Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which initially refused to release a police body cam video of an officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo with his hands up on March 29, has finally released the footage after weeks of hiding it from the public.
Chicago police claimed there was an “armed confrontation” with Toledo, however, the video only shows the boy with his hands in the air right before he is fatally shot by the unnamed police officer.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago lectured Chicago residents to be peaceful, but did not tell the police to do the same, notes The New York Times.
Lightfoot refused to say whether the boy was holding a gun, but said that people should judge for themselves after watching the video, but added: “I see no evidence whatsoever that Adam Toledo shot at police.”
The New York Times notes that prosecutors waited until April 10 to issue a detailed statement on the March 29 shooting:
Ruben Roman, a 21-year-old who the authorities said was with Adam at the time of the shooting, appeared in a Cook County courtroom on Saturday. He was charged with felony reckless discharge, unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment, and held on a $150,000 bond.
Prosecutors described the incident in detail for the first time on Saturday. According to their account, video captures Mr. Roman and Adam walking together down a street on the West Side around 2:30 a.m. on March 29. Mr. Roman, holding a gun, appears to fire several shots at an unknown target.