© Reuters. Adam Toledo, 13, raised his hand for a split second before being shot by the police
By Brendan O’Brien
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Chicagoans are scheduled to protest on Friday night to show solidarity with Adam Toledo’s family, a day after the city released a graphic video of a police shooting 13 year old boy died in a protest. alley two weeks ago.
9-minute video, captured by Eric Stillman’s body camera, shows the 34-year-old officer chasing and shooting Toledo on March 29 at 2:30 a.m. in Little Village, a working-class residential neighborhood Cave in the West Side of the city with a large population of Mexican Americans.
Toledo appears to be holding a handgun as he compiles with Stillman’s order to stop him. Toledo then dropped his weapon and raised his hand immediately before Stillman opened fire, the video shows.
The demonstrations, which will be held Logan Square Park, about five miles (8 kilometers) north where the shooting took place, has drawn interest from more than 2,000 people on Facebook (NASDAQ 🙂 as afternoon Friday.
“The Toledo family pleads with all who gather on Adam’s behalf to keep peace, respect and nonviolence and continue to work constructive and tirelessly for reform,” the Toledo family said in a statement. father on Friday.
The release of the video comes amid growing tensions in Chicago and across the country on racial equity and policy issues.
“We need to end the cycle of violence that exists in our community. We do not respond with violence or destroy property,” said Ward 12 Independent Political Organization, one of the organizers. demonstration, said in a statement.
In the latest shooting involving black people, a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb shot and killed a black man while stopping, and is now facing charges. second level manslaughter. On Thursday, the defense was filed in court in Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis officer charged with the murder in the death of George Floyd, whose death last year triggered a wave of protests. nationwide.
The Chicago Police Department said in a statement that it is closely monitoring events across the country and deploying additional resources across the city including downtown. The ministry said it has also canceled the holidays for police officers in some units and teams.
Businesses across the city opened their windows for the past week in anticipation of possible riot and looting after the video’s release. The city saw looting and riots spread in the days and weeks following Floyd’s death in May of last year.
Stillman, a five-year veteran of the force, is on administrative duty, awaiting investigation of the incident. His lawyer did not comment on Friday.
John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Brothers Order Police Association, told CNN Thursday night Stillman had only 8 tenths of a second to make a decision to fire or not and his actions were justified.
“The officer’s actions were really heroic,” he said.
Protesters on Thursday blocked traffic and staged the majority of peaceful protests in downtown Chicago. Images on social media showed that they had met officers wearing helmets.
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