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An updated version of a bodycam was released on late April 15, recording the moment 13-year-old boy Adam Toledo was shot dead after tossing his handgun away.
Chicago Tribune released the extensive footage extracted from body-worn cameras, surveillance footage, gunfire detection data, and 911 recordings. The newest version confirms that Toledo was indeed armed with a handgun.
New York Post reviewed that Eric Stillman was the officer who gave Toledo the fatal shot.
This latest update has contrasted the previously erupted criticisms that the officer unjustly killed the boy who did not carry a firearm. Previously, the footage provided by officials on Thursday came out with less clarity, with the moment the boy abandoned his weapon blurred from viewers’ point.
Twitter was swarmed with viewers condemning that the boy complied with the order by putting his hands up, but the officer still attacked him unjustly.
The enhanced footage includes stops and paused moments, which fully demonstrates Toledo was holding a seemingly apparent gun in his right hand that he quickly tossed away before raising his hands with the officer and got shot. The events transpired swiftly under a second in real-time.
“Police, stop, stop right [expletive] now,” Officer Eric Stillman commanded as he was chasing the teenager down an alley. “Hands. Show me your [expletive] hands.”
“Drop it, drop it,” 34-year-old Stillman demanded the young suspect. In the footage, Toledo was shot as he turned around.
On March 29, due to an alert of gunshots by a local resident, the city officers arrived and noticed Toledo and another suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Ruben Roman, in a nearby alley. A foot-chase occurred as the boy attempted an escape observed as carrying a gun along. The chase ended as he was fatally shot.
— LockharTVMedia (@LockharTVMedia) April 15, 2021
Meanwhile, it appears that the content of the second footage was not enough to ease the public’s consent over the killing of the teenager. Attorney of Toledo’s family, Adeena Weiss Ortiz, firmly asserted soon later that “Those videos speak for themselves. Adam during the last second of his life did not have a gun in his hand.”
‘Those videos speak for themselves. Adam … did not have a gun in his hand,’ Adeena Weiss Ortiz, an attorney for the family of Adam Toledo, said following the release of bodycam footage showing police shooting and killing the 13-year-old in Chicago https://t.co/EIEXK49PR9 pic.twitter.com/8UVKUNG9x0
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 16, 2021
After the footage was viewed, Union Park saw a group of demonstrators gathered to protest on behalf of the deceased Toledo, chanting, “Why’d you kill a child?”
At a protest that started at Union Park, a group around 40-50 people walked toward the FOP Lodge. They’re chanting “Adam Toledo” and “Why’d you kill a child?” #ChicagoScanner #ChicagoProtests pic.twitter.com/wZeBFSeRXo
— Paige Fry (@paigexfry) April 16, 2021