The city of Chicago is mourning the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo after he was killed by a Chicago Police Department officer. Recently released body camera footage shows an officer chasing Toledo as he demands that the teenager shows his hands. Complying with the officer’s demands, Toledo turns around with his hands up. Still, the officer demands that he drops anything in his hands. With Toledo facing the officer, he is shot multiple times and falls. The officer attempts to perform CPR, but Toledo is pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Shortly before the video was shared with the public, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the public. Having already seen the video, she spoke to its violent nature. While she wouldn’t comment on the investigation, she did say that she’s seen no evidence that proves Toledo had a gun at the time that he was shot.
“Look, I don’t want to get into the real substance of this because the independent investigation is going on, but I’ve seen no evidence whatsoever that Adam Toledo shot at the police,” Lightfoot said.
There are several videos that kind of start at the beginning of the episode but watching the bodycam footage, which shows young Adam after he is shot is extremely difficult. And I would just say, I’ve said this to a number of people my, my staff or cabinet. As a mom, this is not something you want children to see.”
At this time, the Chicago Police Department has not shared the name of the officer responsible for killing Toledo. There is no word as to if or when charges will be handed down in this shooting.
Chicago is releasing bodycam video of the police killing of #AdamToledo, who was a 13-year-old boy.
Police claim there was an "armed confrontation" and shot him in the chest. The mayor says she saw "no evidence whatsoever" that Toledo shot at police.
(Photo: Elizabeth Toledo) pic.twitter.com/RuqToA9z5X
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 15, 2021