Statement From Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
In February of 2019, Ms. Young was denied her basic dignity as a human being. What she experienced was unacceptable. Today’s announcement that Jones Day has completed their independent investigation will bring a new level of clarity, and hopefully closure, to the events that occurred leading up to and following February 2019.
As part of their investigation, I personally sat for an extensive interview and gave them full access to my office and relevant City departments. Jones Day has briefed the Mayor’s Office, along with impacted departments, on their findings and recommendations. We look forward to reviewing the full report and implementing any policies and procedures that may result as indicated in the investigation. As I previously stated, the results of this investigation would be made public, and I am making good on that commitment.
While my words cannot change what happened to Ms. Young, it is my sincere hope the settlement award and the release of the Jones Day report brings some measure of peace to her, her family, her community, and our city.