Chicago authorities released a video on Thursday of a police officer shooting a 13-year-old boy. These are “unbearable” images, says the mayor of the third-largest city in the United States.
The cop’s bodycam footage shows him chasing Adam Toledo on March 29, ordering him to stop and showing his hands. He shoots him around 2:30 am, just as the teenager has stopped and put his hands in the air. Moments later, he dies of his injuries. The prosecution says Adam Toledo was armed, but the video shows no weapon in his hands.
At a press conference on Thursday, before the images were released, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the images “unbearable” and called on residents to remain calm at a time when tensions over police brutality are already running high in the country.
In the middle of the trial of the white police officer charged with the death of 40-year-old black George Floyd in May last year, a young black man, Daunte Wright, was shot dead in Minneapolis by a policewoman. He claimed she accidentally used her service weapon instead of her taser.
“Whether Adam was a choirboy or involved in some improper activity, the fact is that he walked down the street and was shot even though he was not armed,” said Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, the lawyer of the Toledo family, to reporters.