Authorities in Chicago released police body camera footage yesterday showing an officer shooting dead a 13-year-old Latino boy as the mayor of America's third-largest city appealed for calm over the "excruciating" video.
Separate CCTV footage appears to show the teenager throwing something through a gap in the fence as the officer runs up to him.
"Shots fired, shots fired".
In the video, an officer gets out of his vehicle and begins chasing Adam down an alley. 'I'm not feeling a heartbeat, ' the officer says. "Somebody bring the medical kit now!"
He later said the video clearly shows Toledo with a gun in his hand, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
"We acknowledge that the release of this video is the first step in the process toward the healing of the family, the community and our city", the joint statement read.
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The incident, along with Sunday's fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb and the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 death of George Floyd, has raised tensions in Chicago.
A still frame taken from the 3am footage indicates Adam Toledo, 13, wasn't holding anything and had his hands up when officer Eric Stillman, 34, shot him in the chest following a foot chase on March 29.
Police were dispatched just before 3 a.m. and saw two males: Adam Toledo and a 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman. He has been placed on administrative duty.
Release of the officer's body camera footage set off a fresh round of consternation over police conduct in Chicago, even as it stirred debate over what the images - grainy and graphic - actually showed. "Stop! Stop right f--ing now", the officer yells. Toledo, who police say had a gun, was shot once in the chest when confronted by officers.
About five minutes and 30 seconds into the video, the officer shines a flashlight on a handgun feet from where officers worked frantically to save Toledo's life, giving him CPR.
The Chicago Police Department has a long history of brutality and racism that has fomented mistrust among the city's many Black and Hispanic residents.
In video released Thursday, from a building security camera on the other side of a parking lot near where Toledo was shot, the teen makes an underhand toss motion in the direction of where the gun was found. "All I know is the officer is trained to not shoot an unarmed individual", she said.
Lightfoot would not comment on whether Toledo - who was laid to rest on Friday last week - was holding a gun when he was killed, despite saying repeatedly earlier in the week that he was. "All of those who lived with him adored this child".
"I've seen no evidence whatsoever that Adam Toledo shot at the police", Lightfoot said in a press conference April 15. The other man was arrested.
Before the video and other investigation materials were posted on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability's website, Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference during which she urged the public to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until the independent board can complete its investigation.
Several politicians at the state and national levels reacted swiftly to the video of the incident.