Family sees video of teen's fatal shooting by Chicago police

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability on Thursday released footage of a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. Screen capture  Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability on Thursday released footage of a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo last month. Screen capture Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability

A 13-year-old boy had his hands up when he was shot dead by a Chicago cop last month, according to stunning body-camera video released Thursday afternoon.

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

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability plans to release at 2:30 p.m. Thursday the footage captured by cameras worn by the officers who chased Toledo in the early morning hours of March 29 in the 2300 block of south Sawyer Avenue following a ShotSpotter notification of eight gunshots in the area.

The police accountability board initially said it was legally prohibited from releasing video of the shooting because the teen was a minor, but that changed after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown called for the video's release.

"Shots fired, shots fired".

"Simply put, we failed Adam", Lightfoot said, calling for more social services for children and families who are struggling.

Prosecutors say the boy was armed, although no gun can be seen in the footage as Toledo raises his hands.

In her news conference, Mayor Lightfoot said there was no evidence in the footage she reviewed that Adam shot at officers.

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The newspaper also reports that the Chicago Police Department has been on alert for potential retaliation against officers because the area where Adam Toledo was shot is a stronghold of the Latin Kings street gang. He appeared to be holding his hands up, or trying to, right when the gun was sacked. During Roman's bond hearing Saturday, an assistant state's attorney said Toledo turned toward the officer with a gun in his right hand before he was shot and killed. While approaching the wounded Toledo, the officer radios in for an ambulance.

The incident, along with this week's fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright outside of Minneapolis and the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on charges of killing George Floyd, has flared tensions in Chicago. "These two realities urge us to reckon with and address the relationship between police, our communities and especially our young people". The NBC 5 version is not showing the moment Adam Toledo is shot.

Police said the other person who fled from police officers, Ruben Roman Jr. was arrested on a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

"COPA's core values of integrity and transparency are essential to building public trust, particularly in incidents related to an officer involved shooting, and we are unwavering in our commitment to uphold these values", the office said in a statement.

Officers immediately tried to render aid after the shooting, she said.

"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 joint statement said.

"COPA has remained sensitive to the family's grief and is carrying out this release in accordance with the City's Video Release Policy", it said in a statement Wednesday. "We understand that the release of this video will be incredibly painful and elicit an emotional response to all who view it, and we ask that people express themselves peacefully". Adding to that mistrust is the city´s history of suppressing damning police videos. The officer was eventually convicted of murder. Other officers arrive at the scene in the Little Village neighbourhood on the city's west side and CPR is performed.

The videos "are incredibly hard to watch, particularly at the end", Lightfoot said at a news conference before the videos were set to be released.

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