During the early morning hours of March 29, 13-year-old Adam Toledo, AKA Lil Homocide, was shot and killed by Chicago police.
In the weeks that followed, the teen’s shooting would spark cries for justice, transparency and peace as a trail of information and misinformation led to the release of police body camera video and other footage that offered a glimpse into what exactly transpired.
Extremely graphic police body camera footage shows a Chicago police officer pulling up to the location in the city’s West Side on March 29 and immediately encountering two people, one of whom appears to be Toledo, running away from the area.
The officer shoves the other person to the ground and chases after another person, later identified as Toledo, who is seen running away from the crime scene wearing a baseball cap, a dark-colored hoodie and jeans.
As the camera’s audio begins to play, the officer can be heard telling the boy to “stop” and “stop right f—— now.”
Toledo then stops for a moment before he turns toward the officer, at which point the cop tells him to, “Show me your f—— hand.”
Toledo appears to have his hands up when he is shot at one time. The officer calls over the radio for an ambulance and announces, “Shots fired.”
“Look at me, look at me. You alright? Where are you shot?” the officer asks him. The cop then radios: “Shots fired by the police.”
He continues asking Toledo where he is shot and telling him to “Stay with me.” Other officers can be heard saying, “Stay with me, buddy,” “Stay awake, bud. Come on bud, stay awake,” and “Come on, big guy.”
Toledo was shot one time in the chest. Officers on-scene performed chest compressions while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. The seventh-grader could not be saved.
The police footage later shows a gun on the ground alongside a fence feet from where Toledo was shot.
Police, who were responding to reports of shots fired in the area, say the boy had a handgun on him before the shooting