Chicago officers put up movies of police photographs killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo
A police agency posted a video on Thursday showing a Chicago police officer fatally shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for silence as the city prepares for protests throughout the night.
The video shows an officer getting out of his vehicle and chasing Toledo running down an alley. When the policeman catches up with the teenager, he orders him to raise his hands and yells, “Drop it, drop it.” The officer fires a single shot at Toledo’s chest as the teenager raises his hands.
The teenager falls to the ground and the officer rushes to provide assistance and calls for assistance. Police said a semi-automatic pistol was recovered a few meters away. Lightfoot said Thursday there was “no evidence” that the teenager fired the gun before he was shot.
The March 29 incident began around 2:30 am when gunfire was recorded by a police audio scanner. Less than a minute later, police met Toledo and 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was attacked and taken into custody by police.
A lawyer for the officer, who is accused of shooting the juvenile, alleged that Toledo was armed and that the officer was “faced with a life-threatening and fatal situation of violence” and “has no choice”.
The lawyer representing the teen’s family said Toledo was out of hand when the officer opened fire. “These videos speak for themselves,” said lawyer Adeena Weiss Ortiz on Thursday. “Adam didn’t have a gun in the last second of his life.”
Protesters marched in the streets of downtown Chicago overnight. The scenes were tense as protesters stared at the police.
Ja’Mal Green, a local activist, said protesters called for an overhaul of the city’s police department and Lightfoot’s resignation.
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