The video shows an officer chasing the young teen while yelling at him to stop. Once the teen complied with the officer’s orders and stopped, he was fatally shot as he put his hands up. After exiting his patrol vehicle, it took less than 20 seconds for the officer to shoot the teen.
COPA asked for calm and peace following the video’s release and claimed the footage hadn’t “been edited in any form, however redactions protecting personal and private identifying information have been made.”
Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot admitted the video footage was “incredibly difficult to watch,” before adding, “As more people see this footage, I want to ask that everyone tuning in right now think first and foremost of Adam Toledo and what his family is enduring every single day since they’ve learned of his passing.”
The incident occurred on March 29, after police responded to reports of gunfire. Toledo was with 21-year-old Ruben Roman at the time of the shooting, which police claimed was an “armed confrontation.” In addition, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office claimed during a court hearing last weekend that Toledo had a gun in his hand at the time of the shooting.
When asked about the police and State’s Attorney’s Office’s claims that Toledo had a gun in his hand, a spokesperson for the office said a prosecutor “failed to fully inform himself.”
“An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” the spokesperson responded. “Errors like that cannot happen and this has been addressed with the individual involved. The video speaks for itself.”
Police claim Ruben Roman fired seven or eight shots while standing next to Toledo before they both ran from the police. Roman is facing felony charges of unlawful use and reckless discharge of a firearm, child endangerment, and violating probation.
The full body camera footage is available to view here, but viewer discretion is advised.
Source: NBC Chicago