Chicago Police Kill 13-Year-Old Boy, Didn’t Tell His Mom for 2 Days, Cops Didn’t Mention His Age in Public Statement
Police in Chicago shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29, but did not tell his mother, Elizabeth Toledo until March 31, even though the seventh grader had been fatally shot in the chest by officers in an alley behind a high school, not far from the family home.
Elizabeth had filed a missing persons report after Adam had gone missing, but he returned to join her for a relative’s memorial service on March 28, reported WMAQ.
Unbeknownst to Elizabeth, her son left the home in the early morning hours on March 29, and was killed by the cops at around 2:30 a.m.
Police asked Elizabeth for a picture of her son on March 31, but she thought it was about her earlier missing person report. She told Block Club Chicago that the cops asked her to go to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify her son’s body: “I couldn’t even see him; they showed me a picture of my son Adam for just a couple of seconds.”
Elizabeth’s lawyer Adeena Weiss Ortiz said she wasn’t told by police how he died until she met with authorities later, noted CNN.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted on March 29 that an officer shot a “subject” during an “armed confrontation” and tweeted a photo of a gun that was reportedly found at the scene.
Officers observed two subjects in a nearby alley, one subject fled on foot which resulted in an armed confrontation. One subject shot and killed. 2nd subject in custody. Gun recovered on scene. COPA investigating. #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/bn7o2deAGS— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) March 29, 2021
On April 30, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the subject shot by police was a juvenile, but did not mention the boy’s age or his name. The police claimed the suspect was armed and fled from police with a second suspect.
Lakeidra Chavis, a Chicago-based reporter at the Trace, tweeted the missing facts that the Chicago police did not tell the public, but were discovered by journalists.
I’m curious how many city officials, and who among them, likely knew Chicago police shot and killed a child and waited days to send out public statements and calls for video release — only after reporters looked at the autopsy ledger and found out the boy’s age.— Lakeidra Chavis (@lakeidrachavis) April 2, 2021
The CPD comms team released a statement about the shooting after the incident and repeatedly identified Adam, the child, as an “offender.”— Lakeidra Chavis (@lakeidrachavis) April 2, 2021
Someone knew early on the person shot was actually a young teenager. That information was omitted while crafting a self-defense narrative. https://t.co/dIAYDNjviQ
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago said on April 1 that it was not going to release police body cam video of the shooting because Adam was a juvenile. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability reversed its position on April 2 and said it would publicly release the video within 60 days.
This sudden policy change came after Chicago Police Superintendent Brown called for release of the police body video.
We fully support the investigation being conducted by @ChicagoCOPA, and adamantly call for the release of any and all video, including body-worn camera footage, related to the incident, as permitted by laws pertaining to juveniles. pic.twitter.com/vJ3JuroITx— Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) April 1, 2021
Adam’s family confirmed on April 2 they will be able to view the police body camera video next week, reported WLS-TV.