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Newly Released Video Captures the Final Moments of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo's Life

Bettina Dizon
Apr 16, 2021
05:50 P.M.
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A short video taken from an officer's body camera showed footage of Adam Toledo running away from a cop with an alleged gun in his hand.

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Another death at the hands of a police officer recently happened in Chicago. The incident brought demonstrators together to protest justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who ran from an officer with an alleged gun in his hand during the attack.

Around 2:30 am on March 29, a police officer responded to multiple gunshots fired in Little Village. After seeing Toledo with a gun in hand, the cop chased him down the alley while yelling at him to stop.

Police officers in a crime scene blocked by tape. | Source: Getty Images

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Footage from the officer's bodycam footage was recently shared with the public and showed a few seconds before Toledo's death. Toledo ran away before quickly stopping and turning to the officer near a fence with his hands raised, as seen in the clip.

The teen's movement was so fast that the footage had to be slowed down and thoroughly reviewed. However, it appeared that Toledo's hands were empty when he made the abrupt turn, which may have prompted the gunshot.

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The teen's gun was later discovered behind the fence where the chase ended and close to his body. Investigations also found that Toledo's hands and gloves had gun powder residue.

The minor's family is heartbroken over the loss of their child.

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The video also showed that the officer immediately called for an ambulance after firing the shot and attempted to save the boy by sealing his wounded chest and trying to perform CPR. The cop's lawyer said it was a tragic incident, but the fact remains that the juvenile was running with a gun.

"[He was] given verbal direction, told to drop and stop and to adhere to the police officer's valid, lawful orders," she added. "The juvenile begins to turn. At that point, [the officer] has no cover, no concealment, he's left with no other option."

A police car driving down the street. | Source: Getty Images

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The attorney revealed that the officer feels terrible about using a weapon while carrying out his duties, despite being within his justification. Toledo was pronounced dead at the scene when responders arrived.

Authorities initially kept the footage and other materials away from public viewing as requested by Toledo's grieving family, according to Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

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The minor's family is heartbroken over the loss of their child but showed gratitude to authorities who helped them go over the clip before being shared with the public as evidence.

A 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman, was with Toledo moments before the incident and reportedly fired gunshots that the police heard. He is being charged with reckless discharge of a firearm which resulted in the teen's death.

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