Chicago Police Release Footage of Officer Shooting 13-Year-Old Boy

Chicago police released on April 15 a body camera footage of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old Latino boy in a dark alley.

Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released a video of a shooting incident that occurred last March 29 when officer Eric Stillman fired a single shot at the chest of Adam Toledo, killing him.

“We ask for calm and peace following today’s release and ask for patience as COPA continues to bring this investigation to conclusion,” COPA said in a statement.

The footage showed Stillman chasing Toledo down an alley at 2:30 a.m. in Little Village, a Mexican neighborhood in the city, while yelling for the boy to “stop” and to show his hands before shooting him.

At the 2:04-minute mark of the video, Toledo can be seen holding something in his right hand, which police said was a gun.

Police also said that a gun was later recovered from behind the fence in the alley.

Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, lawyer for Toledo’s family, initially said on April 15 that Toledo “did not have a gun in his hand, contrary to the reports made earlier today.”

However, she then acknowledged that “it could be a gun.”

“I’m not going to deny that, that it could be a gun, but I can’t tell you with 100% certainty, until I have that video forensically analyzed and enhanced. But it is not relevant because he tossed the gun. If he had a gun, he tossed it,” Weiss-Ortiz said.

According to prosecutors, Toledo was with 21-year-old Ruben Roman, whom police later arrested and charged for firing a gun at a passing car. Police responded to the gunfire alert, which led to the fatal confrontation.

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