Video: Analysis of Adam Toledo Shooting By a Police Veteran
On March 29, a Chicago police officer shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo while responding to a report of “shots fired.”
On Thursday, police body-camera footage of the killing of Adam Toledo was released to the public. The video appears to show police engaging in a short foot pursuit of Toledo, who is holding what police claim was a handgun. The officer is heard yelling commands for Toledo to “show me your hands” and “drop it” before Toledo raises his empty hands in the air and is shot dead by the officer.
The report identifies the officer as Eric Stillman, 34, listing him as a victim in an aggravated assault of a law-enforcement officer. According to a tactical-response report that COPA released, Toledo was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, which was “displayed, not used” during the incident.
Tom Nolan, a law-enforcement expert who previously worked with the Boston Police Department, told Insider that listing the officer as the victim in the incident is “a long-used and hackneyed police trope” to recast the “focus of culpability and blame onto the actual victim of the police deadly-force incident, i.e., the person who the police killed.”
The goal of this video is to illustrate how video evidence of police use of force may be analyzed by those charged with evaluating the reasonableness of an officer’s behavior.