Chicago- New body camera footage of a police officer shooting a 13-year-old Adam Toledo was released today. The scene shows the officer giving Toledo chase and telling him to show his “fucking hands” before delivering a deadly shot to his chest.
The confrontation between the officer and the teenager occurred on March 29th of this year. In graphic detail Toledo can be viewed falling towards the pavement after the gunshot pierced him. His heartbreaking last moments were covered in his own blood and gasping for oxygen.
Toledo’s hands were raised in compliance before he was shot.
“Stay with me, stay with me,” another officer told Toledo as he called for paramedics. Tragically Toledo was pronounced dead at the scene.
The teenager’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo, reported her son missing a week before the fatal shooting. And in another negligent move, authorities failed to identify Adam after the incident because he did not have identification on him.
Adam’s family did not find out about his death until March 31st. According to Elizabeth, one of his “dreams was to become a police officer,” in the cruelest twist of irony.
His death has naturally spurred protests throughout the city. In the wake of a wave of police killings, Adam’s shooting did not go unnoticed.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Toledo’s family’s attorneys released a joint statement before releasing the footage of Adam’s death:
“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 reads. “We understand that the release of this video will be incredibly painful and elicit an emotional response to all who view it, and we ask that people express themselves peacefully.”
"Simply put we failed Adam. And we cannot afford to fail one more young person in our city…we have too many damn guns on our streets," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a press conference on the police shooting of Adam Toledo. pic.twitter.com/bvAsYTkAmQ
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 15, 2021