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Politics Lawyer for policeman who shot Adam Toledo: 'Disheartening' that no one's asked how the officer's doing

06:15  16 april  2021
06:15  16 april  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Family of 13-year-old killed by police wants to correct 'false mischaracterization'

  Family of 13-year-old killed by police wants to correct 'false mischaracterization' The attorney for the family of a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Chicago police last week said they "want to correct the hurtful and false mischaracterization." "This is simply not true," the attorney said in a statement Monday. "Adam was a loved and supported 13-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, his 90-year-old grandfather, and two of his siblings. His father was in his life. They all loved him very much. The Toledo family is a close-knit family. They look after each other. Adam attended Gary Elementary School where he had the support of his teachers and his classmates. Adam was not alone.

Chicago police have released graphic footage of an officer shooting dead a 13-year-old boy in a dark alley. Bodycam video shows the policeman shouting "Drop it" before shooting Adam Toledo once in the chest on 29 March. The boy does not appear to be holding a weapon in the split second he was shot , but police video shows a handgun near the spot where he fell. The city mayor appealed for calm before the release of the footage, as some businesses boarded up their windows. The incident follows the fatal police shooting on 11 April of Daunte Wright by an officer in a Minneapolis suburb.

Toledo was shot and killed by police on 29 March following a foot pursuit by officers . At the time of the shooting , Toledo was with Ruben Roman, 21, who has been charged with several felonies in connection to that night including child endangerment and reckless discharge of a firearm. The authorities had initially indicated that Toledo had a gun in his hand as he turned towards officers during the chase, after failing to obey commands to stop. But video released on Thursday showed Toledo stopping as the officer shouts after him, turning and putting his hands up, with no sign of any weapon.

a yellow sign with black text: Lawyer for policeman who shot Adam Toledo: 'Disheartening' that no one's asked how the officer's doing © Getty Images Lawyer for policeman who shot Adam Toledo: 'Disheartening' that no one's asked how the officer's doing

A lawyer for the police officer who shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo says that it's "disheartening" that no one has asked how the officer is doing.

The statement comes after Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released footage of Toledo's death, which occurred on March 29. A police report released along with the footage identified the officer as Eric Stillman.

Stillman's attorney said in a statement to The Daily Beast that no one asked how his client is doing, and that his client did the right thing since "prior attempts to deescalate and gain compliance with all of the officers [sic] lawful orders had failed."

‘We Failed Adam’: Chicago PD Releases Footage of Officer Shooting 13-Year-Old

  ‘We Failed Adam’: Chicago PD Releases Footage of Officer Shooting 13-Year-Old Chicago police have released body-camera footage showing an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy last month. The video of the killing of Adam Toledo, who was shot dead on March 29 in what police described as an “armed confrontation,” was released on Thursday afternoon, less than a week after the boy was laid to rest. Several videos were released Thursday afternoon by Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which include the body-cam footage, third-party video, and a slowed-down version of the events. It came as tensions were already at a boiling point following the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb.

Adam Toledo Shooting : Slow-Motion Video Of Second Before Teen Was Fatally ShotIt was literally one second. In that moment, Adam Toledo turned toward a pursuing Chicago Police officer , who shot him once in the chest. Elected Officials And Other Leaders Express Grief, Outrage Over Adam Toledo Police Shooting VideoReaction ranged from heartbreak to outrage among elected officials and caucuses late Thursday, following the release of video of the police shooting that killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo .

Adam Toledo was shot dead by Chicago officer during foot chase on March 29. Chicago' s police review board on Thursday released bodycam footage. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had called for the video' s release but urged people to keep calm and remain peaceful in an emotional press conference. Body camera footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy appears to show the teen had put his hands up right before the cop opened fire. A still frame taken from the jumpy nighttime footage indicates Adam Toledo wasn't holding anything and had his hands up, or

"What is amazing and disheartening is that very few have asked about the welfare of the officer," the attorney wrote, according to the news outlet. "Specifically there is very little interest in the wellbeing of the officer and the impact experienced by the officer who was required to use deadly force in the line of duty."

"The officer involved has served his country and his city with honor and deserves our support," the attorney said.

Footage released on Thursday shows Stillman chasing Toledo down an alley as Stillman yells "stop right f---ing now" before Toledo stops at a large gap in wooden fencing. Toledo then slowly turns around and shows both of his hands in a clear surrender.

The footage doesn't clearly show a gun in Toledo's hand, but the officer yells "drop it" twice before shooting Toledo once in the chest.

Whether Toledo had a gun in his hand was heavily debated until the footage was released Thursday.

A prosecutor made the claim during a court hearing last weekend for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Toledo when he was shot. However, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office later said the prosecutor didn't "fully inform" himself before speaking.

Foxx didn't view video of Adam Toledo's shooting in advance .
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County’s top prosecutor said Thursday she bears the responsibility for not viewing the footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting or reviewing the misleading description of his killing by Chicago police before it was read by prosecutors in court. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said during interviews with local media that she is responsible for anything that comes from the state’s attorney’s office, including the prosecution's inaccurate initial description of the incident that implied Toledo was holding a gun when he was fatally shot.

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