Video of Adam Toledo's Shooting Will Not Be Immediately Released As His Family Is Still Grieving
The video captured by a body camera of the moment Adam Toledo was killed temporarily remains unreleased as the 13-year-old's family mourns the tragic loss.
Police authorities say they have shared the video of the moment 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer with his family but will not be releasing it to the public.
Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability, in a statement shared on their Facebook page, said that the video and other materials would be withheld from the public at the request of the victim's family as they continue to mourn.
Toledo's family described their loss as heartbreaking and difficult but thanked authorities for helping them review the clip before it found its way to the public.
Despite not releasing the video immediately, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it would follow laid-out protocols requiring that such videos be released within 60 days of the incident.
Authorities have said that investigations are ongoing and are in early stages as witnesses, including civilians and law enforcement officers, continue to be interviewed.
Officials noted that they have also obtained police reports, ShotSpotter, OEMC transmission, 911 call, audio recordings, and other relevant evidence, which they believe will be vital in getting the truth.
Roman was reported to have fired the shots that triggered the bloody event.
Various activists and groups have issued cries for the video of the incident, which was captured by a police body camera, to be released.
Baltazar Enriquez, president of the Little Village Community Council, said they have been demanding for the footage to be released for over two weeks. He acknowledged that it would be a difficult clip to watch.
BREAKING: Adam Toledo’s family has asked the city to delay the public release of video showing a cop killing the 13-year-old, a police oversight agency says.— Block Club Chicago (@BlockClubCHI) April 14, 2021
The family saw the video tonight. https://t.co/kGJCfPFRY2
Attorneys for the Toledo family issued a statement where they thanked community members for staying calm and peaceful throughout the incident, noting that violence will not be a good way to honor the deceased.
The 13-year-old Toledo was shot and killed on March 29 in what police officials described as an armed confrontation which was said to have taken place in Little Village.
Prosecutors alleged 13-year-old Adam Toledo had a gun when he was fatally shot by police last month in Chicago. The city is preparing for the release of what the Civilian Office of Police Accountability has called "troubling video footage" of the shooting. https://t.co/lm2KBLws4X— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 12, 2021
The teenager was allegedly shot in the chest, and his death drew widespread criticism from the public alongside some protests. His mother was notified of his death two days after the incident.
Authorities revealed that the 13-year-old held a gun when he was killed and was found alongside a 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who is in custody. Roman was reported to have fired the shots that triggered the bloody event.
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