Police in Chicago release harrowing footage of officer fatally shooting boy, 13

16 April 2021, 00:33 | Updated: 16 April 2021, 08:08

WARNING - video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing

By Will Taylor

Body camera video shows a police officer's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago.

The footage of Adam Toledo's death on March 29 was released by the body that investigates Chicago police shootings after the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, called for it to be shown.

Adam's family have viewed the recording, in which an officer chases the boy down an alley and yells at him to stop.

The teenager slows and the officer shouts for him to show his hands, at which point Adam turns to the camera.

The officer yells "drop it!" and opens fire midway repeating that command. The teenager appears to be holding his hands up, or trying to, when the gun is fired.

The officer radios for an ambulance after Adam drops to the ground and he implores the boy to "stay awake" as CPR is started.

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Protests over Adam Toledo's shooting broke out
Protests over Adam Toledo's shooting broke out. Picture: PA

Other officers can be heard saying "stay with me, buddy" and "come on, big guy".

Police had attended the scene because gun shots were detected in the Little Village neighbourhood in Chicago's West Side, and said a gun the boy was carrying was recovered.

A 21-year-old man fled on foot after being confronted.

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Activists seek answers over the shooting
Activists seek answers over the shooting. Picture: PA

The name of the officer, who was placed on administrative leave per department policy in police-involved shootings, has not been released.

The video's release by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which previously declined to release the footage because it showed a minor being shot, follows the traffic-stop shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer in Minneapolis.

There, the trial of Derek Chauvin, one of four officers charged with George Floyd's death, is approaching a conclusion.