On Thursday, 17 days following the death of Adam Toledo, the city of Chicago released video footage of a police officer who shot and killed the 13-year-old while he was holding his hands up. The body cam footage shows the teenager was not armed at the time of the shooting. Along with the initial video footage, there are 16 other bodycam videos, two audio recordings of 911 calls, an incident report, and a response report, and other documents regarding this fatal shooting.
As reported by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the officers were responding to a ShotSpotter report when they observed two males in a nearby alley in Little Village near 2300 South Sawyer, one of the males who was allegedly armed ran from the police and the other, which was Adam Toledo was confronted by an officer in the alley. According to the video footage released by the COPA, on March 29, around 2:36am, before running down the alley a police officer can be heard yelling at Adam saying “Police, stop. Stop right f***ing now.” As Adam was making a stop by the fence near a parking lot, the officer then yelled out “Hey show me your f***ing hands, drop it, drop it.”
With a flashlight beaming in his face, Adam turned around and raised his hands before he was immediately shot in the chest by the officer. Adam then falls to the ground covered in blood, and the officer calls the ambulance after reporting shots fired by the police. While the teenager was taking his last breath, the officer was heard asking Adam if he was alright and where was he shot. He was also heard saying “Stay with me” to the young victim. Another officer arrived begging the seventh grader to stay awake. After the shooting officer and other officers performed multiple chest compressions, the teenager was pronounced dead on the scene.
As reported by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the officers observed two males in a nearby alley in Little Village near 2300 South Sawyer, one of the males who was allegedly armed ran from the police and the other, which was Adam Toledo was confronted by an officer in the alley.
Adam’s family didn’t find out about his death until two days later because the police were unable to identify the teenager due to him not having identification.
The video release of Adam Toledo’s shooting comes days after 20-year-old Duane Wright was shot and killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.