CHICAGO (CBS) – A large crowd gathered late on Sunday in the area where Chicago police shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo 20 days ago.
It was the final protest in response to the officer’s body camera video published last Thursday. Steven Graves of CBS 2 traveled to Little Village on Sunday afternoon to speak to the organizers of Increase the Peace about their demands.
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It is estimated that at least 100 people gathered on Sunday. They planned to be walking around Adam’s neighborhood early Monday, March 29, near where an officer shot him in an alley near 24th Street and Sawyer Avenue.
Many people wear white shirts and signs that read “Justice for Adam”.
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The rally started at 5 p.m. with cultural dances and people handing out flowers.
The organizers said the purpose was remember Adamand also to talk about the greater need to raise more resources for the Little Village community.
They don’t want more young people to fall into Adam’s situation or to be victims of gun violence.
A 15-year-old told Graves that she was still afraid and wanted to see solutions.
“I know people who take to the streets, you know – they don’t have a lot of stuff,” said Nadia Zuniga. “We don’t have a lot of stuff here.”
“I think if we had therapists and activists and positive people for my people in our communities it would make a difference,” added Anahi Botello.
Organizers who they suggest reaching these resources can be reached through the allocation of police resources in community programs.
The protest remained peaceful late on Sunday. The police stood around blocking roads.