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US 'We will not stop until there is justice': Over a thousand in Chicago gather to remember Adam Toledo, boy killed in police shooting

05:15  17 april  2021
05:15  17 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, an independent agency that investigates police shootings in Chicago , released the videos on Thursday after initial resistance to making them public, citing Adam ’s age. The Chicago Police Department had no comment on the video aside from redistributing its news release about the shooting from April 1, which called the loss of life “tragic” and said the department would cooperate with COPA, which is investigating the use of force. A lawyer for Officer Stillman, who is white, said that the shooting , while tragic, was justified given the nature of the threat.

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. During the press conference, the mayor spoke on a number of issues related to Toledo ’s death, including fractured trust between Chicago ’s marginalized communities and police officers, the importance of investing in Chicago ’s youth through social programs, and implementing meaningful gun reform to prevent more

CHICAGO — Over 1,000 protesters gathered in a municipal park Friday evening in protest and remembrance of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, whose death from a police bullet has sparked a city-wide look at use of force policies and the way officers respond to neighborhood crime.

Spilling onto surrounding streets, some clogged with cars, volunteers passed out homemade masks to protesters. "Justice for Adam Toledo" signs with an illustration of Adam against a backdrop of clouds were posted in windows of several small businesses in the area. Clusters of police on bikes surrounded the outskirts of the protest.

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Adam Toledo was shot dead by a Chicago cop during a foot chase on March 29. Chicago 's police review board on Thursday released the 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. Protests erupted in Chicago after police bodycam video of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy showed the teen appearing to drop a handgun and raising his hands right before the cop opened fire. A still frame taken from the 3am footage indicates Adam Toledo , 13, wasn't holding

CHICAGO (CBS) — Protesters gathered downtown Thursday evening following the release of videos showing Chicago Police shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo . Video from Chopper 2 showed a small number of protesters forming a circle in the middle of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. The group then began marching north over the Michigan Avenue Bridge on the sidewalk.

Outcry is growing after a watchdog agency released disturbing video Thursday of a Chicago police officer shooting Adam, who appeared to have his hands up, casting doubt on prior accounts from police and city officials who initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation."

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Sandra Nevarez, the mother of Marc Anthony Nevarez, who says her son was killed by Chicago police Oct. 23 last year, spoke at the protest.

“There’s no reason why a mother should be burying her kid,” she said, adding, “There’s should be no reason why I’m going to the cemetery every day. No reason why I don’t have grandkids.”

Roxana Figueroa, the cousin of Anthony Alvarez, 22, fatally shot by Chicago police in a foot chase two days after Adam was killed, said seeing the videos gave her family the strength to demand transparency in their case, too.

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Adam Toledo was carrying a handgun when he fled from cops – and footage of his death was released on ThursdayCredit: Toledo Family. Body cam footage, CCTV video, Office of Emergency Management and Communications transmissions, ShotSpotter recordings, and Case Incident Tactical Response were all The police report said Officer Eric Stillman shot Adam 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 one nine-minute graphic body cam clip, a cop drives to the scene, where he

The Chicago police officer who shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo has been identified as a decorated five-year veteran who had never used deadly force prior to the boy 's shooting and had no history of disciplinary issues. The Chicago Police Department typically doesn't release the names of Graphic body camera video was also released, showing Toledo being fatally shot in the chest by the 34-year-old officer during a foot chase on March 29. In the video, which sparked protests in Chicago overnight, Toledo appears to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before

a group of people walking down a street next to a sign: A protester in Chicago holds up a drawing showing solidarity and support for Adam Toledo, 13, who died after being shot by police in an alley. A police bodycam video shows Adam had his hands up when he was shot. © Grace Hauck, USA TODAY A protester in Chicago holds up a drawing showing solidarity and support for Adam Toledo, 13, who died after being shot by police in an alley. A police bodycam video shows Adam had his hands up when he was shot.

“When I saw the video, it gave our family hella strength to show up today,” she said, flanked by seven other family members. Three young kids with the family held signs with pictures of them and Anthony.

The demonstration in Logan Square Park was organized by several community organizations, including Únete La Villita, GoodKids MadCity and Chicago Freedom School.

Several hundred people — including families and young children — marched from Logan Square Park to a nearby intersection, chanting “say his name, Adam Toledo.”

