(Washington Post) Amir Worship sat on the edge of a bed shirtless and terrified, his hands raised in the air.
It was 5 a.m. and the 12-year-old boy, who had been sound asleep just moments before, was staring at a police officer standing in his bedroom about two feet away from him. The officer had allegedly barged in without warning and was now pointing an automatic rifle at Amir.
Minutes later, the young boy would be in agonizing pain, his kneecap shattered by a bullet his family alleges came from the officer’s gun, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. The suit claims a SWAT team “needlessly and recklessly terrorized and injured” Amir and his 13-year-old brother while executing a search warrant in May — the latest incident of law enforcement in the Chicago area being accused of using excessive force on children of color during raids.
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