Family Of Adam Toledo Reviews Police Body Camera Video Of Teen’s Fatal Shooting
It remains unclear when that video will be released to the public.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of Adam Toledo, the 13-year-old fatally shot by a Chicago police officer, on Tuesday viewed the body camera footage of what authorities have said was an armed encounter in an alley.
As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported, the Toledo family arrived at the offices of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, 1615 W. Chicago Ave., late Tuesday afternoon with their attorney. They did not make stop to make any kind of comment.
The attorneys representing the family have said they will issue a statement after watching.
The Toledo family’s attorney, Adeena Weiss Ortiz, told CBS 2’s Molina they had been waiting on COPA, the agency that independently reviews police shootings, to gather extra materials for them to review with the video Tuesday.
It remains unclear when that video will be released to the public, but a police source told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot it could be as soon as later Tuesday night.
At a bond hearing Saturday for the man who was with Adam Toledo, prosecutors said Adam had a gun in his hand when an officer shot and killed him.
Prosecutors said while defendant Ruben Roman was the one to fire the gun, Adam was holding it when he was shot and killed by police at a point when Roman was already being detained.
Roman, 21, was arrested shortly before noon Friday in the 1600 block of South 18th Avenue in Maywood, Illinois, in relation to a probation violation warrant. He is charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm, felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and felony endangerment of a child.
In a proffer, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said Roman was walking south on Sawyer Avenue toward 24th Street in Little Village at 2:36 a.m. Monday, March 29. Roman was wearing a gold Carhartt jacket and a gold shirt and dark pants, while Adam was wearing a navy blue hoodie, dark pants, and a white hat – and they could easily be told apart, prosecutors said.
Video from Farragut Career Academy High School showed Roman and Adam walking together, while a vehicle was seen heading down the street away from where they were. The video appears to show Ruben walk up to the corner and take a shooting stance, while Adam first starts to move back in the direction from which they came and then moves back toward Roman as Roman fires shots, prosecutors said.
Adam was next to Roman for a portion of time that Roman was firing shots, after which point Roman ran back the way they came – followed close behind by Adam, prosecutors said. A ShotSpotter alert recorded eight shots being fired, and a total of seven shell casings were found at the scene where Roman was shooting, prosecutors said.
After the shots were fired, Roman and Adam began running north on Sawyer Avenue and cut into a gangway at 2324 S. Sawyer Ave., prosecutors said. Two uniformed Chicago Police officers pulled up less than a minute after the shots were fired as Ruben and Adam fled in the alley, prosecutors said.
Both officers got out of their squad car and chased the pair down the alley, prosecutors said. Roman was taken to the ground first and one of the officers detained him as he dropped a pair of red gloves on the ground, prosecutors said. This was captured by the officer’s body camera, prosecutors said.
The gloves later tested positive for gunshot residue, prosecutors said.
As Roman was being detained, the other officer kept chasing Adam down the alley and told him to stop, but he kept running, prosecutors said. Adam then stopped near a break in a wooden fence, and the officer ordered Adam to show his hands, prosecutors said.
At that point, Adam was standing with his left side toward the officer, and had his right hand at his right side, prosecutors said. Adam turned toward the officer, and it turned out he had a gun in his right hand, prosecutors said. The officer ordered him to drop the gun, prosecutors said.
When he did not, the officer shot Adam once in the chest, prosecutors said. The officer gave Adam CPR afterward, but Adam did not survive.
The gun that Adam was holding landed a few feet away against the fence, prosecutors said.
Adam was pronounced dead at the scene. His right hand also tested positive for gunshot residue, and the Ruger 9mm was recovered against the fence, prosecutors said.
The fired shell casings from the scene matched up to the Ruger 9mm, prosecutors said.
Meanwhile, Roman was placed into custody and questioned about the incident and prosecutors said he gave a fake name for Adam – something that police Supt. David Brown previously blamed for holding up the investigation. Roman also claimed he did shoot and did not know anything about what happened because he was just in the alley waiting for a train, prosecutors said.
He never explained about what train would have stopped in the alley, which does not have any train tracks in it, prosecutors said.
Roman was interviewed again a short time later and this time denied knowing whom he was with at the time of the incident. He was initially charged with misdemeanor resisting and given a $1,500 I-bond.
The investigation continued, and police ran the prints of the name Roman initially gave for Adam – figuring out it was fake, prosecutors said.
Roman has a prior felony record for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and is on probation out of Skokie. He failed to appear in court in Skokie this past Wednesday, prompting a no-bail arrest warrant that led to his arrest at his mother’s house on Friday, prosecutors said.
He was hiding in a closet and had shaved his head when police came to arrest him, prosecutors said.
Bond for Roman was set Saturday at $150,000 with electronic monitoring.
It is unclear yet when body camera footage of the shooting will be made public, as CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, Adam’s family will get the chance to watch the video.
Police never mentioned the person they shot was 13 years old. Instead, that information was released three days later by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to know who gave the teenager a gun.
The funeral for Adam was held last Friday. Protests have erupted from the public demanding transparency.