Cook dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx Apologizes for False Adam Toledo Gun Declare – NBC Chicago

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Chicago’s chief prosecutor apologized Wednesday after a lawyer working under her implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun when a police officer fatally shot him, and she admitted neither she had someone else in her office tried to clear up the matter until shortly before the video was released, showing that it had not.

Cook County prosecutors came under fire following the release of a video with a body camera on April 15 that showed Toledo dropped or threw the gun less than a second before officer Eric Stillman shot him on March 29 and killed. Days earlier, during a hearing for the 21-year-old man who was dating Toledo that morning, Ruben Roman, a prosecutor from That Office implied that Toledo was holding a gun when Stillman shot him.

“The tragedy of the death of a 13-year-old boy has been clouded by the confusion and frustration my office has caused, and I apologize for that,” Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement detailing the results An internal review of her announced Underling’s false testimony in court.

During Roman’s April 10 hearing and in a document presented to the court on charges brought against him – gun possession, ruthless dismissal, and endangering of children – prosecutor James Murphy did not specifically state that Toledo was holding a gun when he was shot, but he clearly implied it.

“(Toledo) has a gun in his right hand,” Murphy told the judge. “The officer fired a shot … and hit him in the chest. The weapon the victim was holding landed against the fence a few feet away. “

After posting a video showing that Toledo was not holding a gun when he was shot, Murphy was on leave and Foxx’s office started an internal review of what happened. In its press release, Foxx said Murphy had been reinstated and it was found he “did not want to create the impression that Adam Toledo was holding a gun when firing”.

She said the review put the blame on a “disruption of communications” at the top levels of her office. Although Foxx’s press release did not go into detail on this breakdown, prosecutors in their office were emailed that their deputy, Jennifer Coleman, had resigned shortly before the results of the review were announced Chicago Tribune reported.

The press release made no mention of Coleman’s resignation, and Foxx declined to discuss personnel matters during an interview with the Tribune. But she told the newspaper that her first assistant was the only person in her office who had detailed knowledge of both the investigation into the charges against Roman and a separate, foreclosed investigation into the police shooting of Toledo.

Foxx before confirmed that she did not watch the video until after Rubens’ hearing, although Toledo’s murder has already received a lot of media attention due to its age and other factors. It was only a few days later, and less than an hour before the video was released, that Foxx’s office issued a statement that Murphy had not been “fully informed” before speaking during Rubens’ hearing and that he should not have been allowed to go to Room for People conclude that Toledo was still holding a gun when he was shot.

This isn’t the first time Foxx has been criticized for handling a high profile case. She came under fire in early 2019 when her office abruptly and without reason dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who alleged the actor orchestrated a racist, anti-gay attack on himself. Smollett was later charged again by one Special Prosecutorwho also concluded that while Foxx and her office were not doing anything criminal, they were abusing their discretion and making false statements about the case.

Foxx was subsequently re-elected for a second term in November.