Video: Chicago boy wasn't holding gun when shot by officer

DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT, Associated Press
Updated: April 16, 2021 11:51 AM
Created: April 15, 2021 02:57 PM

Bodycam video shows a 13-year-old boy appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before a Chicago police officer shoots and kills him.

The jumpy nighttime footage from Officer Eric Stillman's bodycam was released Thursday. A still frame from the footage shows that Adam Toledo wasn't holding anything and had his hands up when Stillman shot him in the chest on March 29.

Police say the boy had a handgun on him before the shooting. Stillman's bodycam footage shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo after he shot him.

Small groups of protesters gathered outside a police station and marched downtown Thursday night.

Shortly before the video's release, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the public to remain peaceful. Choking up at times, Lightfoot decried the city’s long history of police violence and misconduct, especially in black and brown communities, and said too many young people are left vulnerable to “systemic failures that we simply must fix.”

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