-year-old's birthday party and held other children at gunpoint.
As TFTP reported last month, one of these families has been raided — mistakenly — three times in just the last four months.
“There was no time to breathe in between,” said Krystal Archie, 38, whose home in the 6800 block of South Dorchester Ave has been repeatedly raided by incompetent and often extremely rude cops. “I’d get my house together, and they were back in my house.”
According to the Washington Post, Amir’s mother is suing the city of Country Club Hills, Ill., the village of Richton Park and several police officers for damages in excess of $50,000, alleging negligence, willful and wanton conduct, assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, and emotional distress.
"There is a silent epidemic of trauma being perpetrated upon the children and families of color by Chicago and South Suburban police barreling into the wrong homes, handcuffing innocent adults, holding guns on children, handcuffing children, trashing their homes, refusing to show warrants, and screaming dehumanizing commands," Hofeld said in a press release. "Now, children are being shot in their beds."
According to the Washington Post, Illinois State Police received a request from the Richton Park Police Department to investigate a shooting involving one of their officers that occurred at the time of the raid. The investigation is open and ongoing.
"Someone should be held responsible," Crystal Worship said. We agree.