Chicago authorities released a video of a police officer shooting a 13-year-old minor on Thursday. On video from the officer’s pedestrian camera, the officer can be seen chasing Adam Toledo, ordering him to stop and show him his hands. Then he shoots her the moment the teenager has stopped and just raised his hands in the air.
An assistant district attorney for Chicago’s county said Adam Toledo was carrying a gun when he was shot. But on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutor told local broadcaster WGN that the prosecutor had “not fully informed before speaking at a hearing.” No weapon is visible in his hands on the video.
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The teenager was shot dead on March 29 at around 2:30 a.m. Police were called after reports of gunfire and chased the teenager and a 21-year-old man who was with him, Ruben Roman, on foot. The latter was quickly arrested; a police officer continued to chase Adam Toledo before shooting him.
Images “unbearable” for the mayor of Chicago
“Whether Adam was an altar boy or was involved in some untoward activity, the point is that he was walking down the street and was shot, unarmed” “by the time he was taken. been killed, the lawyer for the Toledo family, Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, told the press.
At a press conference Thursday before the footage was released, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called them “unsustainable,” calling residents to calm at a time when tensions around police violence are already high. in the country.
The footage is “gruesome, traumatic, and (is) yet another reminder of the epidemic of police violence we continue to experience in America, and the urgent need for police reform!” Tweeted Ben Crump, lawyer for the family of George Floyd.
I saw the Chicago PD bodycam video killing 13 YEAR OLD Adam Toledo. I will not publish it here or elsewhere. It is horrific, traumatic and yet another reminder of the epidemic of police brutality we still face in America – and the urgent need for police reform !!
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 15, 2021
In the midst of the trial of the white police officer accused of the death of black forty-something George Floyd in May 2020, a young African-American man, Daunte Wright, was killed in Minneapolis by a police officer who claims to have confused his service weapon and his Taser.