Adam Toledo: What the footage tells us about Chicago Police taking pictures of 13-year-old boy | US Information


It is difficult to give a definitive answer as to whether or not there is a weapon in Adam’s hand in the moments before the shot.

His right hand is only visible for milliseconds.

The footage from the body camera wobbles due to the officer’s movement and is of low resolution.

And the light in the alley and from the policeman’s torch creates unusual shadows.

In one of the police fodder we see the gun that Adam was carrying according to the police.

The footage is too blurry to compare the shapes exactly, but it’s possible to see the gun have the same lighter color tip.

We can also see that his right hand – or an object in his hand – is dark compared to his left hand.

Although this might confirm that he is holding the gun at this point, we see other moments in the video where the light creates the same effect on his visibly empty left hand.

In this context his hand is clear

In this context his hand is clear

In this picture, exactly one picture before the one above, his hand appears much darker due to the light

In this picture, exactly one picture before the one above, his hand appears much darker due to the light

What can be clearly seen in the footage is that if Adam raises his hands the moment the gun is fired, his hands will be empty.

Toledo moments before he is shot

Toledo moments before he is shot

In the next second Adam will be shot.

What do other feeds tell us about the moments before and during filming?

A camera at Farragut Career Academy’s Lawndale Christian Health Center captures the other side of the fence from which Adam was shot.

This footage was intended to show how his right arm moves in the moments when it is not visible in the camera or Officer Stillman’s eye line.

In the version edited by the police, the footage zooms in and seems to show Adam’s right arm moving behind the fence. Later we see the police point a gun on the ground behind the same fence.

When we broken this down by frame, Adam’s arm didn’t go far enough to see that despite the contrast of his dark sweater against the light brown fence, he was clearly moving.

If you zoom in, this is the frame in which we can see Adam’s arm most clearly.

Adam stands on the right, while Officer Stillman and his torch can be seen on the left in this blurry footage

Adam stands on the right, while Officer Stillman and his torch can be seen on the left in this blurry footage

Both from the footage of the body camera and from this feed, Adam runs to the end of this gap in the fence, pauses, and then turns around with his hands raised.

When he pauses, his body remains largely still, while his right arm withdraws slightly – as can be seen in the frames in which an object appears to be visible.

A look behind the fence shows that his right arm does not extend much forward.

This could indicate that if he was holding an object in his hand, he was more likely to have dropped it than to forcibly throw an object.

In the feed of the camera worn on another officer’s body, a gun can be seen behind the fence.

We can then map the position of that weapon onto the enlarged image that shows Adam’s arm at its greatest extent.

This shows us how far the gun would have been thrown from its position.

What happened after Adam was shot?

Four seconds after the trigger, Officer Stillman glared at his colleagues to report that shots had been fired and to call for an ambulance.

“Get an ambulance here now,” he says before trying to assess how injured the boy was. “Look at me, look at me. Are you okay?” he asks.

In the agonizing footage, Adam is rolled onto his back and blood can be seen from his mouth. He doesn’t respond.

Officer Stillman’s body camera footage shows he attempted CPR before switching off with a colleague.

He steps back and goes through the gap in the fence.

At 2:42:08 a.m. his camera showed that there was a gun on the ground.

A total of 17 police officers visited the scene and contributed body-worn camera recordings.

The footage of Officer Stillman ends with him sitting quietly on the floor with a colleague by his side.

What else do the footage, audio and documents tell us?

We compared the raw material with the versions edited by the police.

The raw clips were less clear-cut than the annotated analysis in the police abbreviated version suggests, but the police edited versions are for the most part a fair representation of what happened.

We checked the locations of the cameras that captured video from non-body cameras. This included stains on a residential building and a church.

Also included in the COPA release are three recordings of the shots allegedly fired by Ruben Roman that first brought the police into the area. Nine shots can be heard on the tapes, recorded with shot detection technology used by the Chicago Police Department.

The footage also shows Ruben and Adam walking together near where the gunshots were heard.

Documents were also included in the publication.

In the original case report, the police first wrote that Adam was between 18 and 25 years old.

His cause of death is described as “a gunshot wound to the chest” and at the time of writing he was identified as John Doe (unidentified person).

It is also revealed that Officer Stillman was deemed “sick” after the shooting and was apparently treated at Rush University Medical Center.

The Tactical Response Report notes that Adam allegedly:

– did not follow the verbal instruction

– fled

– there was an imminent battery with a weapon

– Violence used, which can lead to death or serious physical injuries.

How often is a 13-year-old shot dead by the police in America?

In 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by police while he was holding a toy gun. His death was one of those who sparked the American Black Lives Matter movement.

Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot dead by the police

Tamir Rice was holding a toy gun when he was shot dead by the police

The following year the Washington Post began tracking down police shootings. Since 2015, 56 children under the age of 16 have been fatally shot by police in America.

According to him, five of them were 13 years of age or younger. The youngest ones to be shot were two six-year-olds: Jeremy Mardis and Kameron Prescott.

Adam Toledo, who is Latino, is included in this data.

Adam Toledo. Image: Family Crowdfunder

Adam Toledo. Image: Family Crowdfunder

In a crowdfunder for his Elizabeth Toledo-initiated funeral expenses, his family remembers him with the following tribute: “Adam had many dreams that he could never live out. Ironically, one of his dreams was to become a cop. It weighs us very much to plan our last farewells instead of watching him grow up and live out those dreams. ”