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Only In Chicago: Retired CPS Teacher Sent To Hospital After Chicago Police Kicked In Her Front Door


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A Chicago family has questions about a police search that sent a grandmother to the hospital

On Elizabeth Harrison’s kitchen table, you ‘ll still find her coffee cup and doughnut, left from the moment Thursday when police broke through the 82-year-old’s front door with guns drawn.

“At that point, I thought I was having a heart attack,” she told CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole. “I just started shaking.”

Officers were executing a search warrant on the Roseland home where the retired school teacher and preacher raised 12 children over the last four decades.

“They damn near killed me,” Harrison said.

Police called for an ambulance to rush Harrison to the hospital for treatment of a rapid heart beat. She and her family say the name on the warrant is for someone known in the neighborhood who doesn’t live there.

“I have been treated wrong, and I need someone to explain to me why it’s happening to me,” said Harrison, who lives alone.

Family members say Harrison’s house has been shot at in the past, and that she was the victim of a home invasion. The family reported those incidents to authorities in the past.

“We are a family of law-abiding citizens. We have done nothing illegal in this residence ever,” said Harrison’s granddaughter, Akeya Channell.

Police insist they executed the warrant on the correct home, but won’t elaborate on what led them there in the first place.

broken door

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Harrison says they should have never been there at all.

“I am a victim of them, and that’s the worst because I thought I had it made,” Harrison said. “The police are gonna save me if I need saving.”

Both the family and police reports indicate as soon as it was clear Harrison was in distress, officers focused their attention on her health. CPD also offered to pay for repairs to her door.

Source: CBS Chicago

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