Adam Toledo Wiki – Adam Toledo Biography
Adam Toledo is a boy wh dead in a shooting. The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released graphic and disturbing police bodycam videos showing the shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. You can watch the main video below and get a link to all of the released documents and videos.
The release comes after a prosecutor who said Toledo had a gun in his hand when the shot was admittedly “not fully informed,” according to WGN-TV. The videos appear to show Toledo dropping a gun and raising his hands when he was shot. Police said previously that they recovered a 9MM Ruger along a fence near the shooting, and they released a photo of it.
The videos are somewhat at a distance and it all happens quickly, but others also believe that Toledo had just dropped the weapon when shot. The Chicago Tribune’s Jason Meisner also wrote of a second video in the release batch: “Surveillance video released today appears to show Adam Toledo toss a gun (later recovered) beside a fence and turn toward the officer as he gets shot. It all happens in a second.”
A 13-year-old boy appears to have dropped a gun and raised his hands just before a Chicago Police officer fatally shot him,” Fox40 reported.
Adam Toledo Age
Adam Toledo was 13 years old.
The shooting occurred in March 2021, in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.
The Adam Toledo video is horrifying. The kid didn’t have a gun in his hand. And the state lied about it right up until they were forced to release the video.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) April 15, 2021
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference in advance of the video release to plead for calm. “Look, I don’t want to get into the real substance of this because the independent investigation is going on, but I’ve seen no evidence whatsoever that Adam Toledo shot at the police,” Lightfoot said in the news conference. She called the videos “incredibly difficult to watch.”
You can watch all of the videos here and obtain investigative case reports at the website as well. The caption with the released videos and documents says, “This post includes all relevant video, audio and Chicago Police Department records in COPA’s possession that are required to be released related to use of force in this fatal officer-involved shooting and the events immediately following it.” Be forewarned that the videos are extremely graphic.
The first video, which you can watch above, shows the officer shooting Toledo about 2 minutes in. It’s titled, BWC 1 | Shooting Officer. The officer yells, “Hey show me your f***ing hands, drop it.”
This surveillance video shows the shooting from a farther distance. Outrage spread quickly on Twitter in some corners, but others pointed out the split-second between Toledo appearing to have the gun and then his hands being empty.
Toledo’s family issued a joint statement with the mayor asking people to respond peacefully to the videos’ release. “Yesterday, the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, Celia Meza, met with Adeena Weiss Ortiz and Joel Hirschhorn, legal representatives for the Toledo family,” the statement read. “Based on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability’s announcement that it will be releasing the videos, both parties agree that all material should be released, including a slowed-down compilation of the events of March 29 that resulted in the tragic death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.”
A Prosecutor Initially Said Toledo Had a Gun in His Hand
According to WGN-TV, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy made the comment about the gun in a proffer presented during a bond hearing for a 21-year-old man who was with Toledo the night he was shot.“The officer tells [Toledo] to drop it as [Toledo] turns towards the officer. [Toledo] has a gun in his right hand,” he wrote.
WGN sought more information and is now reporting that the state’s attorney’s office “says the detail about Adam having a gun in his hand the moment he was shot was inaccurate.”
COPA wrote in a news release that the videos were the same as those reviewed by Toledo’s family.