Chicago officials release videos of police shooting that killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo

Chicago officials release videos of police shooting that killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo

A police oversight agency on Thursday released video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for calm as the city braces for protests throughout the night.

Video shows an officer exiting his vehicle and chasing Toledo, who is running down an alley. When the officer catches up to the teen, he orders him to raise his hands and yells, “Drop it, drop it.” The officer fires a single shot to Toledo’s chest as the teen raises his hands.

The teen drops to the ground and the officer rushes to administer aid and calls for backup. Police have said a semi-automatic pistol was recovered a few feet away. Lightfoot on Thursday said there was “no evidence” the teen fired the weapon before he was shot.

The March 29 incident began around 2:30 a.m. when gunshots were picked up by a police audio scanner. Less than a minute later, police encountered Toledo and 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was tackled by police and taken into custody. 

An attorney for the officer accused of shooting the teen claimed Toledo was armed and that the officer was “faced with a life-threatening and deadly force situation” and “was left with no other option.”  

The attorney representing the teen’s family said Toledo was not holding the weapon when the officer opened fire. “Those videos speak for themselves,” attorney Adeena Weiss Ortiz said Thursday. “Adam, for the last second of his life, did not have a gun.”

Protesters marched in the streets of downtown Chicago overnight. The scenes were tense with demonstrators staring down police.

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Ja’Mal Green, a local activist, said protesters were calling for an overhaul of the city’s police department and the resignation of Lightfoot.

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This April 15, 2021, photo shows a memorial where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot by a police officer in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

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This article is sourced from CBS News

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