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US Protests of Police Shootings Remain Peaceful

Chicago to release video of police shooting 13-year-old boy Family sees video of teen's fatal shooting by Chicago police
Melba Vasquez | 16 April, 2021, 17:56

A police watchdog agency released video Thursday of a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo while his hands were raised last month.

A still frame taken from Officer Eric Stillman's body camera footage shows that Adam Toledo was not holding anything and had his hands up when Officer Stillman shot him once in the chest at about 3am on March 29.

Prosecutors working another case against Ruben Roman, the 21-year-old man allegedly with the teen when police responded, said at a bond hearing for their client that a 9-millimeter Ruger was located near the fence where the teen was killed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

But Chicago's mayor and police superintendent called for it to be released.

Previous police shooting videos that went public have sparked major protests, including one released in 2015 showing a white officer shooting Black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing him.

Hours earlier, the prosecution and defense rested their cases in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd, which ignited a wave of protests previous year.

She held an emotional press conference at City Hall and said, "Simply put, we failed Adam". "Stop! Stop right (expletive) now!"

"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.

A small memorial is seen where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer in the Little Village neighborhood on April 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The boy raises his hands after appearing to throw away something.

Video of the shooting is expected to be released at 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET) Thursday, Lightfoot told reporters. A 13-year-old pointing a gun, if that's what he did, is as unsafe as a 23- or 33-year-old, maybe even more risky given what we know about the lack of judgment and impulse control in adolescents.

In addition to posting the bodycam footage of the officer who shot Adam, the review board released footage from other bodycams, four third-party videos, two audio recordings of 911 calls and six audio recordings from ShotSpotter, which is the technology that alerted police to gunshots in the area and that led officers to respond. "Get an ambulance over here now", the police officer is heard saying in the video.

Protesters calling for justice march through Chicago on Wednesday.

During a meeting with the mayor's office and attorney for the young boy's family, "both parties agree that all material should be released, including a slowed-down compilation of the events" that resulted in Adam's death.

"Yesterday, the City of Chicago's Corporation Counsel, Celia Meza, met with Adeena Weiss-Ortiz and Joel Hirschhorn, legal representatives for the Toledo family", Lightfoot and the Toledo family said in a joint statement.

"It's sad to say that they're boarding up windows, blocking off entrances to business once again in anticipation of more rioting and looting", she wrote.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) said the city is "allocating public safety resources" across communities in a tweet hours after the video was released.

The Chicago Police Department has a long history of brutality and racism that has fomented mistrust among the city's many Black and Hispanic residents.

The officer is a white military veteran with no prior disciplinary issues.

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