Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Image shows shot boy’s hands empty


CHICAGO — A 13-year-old Chicago boy appears to have dropped a handgun and begun raising his hands less than a second before a police officer shot and killed him last month, footage released Thursday shows.

A still frame taken from officer Eric Stillman’s jumpy nighttime body camera footage shows that Adam Toledo wasn’t holding anything and had his hands at least partially up when Stillman shot him in the chest around 3 a.m. on March 29. Police, who were responding to reports of gunfire say the teen had a handgun on him before the shooting. And Stillman’s footage shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near the boy after he shot him.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who along with the police superinten­dent called on the Civilian Office of Police Accountabi­lity to release the video, urged the public to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until the police accountabi­lity board can complete its investigat­ion.

In addition to posting Stillman’s body-camera footage, the review board released footage from other body cameras, four third-party videos, two audio recordings of 911 calls, and six audio recordings from ShotSpotte­r, the technology that alerted police to gunshots in that area of Little Village.

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