HARROWING footage showing the moment a 13-year-old boy was gunned down in Chicago proves the teen did have a gun, cops have claimed.
The horrific bodycam footage documenting the final moments of teen Adam Toledo shows him being shot with his hands in the air by a cop.
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But cops said Toledo had a handgun on him before the fatal shooting.
And Officer Eric Stillman’s bodycam footage shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo after he shot him.
The teen appeared to throw a handgun behind a fence and raise his hands right before the cop opened fire.
On Thursday, the Toledo family’s lawyer said: “It could be a gun, I’m not going to deny that but it’s not relevant, because if he had a gun, he tossed it.”
The disturbing video shows the Chicago officer fatally shooting the teen in an alley at around 2.30am on March 29 as he ran from police while allegedly carrying a handgun, alongside Ruben Roman, 21.
The police report said Stillman shot Toledo for allegedly not following directions, running, using significant force likely to “cause death or great bodily harm” and being armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
In a nine-minute graphic bodycam clip, a cop drives to the scene, where he knocks over one man they’re pursuing and chases another, later identified as Toledo.
“Stop right f***ing now – show me your f***ing hands!” the cop shouts, after officers responded to reports of at least nine gunshots and a “lot of commotion” in the South Sawyer area, per 911 dispatcher audio.
Toledo, wearing a white hat and carrying something, can be seen running ahead and ducking towards a gap in the fence before turning towards the cop and raising his empty hands as gunshots ring out.
“Shots fired, shots fired – get an ambulance over here now!” the cop can be heard saying before approaching the boy, who is bleeding profusely. “Look at me – where are you shot?”
After calling for help and confirming they had a gunshot victim shot “by the police,” the officer said: “Where are you shot man, where are you shot? Stay with me, stay with me.”
The Toledo family’s attorney, Adeena Weiss Ortiz, told reporters the teen did not have gun in his hand when he was shot, but noted that they didn’t want to incite violence during a press conference last night.
The footage comes at a sensitive time with the ongoing trial in Minneapolis of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd and the recent police killing of Daunte Wright in one of the city’s suburbs.
Before the Civilian Office of Police Accountability posted the material on its website, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the public to keep the peace and some businesses boarded up their windows ahead of expected unrest.
‘OUTRAGE AND PAIN’
Groups of protesters gathered at a police station and marched downtown on Thursday night – but there were few signs of widespread demonstrations in the city.
Lightfoot and community leaders held a briefing before authorities released the video, which was already viewed by Adam’s family.
The mayor became emotional as she called for better gun control and described the video as “excruciating” to watch.
“We live in a city that is traumatized by a long history of police violence and misconduct,” Lightfoot said.
“So while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.
“It is even clearer that trust between our community and law enforcement is far from healed and remains badly broken.”
Lightfoot was visibly upset when she told reporters said the city was “awash” with illegal guns and said people who put firearms in the hands of children like Toledo must be held accountable.
The unsettling footage shows Toledo gasping for air and the officer leaning over him, repeatedly asks the dispatcher to send an ambulance for a “chest wound” as he frantically tries to administer first aid.
When other officers arrive on the scene, the cop can be heard saying that he could not feel a heartbeat before they perform CPR.
“Come on, little man, talk to me,” another officer pleads as Toledo lies on the ground – minutes later, the sound of an ambulance rings out and towards the end of the clip, the first officer who shot him sits nearby.
In another bodycam video, a female police officer talks to the second man they were pursuing – later identified as Roman – who is on the ground, and tells him: “Put your hands behind your back.”
“Let me see your f***ing hands,” she tells him. “Dude, let me see your hands. You don’t have anything else on you?”
She tells another officer they were pursuing “those two” in an apparent reference to Adam and his companion, noting the cuffed suspect dropped red gloves – which later tested positive for gunshot residue.
She runs over to where Adam has been shot and officers are attempting to revive him.
Moments later, she and another officer, locate a gun nearby a gap in the fence where Adam was standing.
As the officer walks away from Adam’s body, the female cop appears to touch his arm as sirens ring out and he sits, bowing his head.
Through Ortiz, Toledo’s family said seeing the video was “extremely difficult and heartbreaking for everyone present”.
But the mayor’s office and the family’s lawyer previously said they “agreed that all material should be released, including a slowed-down compilation of the events” of the teen’s death in a joint statement.
‘HE WAS SHOT UNARMED’
Ortiz said if the footage is slowed down, whatever Adam had in his hand was dropped in-keeping with the officer’s demands – therefore, even if he was holding it, it was irrelevant because he tossed it.
“I don’t think it matters whether Adam is a choir boy, whether he is involved in some other untoward activity — the fact of the matter is that he was walking in the street and he was shot unarmed,” she said.
A Chicago Times op-ed described Adam as an isolated teen who was classified as a special education student early on, which separated him from everyone else at school and made him vulnerable.
It reported that teachers at Mariano Azuela Elementary School flagged a change in his behavior over the past couple of years, when he wore an earring to school, shaved his eyebrow, and cut a gun out of a piece of paper.
“A lot of people failed him. A lack of socialization around other students is going to lead to something bad,” one educator told photojournalist Mateo Zapata.
“The easy way out was hanging out with people that he thought cared about him.”
Roman, who was with Adam, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and child endangerment.
The 21-year-old allegedly fired shots before police gave chase and cuffed him, while another cop told Toledo to stop and “drop” the gun he was holding, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy.