Chicago’s mayor and the family of a 13-year-old boy killed by police called for calm after the release of bodycam footage that shows him throwing his gun behind a fence and raising his hands before being shot.
“We understand that the release of this video will be incredibly painful and elicit an emotional response to all who view it, and we ask that people express themselves peacefully,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and lawyers for the family of Adam Toledo said in a joint statement on Thursday. They added that releasing the video is “the first step in the process toward the healing of the family, the community and our city.”
Police bodycam footage showed the split-second decision that an officer had to make before fatally shooting Toledo after a foot chase down a dark alley around 2:30 am on March 29.
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