Published: Fri, April 16, 2021
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Chicago releases video of police shooting 13-year-old dead

Chicago releases video of police shooting 13-year-old dead

Prosecutors working another case against Ruben Roman, the 21-year-old man allegedly with the teen when police responded, said at a bond hearing for their client that a 9-millimeter Ruger was located near the fence where the teen was killed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The video challenges comments from the Chicago Police Department that the pursuit of Adam was an "armed confrontation".

The video of Adam was posted by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability on Thursday after initially saying it could not release the video because it involved the shooting of a minor.

The body-camera video from the officer then showed him yelling "stop" to Toledo before he caught up to him and ordered him to show him his hands. The NBC 5 version is not showing the moment Adam Toledo is shot. Period. There's no way a rational person can say they can process that and their muscle reaction would be less than one second, ' Catanzara said on Cuomo Prime Time.

Roman was quickly apprehended as the pair fled down an alley and the body cam footage shows an officer cornering Toledo.

The body camera video that shows the shooting begins with about 1 minute and 45 seconds of the officer driving to the scene in the Little Village neighborhood before exiting his vehicle and running down an alley. Toledo appeared to raise his hands right before Stillman fired one shot and then ran to the boy as he fell to the ground.

"Yesterday, the City of Chicago's Corporation Counsel, Celia Meza, met with Adeena Weiss-Ortiz and Joel Hirschhorn, legal representatives for the Toledo family", Lightfoot and the Toledo family said in a joint statement.

The boy's family saw the video on Tuesday and asked that the video and other evidence not be immediately released to the public, according to a statement this week from COPA, which investigates all police shootings.

In the days before, footage of a white police officer shooting black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop sparked protests in the same city the trial is taking place in.

"If you're shooting an unarmed child with his arms in the air, it's an assassination", she said.


One of the documents identified Stillman, who has been on the force for six years, as the officer who shot and killed Toledo.

The man was arrested on a misdemeanour charge of resisting arrest.

Before it was released, shops in downtown Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" boarded up their windows in anticipation.

"It happens now that these circumstances are sitting next to each other", she said. He was later convicted of second-degree murder.

"We pray that for the sake of our city, people remain peaceful to honor Adam's memory and work constructively to promote reform", the family said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for calm, even as she grew emotional as she talked about Adam's death and her own pain in watching the video, calling it "excruciating".

The release of the video was likely to rattle a nation already on edge over issues of policing, justice and race relations.

A spokesperson for Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx told The Phoenix the attorney "failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court".

The family and Lightfoot called on people to "express themselves peacefully" after the video's release. Adding to that mistrust is the city's history of suppressing damning police videos.

The city fought for months to keep the public from seeing the 2014 video of a white officer shooting McDonald, and also tried to stop a TV news station from broadcasting video of a botched 2019 police raid in which an innocent, naked, Black woman wasn't allowed to put on clothes until after she was handcuffed.

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