A raid by Chicago police sent an 82-year-old grandmother to the hospital and now her family wants answers.
Although police claim they did not target the wrong home, Elizabeth Harrison says they must’ve mistakenly raided her home since she lives there alone.
Chicago cops broke through Harrison’s door on Thursday, guns drawn, while the elderly woman was having a doughnut and coffee, CBS Chicago reports.
“They were there with the guns drawn: “Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Put your hands up!” Harrison told ABC-7.
“At that point, I thought I was having a heart attack,” she told the news station. “I just started shaking.”
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Harrison said she always encourages young people to follow the law.
“I always tell my young people, ‘Respect the law,'” Harrison said. “But to have them come in and do what they did to me, something is wrong. Really wrong.”
Harrison, a retired school teacher, says the raid could’ve ended her life. She was taken to the hospital where doctors are still monitoring her heart rate.
“They damn near killed me,” Harrison said.
Harrison says she tried to tell the officers that she was a widow who lived alone, but no one believed her.
“They wanted me to produce this young man that they were looking for. And they would not take no for an answer that I didn’t know him,” she said.
Linda Channel, Harrison’s daughter, lives nearby and arrived on the scene to find her mother struggling to breathe.
“They had her sitting in a chair, and her breathing was like (heavy breathing sounds),” said Channel. “I almost had a heart attack.”
The man who police were searching for showed up at the scene to talk with police. Police officials insist that they did not make a mistake, but refused to offer any additional details.
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