The body camera video of the police killing of Adam Toledo shows the 13-year-old raising his hands above his head and complying with police commands when he was shot.
The video also appears to show the boy holding a gun behind his back an instant before the officer opened fire, but it is not clear whether he was still holding the gun as he raised his hands above his head. The city of Chicago Thursday released highly-anticipated videos and documents connected to the March 29 police shooting.
You can find them here. (Warning: The videos in the link show the killing of 13-year-old Adam. In the video titled “BWC 1 Shooting Officer,” the shooting happens right after the 2:05 mark. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.)
Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan showed reporters part of the body camera footage and a composite video at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
That video shows Adam and another person, whom authorities have identified as 21-year-old Ruben Roman Jr. walking together down a street in the Little Village neighborhood. Prosecutors said Roman fired a gun seven or eight times with Adam standing next to him and, at some point, handed the gun to the 13-year-old.
Body camera video from the shooting officer shows him chasing Adam through an alley and yelling for the boy to stop. Adam stopped after a brief chase.
A composite video, which was put together by the Police Department, freezes on a frame appearing to show a gun in the boy’s hand.
The officer can then be heard telling Adam, “show me your hands,” and the boy does. The officer shoots a single shot as the boy is raising his arms above his head.
Deenihan said it is “less than a second” between the moment on the video where a gun can be seen and the single gunshot.