The crowd took a knee at the intersection and heard from several youth speakers, who called for the abolition of the Chicago Police Department, then observed three minutes of silence — one for each of three people fatally shot by Chicago police, including Adam Toledo — as helicopters hovered above.

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CHICAGO — Graphic videos released Thursday shows a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo as he raised his hands in a Little Village alley late last month. The footage comes from body cameras worn by police when Officer Eric Stillman fatally shot Toledo the The group, which collects and publishes information about police misconduct in Chicago , earlier said there were no complaints against Stillman but later clarified its database had not been updated. COPA initially said it would not release videos of the shooting due to Toledo ’s age — but, amid mounting pressure

Adam was shot and killed by police on 29 March following a foot pursuit by officers. At the time of the shooting , he 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. Lightfoot did not talk at the press conference about previous reports about Adam holding a gun, as prosecutors charging Roman have alleged . The mayor did confirm that there was “no evidence whatsoever that Adam Toledo shot at the police ”. The Toledo family, who viewed the video on Tuesday, originally asked for

"Adam we love you. We will not stop until there is justice for you," the protesters chanted. "We will fight for justice."

Anthony Claypool, 43, brought his two five-year-old sons along with him. One of them sat on his shoulders and carried a sign that read "Protect kids! Stop violence!" The other, holding Claypool's hand, carried a sign with the words "Stop police from hurting people!!!" Claypool said they made the signs themselves but speaking to his young children about the shooting of Adam Toledo wasn't easy.

"We just told them that it was an injustice and that Adam was hurt really badly. We didn't go into the finality of it," he said. "It's important for us to show our children the reality of the injustice in the world. I want my kids to help promote justice."

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Protesters gather in Chicago to remember Adam Toledo, who died from a police bullet. © Grace Hauck Protesters gather in Chicago to remember Adam Toledo, who died from a police bullet.

As a father, Claypool said seeing such a young child killed by police was "heartbreaking."

"I don't have any words," he said. "All I can say is thst we need to do everything we can to promote justice and peace for communities of color."

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Among the crowd, "Justice for Adam" signs were pinned on backpacks and the backs of bicycles. Posters of Adam's face alongside the words "Adam Toledo murdered by CPD" were posted on trees and telephone poles. Some held prayer candles with the phrase "Adam RIP." Children nearby clutched their parents' hands and blew bubbles.

Maria Valle Coto, 27,  sprawled on the pavement beside her friend, helping her paint "Justicia Para Adam" in red on a poster. Coto lives in Pilsen, not far from where Adam was killed.

"It makes me scared that this could happen to me or someone I love," she said. "I don't feel safe anymore. Black and brown people live in fear."

Coto said justice for her is systemic because "police violence is institutional." She said justice means defunding the police and funneling its resources into community organizations. She said she hopes people don't stop with just protest.

"We're quick to move onto the next tragedy," she said. "I hope that doesn't happen this time. I hope there's change. I hope we invest in our communities."

Three hours into the protest in 39-degree weather, more than a thousand people were still marching, some putting on gloves and others holding candles.

As the group passed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block, a line of police officers blocked the street, and some chanted expletives toward Lightfoot’s house as others marched west and then south.

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Laura Machedo, 25, held a sign with the words "they were all of our sons." She said it refers to all victims of police violence who were "stolen from their communities."

"Enough is enough," she said. "Everyday there's something new that happened. Im tired."

a bottle of wine on a table: The scene at 24th and S. Sawyer in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood Thursday April 15, 2021, where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot by a Chicago officer in March. © Jessica Koscielniak, USA TODAY The scene at 24th and S. Sawyer in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood Thursday April 15, 2021, where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot by a Chicago officer in March.

Machedo's parents live on the same block that Adam did, she said, and the shooting "hit close to home." Most of all, she said she was angry at allegations that Adam was holding a gun when he was shot when footage of the shooting suggested otherwise.

"They lied," she said. "It's proof we need to blame the system, not Adam, not his mother, not his community."

Virginia Rounds, 45, walked through the crowd, reading signs to her young daughter who couldn't read yet.

"She's full of questions," Rounds said.

"It's really important for my children to have their eyes open to what is going on," she said. "Black and brown children don't get to close their eyes to this injustice, so my white children shouldn't either."

Rounds said she also advocates for defunding the police.

"This system is set up to protect the bad apples, to embrace the bad apples," she said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'We will not stop until there is justice': Over a thousand in Chicago gather to remember Adam Toledo, boy killed in police shooting

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