Single mom says CPD broke down door of wrong house

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Kenosha Baggett says police busted through the back door of her Lawndale apartment Thursday afternoon. (WLS)

Kenosha Baggett says police busted through the back door of her Lawndale apartment Thursday afternoon.

"We were bombarded," she said. "They tore my house completely up."

She says police ransacked each bedroom looking for drugs. And did it with guns drawn in front of her 11-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.

"All we see on TV is cops killing people," Baggett said. "So that's the first thing they think of."

Baggett says the police were there about 45 minutes and left empty-handed.

"They didn't conduct an investigation. If they did, they would notice this is a household of a working mom with three kids, not a drug dealer," Baggett said.

Baggett says police gave her a search warrant. It had her address, but they were looking for "heroin" and a man named "Willie Rainge aka Papa Breed."

"I don't know who that is," Baggett said. "Never seen the guy a day before in my life. He doesn't live here."

With all the damage, Baggett was frustrated. She says she called 311 - only to have an officer who worked the raid, return. He explained that they got information from an informant and had to find out whether or not it was legit.

"They took whatever he said, and ran with it," Baggett said.

Baggett says drug dealers work the neighborhood - that's true. But she says she's just a working mom, struggling to make enough money. Money she may have to use pay for the damage.

"I work every day. I couldn't even miss work today because I'm afraid what my check would look like if I don't come to work," Baggett said.

According to the search warrant, the 10th District Tactical Team conducted the search. Chicago police say they are looking into the situation, but the department has not released an official statement at this time.
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