The bodycam footage of Chicago police officer Eric Stillman, showing him chasing young Adam Toledo down a dark alleyway, reveals that Toledo did not have a weapon in his hands when he was fatally shot.
Police were responding to reports of gunfire in the early hours of March 29 when they saw two people in an alley and started to chase them. Police first apprehended Ruben Roman, 21, who allegedly fired the original shots. While another officer arrested Roman, Stillman continued to chase after the second person, who was 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Stillman, 34, chased Toledo for a few seconds before Toledo stopped. Stillman then yells, “Hey show me your f—ing hands, drop it, drop it.” Toledo had an object in his hand, which is believed to be a gun, dropped it and raised his empty hands while facing the officer. As he is raising his hands, he is shot once in the chest. He died at the scene.
Toledo was a seventh-grader at Gary Elementary School and lived in the predominantly Latino Little Village neighborhood.
“He tossed the gun,” said Adeena Weiss Ortiz, a lawyer representing the Toledo family. “If he had a gun, he tossed it. The officer said, ‘Show me your hands.’ He complied. He turned around.”
After firing the shot, Officer Stillman can be heard saying, “stay with me” more than once as he searches for the wound, calls for an ambulance, and administers CPR with the help of another officer.
Stillman’s footage later shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near where Toledo had been standing.
Roman, the 21-year-old who was with Toledo, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest. He was later charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, illegal use of a weapon by a felon, and child endangerment. He is being held on $150,000 bond.
Stillman has not faced charges. Whether he will or not is decided by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, which will decide after they receive the accountability board’s completed investigation report.