Inconsistencies between new video of shooting of Adam Toledo and the police reports

Adam Toledo
Still from Chicago Police body camera footage from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability’s (COPA).

  • The police report about a Chicago police officer who killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo was released on Thursday.
  • The incident report claimed the teenager was an imminent threat who ignored commands.
  • Body cam footage shows that Toledo turned around and raised his hands before he was shot.
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Less than a second. That’s the time between when a Chicago police officer told Adam Toledo, 13, to “show me your f—ing hands,” and when that officer fatally shot the boy in his chest on March 29.

Police body-camera video of this event, the incident report, and the tactical response report were released to the public on Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, a police watchdog agency in Chicago.

The officer, 34-year-old Eric Stillman, stated in an incident report on the March 29 incident, that the suspect was a John Doe, listed as an adult, between the ages of 18 and 25.

According to NPR, another person apprehended at the scene, 21-year-old Ruben Roman, gave a false name for Toledo, delaying his identification; authorities later identified Toledo by finding him in missing persons reports.

Police accuse Roman of firing a gun at a passing car, blaming him for the events that then unfolded.

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Incident report Adam Toledo

But police also misstated events, Officer Stillman stating in a separate tactical response report that the deceased “did not follow verbal direction” – and that the officer faced an “imminent threat of battery with weapon” and said the subject “used force likely to cause death or great bodily arm.”

Incident report Adam Toledo
Incident report Adam Toledo

Those claims do not entirely match up with troubling footage, released on Thursday, from the body cam Officer Stillman was wearing.

Toledo in the video appears to have had a gun but dropped it before complying with the officer and raising his hands. The report lists the weapon as a “semi-auto pistol.”

An attorney for the family asserted during a press conference that Toledo complied with the officer’s request and was not holding a gun when he was shot.

The shooting occurred, police say, after officers responded to a “shots fired” call and reports of “two males in a nearby alley,” CNN reported.

Police initially claimed the shooting took place following an armed confrontation.

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