Authorities in Chicago released a video on Thursday of a policeman shooting a 13-year-old minor, “unbearable” photos according to the mayor of the third-largest city in the United States who called for calm.
In a video from the officer’s pedestrian camera, the police can be seen chasing Latino Adam of Toledo, ordering him to stop and show his hands. He is then shot the moment the teen stops and just raises his hands in the air.
The prosecutor claimed that Adam Toledo was armed, but no weapon in his hands appeared in the video.
Lors d’une conférence de presse jeudi avant la diffusion de ces images, la maire de Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, les a qualifiées d ‘“insoutenables”, en appelant les habitants au calme au moment où les tensions autour des violences policières sont déjà vives in the country.
Amidst the trial of a white police officer accused of killing a 40-year-old black man George Floyd in May 2020, a young African-American, Don Wright, was murdered in Minneapolis by a police officer who allegedly confused him. Service weapon and his Taser.
“Whether Adam was a boy at the altar or was involved in unwanted activity, the point was that he was walking down the street and shot, unarmed” at the time he was killed, Toledo family attorney, Adina Weiss-Ortiz, told the press.
The teenager was shot dead on March 29 at around 2:30 a.m.
Police Violence Epidemic
Police were called after news of a shooting, and the young Robin Roman, 21, was chased away on foot.
The latter was quickly arrested; The police officer continued chasing Adam of Toledo before he was shot.
The Chicago District Attorney’s assistant said Adam Toledo was carrying a pistol when he was shot.
But on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Cook County attorney general told local station WGN that the attorney “had not been fully informed before speaking at a hearing.”
The footage is “shocking, shocking, and (it’s) another reminder of the epidemic of police violence we’re still seeing in America, and the urgent need for police reform!” On Twitter, Ben Crump, lawyer for the George Floyd family.
Small groups gathered in downtown Chicago on Thursday to peacefully protest the teen’s death after the footage was published. Some chanted, according to local media, “Catch the police!”