Disturbing bodycam footage released by Chicago police shows the moment a city cop shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
“Stop, stop right f—-g now,” the cop who fired the fatal shot is heard saying as he chases the teen. “Hands. Show me your f—-g hands.”
“Drop it, drop it,” he yells, before Toledo is seen turning around and the cop fires a single shot.
The seventh-grader is then seen collapsing onto the ground.
“Shots fired, shots fired,” the cop radios in.
“You all right?” he asks the teen, who is spattered with blood. “Where you shot?”
The graphic footage was released by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
At a press conference earlier Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had described the video as “incredibly difficult to watch.”
“As more and more people see this footage, I want to ask again that everyone tuning in think first about Adam Toledo,” the mayor said. “No parent should ever have a video broadcast widely of their child’s last moments.”
In a joint statement earlier in the day, Lightfoot and lawyers for Toledo’s family said the release of the disturbing footage was “the first stop in the process toward the healing of the family.”
Police in the Windy City have described the fatal encounter as an “armed confrontation.”
Toledo was shot and killed by Chicago police on March 29 after cops responded to a report of shots fired on the city’s West Side.
Police said the teenager and 21-year-old Ruben Roman ran from cops at the scene, with the officers giving chase.
One cop chased Toledo, yelling, “Drop it, drop it.” When the teen turned, the officer said, he was holding a gun in his right hand.
He fired, striking the teen and killing him.