Chicago releases graphic video of police shooting 13-year-old boy

Body cam footage shows officers performing CPR on 13-year-old Adam Toledo after he was shot last month

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, an independent board that investigates Chicago police shootings, released the footage of the March 29 fatal shooting of Adam Toledo after allowing the boy's family to view it Tuesday.

"Stop right f***ing now!' the officer yells at the fleeing teen".

As the teen slows down, the officer yells "Hands!"

Adam raises his arms, which appear empty in the videos, as officers shout at him to show his hands and drop whatever he is holding. While approaching the wounded Toledo, the officer radios in for an ambulance.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has not been officially accused of wrongdoing.

In the video, an officer gets out of his vehicle and begins chasing Adam down an alley. "Come on bud, stay awake", and "Come on, big guy".

"(Toledo) has a gun in his right hand.

A handgun the teen was carrying was recovered at the scene, police said.

COPA said in a statement Wednesday that the video and other materials would be released Thursday.

As communities nationwide face a reckoning over police violence, the shooting has renewed calls for police reforms in the third largest United States city. "So while we don't have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain".

"As a mom, this is not something you want children to see", said the mayor. We are continuing to conduct our own investigation as we seek justice for Adam and his family.


According to prosecutors, the teenager was with a 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman, who had just fired a gun at a passing auto.

Tensions over racism and policing are already high in the U.S. as nearby Minneapolis hosts the trial of a white former policeman charged with murdering African-American George Floyd in the same week that the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black motorist sparked violent protests in a suburb of the city.

Adam Toledo did not appear to be holding a gun when he was shot, contrary to what authorities said after the March 29 incident. "The officer fires one shot at (Toledo), striking him in the chest", Murphy said.

Prosecutors say he was armed, although no weapon is visible in his hands in the video when he is struck. The 21-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

The incident, along with Sunday's fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb and the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, has raised tensions in Chicago.

It is unclear in the video whether he did at the time of the shooting. Lightfoot said the city has been preparing for months for a verdict in the Chauvin trial and that it had activated a "neighborhood protection plan".

She also said people should "reserve judgement" and "wait until we hear all the facts".

The Toledo family also appealed for calm.

"We acknowledge that the release of this video is the first step in the process toward the healing of the family, the community, and our city", the statement from the Toledo family and Lightfoot said. Ahead of the video's release, Adam's family and Lightfoot released a joint statement on Thursday.

The video has been viewed by COPA officials, who have been tight-lipped by what it shows. Adding to that mistrust is the city´s history of suppressing damning police videos. Chicago police have been under intense scrutiny since 2014 when a white officer shot and killed a Black teenager. The officer shouts "Drop it" and fires his weapon - 19 seconds after exiting his squad vehicle.

"No one should have a video broadcast widely of their child's last moments, much less be placed in the awful situation of losing their child in the first place", she said.

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