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Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer

Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer”

A shaky, fast-moving video released in Chicago on Thursday shows a police officer chasing a boy down a dark alleyway, yelling at him to stop.

Prosecutors said that Ruben Roman, 21, is seen on video firing the weapon that brought police to the Little Village neighborhood, according to the Associated Press. As the boy raises his hands, he is shot by the officer, which causes him to drop to the ground.

Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Adam complied. He did not have a gun in his hand.

In the video, an officer gets out of his vehicle and begins chasing Adam down an alley. The officer shouts "Drop it" and fires his weapon - 19 seconds after exiting his squad auto. According to reports, the video shows that a firearm could briefly be seen in Toledo's right hand. "Drop it, drop it", an officer says before shooting Adam. While approaching the wounded teen, Stillman radios in for an ambulance. "Where you shot, man?" Where are you shot?

"Stay with me, stay with me" Stillman said.

Another officer rushes over with a medical kit and the two begin administering CPR.

John Catanzara told Chris Cuomo on CNN that an 'officer does not have to wait to be shot at or shot to respond and be able to defend himself'.

Another first responder on the scene later says, "Come on, little man, talk to me".

Small groups of protesters gathered at a police station and marched downtown Thursday night, but there were few signs of widespread demonstrations in the city.

Police said Toledo was armed with a handgun.

A protester holding a sign reading

In the police response report, officers listed Toledo as armed with a semiautomatic pistol that was "displayed, not used".

"Chicago, as well as way too many parts of our country, has a long legacy of police violence and police misconduct that have left far too many residents, especially those who are Black and brown, in a constant state of fear and pain", Lightfoot said.

The graphic video, from the body cam of the officer who fired the shot, was released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

Lightfoot and community leaders called on any demonstrators to protest peacefully following the video's release.

"We want to thank COPA for giving the Toledo family the opportunity to review body camera video and other evidence before its public release". Lightfoot said the city has been preparing for months for a verdict in the Chauvin trial and that it had activated a "neighborhood protection plan" ahead of Thursday's release.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave for 30 days as COPA investigates the shooting, a Chicago NBC affiliate reported.

Before the video and other investigation materials were posted on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability's website, Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference during which she urged the public to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until the independent board can complete its investigation.

In addition to posting the bodycam footage of the officer who shot Adam, the review board released footage from other bodycams, four third-party videos, two audio recordings of 911 calls and six audio recordings from ShotSpotter, which is the technology that alerted police to gunshots in the area and that led officers to respond.

"It's sad to say that they're boarding up windows, blocking off entrances to business once again in anticipation of more rioting and looting", she wrote.

She said that regardless of what object Adam had, the video showed that he complied with the officer's command and that there was nothing in his hands and his hands were up when he was fatally shot.

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