Anjanette Younger, who was handcuffed whereas bare by Chicago police throughout a wrongful police raid in 2019, is utilizing her traumatic expertise to assist others.
After a professor from the College of Chicago Faculty of Social Service Administration noticed a neighborhood information report about Younger’s story, she reportedly requested if she may arrange a GoFundMe page. Younger agreed, however mentioned she doesn’t need the cash to go to her. As a substitute she’s donating all of the proceeds to the social justice and counseling ministry at Progressive Baptist Church the place she is a longtime member.
“I’ve had so many individuals attain out to me providing assist,” Younger advised CBS 2. “It’s been considerably overwhelming.”
She continued: “I need to have the ability to honor the code of being a social employee, advocating and supporting others, uplifting the group.”
Younger mentioned if it wasn’t for her church and its social justice ministry, her therapeutic course of would have been very totally different. That’s why she’s paying it ahead.
“I need to be intentional on what I do with this expertise that God has given me,” she mentioned to the information station. “I don’t prefer it. I wouldn’t have requested for it. However now I’ve it, and what do I do with it? I used to be just like the church that I’m part of has a social justice and counseling ministry. It’s how I obtained related to my legal professional.”
Senior Pastor Charlie Dates says the cash will go to providing authorized clinic companies to the general public and mentioned he didn’t imagine Younger would wish the assist of the justice ministry.
Younger mentioned she needs the cash to assist those that might really feel helpless or alone. It’s how she felt after her residence was wrongly raided whereas she was bare and afraid. Her pastor was the one who helped her immensely throughout the aftermath.
“I need to guarantee that individuals within the metropolis of Chicago know that it exists and know that it’s not in regards to the church. It’s about us serving to the group. That’s what we actually need to be about and that’s what I’m about as a social employee. I need to give again. I need to assist,” she mentioned.
The police bodycam of footage of the police raid of Anjanette Younger’s residence in 2019 sparked outrage final week when it was launched. Within the video, Younger, who stands handcuffed and bare, could be seen pleading with the officers, attempting to persuade them that they had the mistaken tackle. After a number of minutes, they decided that that they had made a mistake and ultimately threw a blanket over her physique whereas they decided what went mistaken.
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot later apologized publicly for what occurred to Younger and vowed that an investigation into the incident would transfer ahead.
“It makes me indignant that I didn’t learn about it. It makes me indignant that decisive motion wasn’t taken,” Lightfoot told CBS Chicago in an interview. “Individuals noticed this video. They watched it,” she mentioned.