Video of Police Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old Shocks after Chauvin Trial for Killing Floyd, and Wright Traffic Stop Death

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By Savannah Dewberry

CHICAGO, IL– Officer body camera footage was released Thursday of the horrific police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo—it came on top of the murder trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd, and the recent traffic stop shooting death of Daunte Wright, both in Minnesota.

The deaths of Floyd, Wright and numerous other deaths at the hands of police officers inspired nationwide demonstrations and protests.

The Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), a separate agency that investigates police shootings, released 17 files of bodycam footage from involved and on-the scene Chicago police officers, four surveillance videos of and related to the scene of the incident, as well as the Case Incident and Tactical Response Reports.

At 2:38 a.m. on March 29, Officer Eric Stillman, 34, reported gunshots heard in the area, and then chased young Adam Toledo and Ruben Roman, 21, down an alleyway. Roman was subdued and handcuffed by another officer, while Stillman pursued Toledo.

The footage captured Stillman yelling at Toledo to stop, and cursing at him to drop his weapon.

The body-worn footage shows Toledo slowing down and turning around to face Stillman, with raised arms and apparently empty hands. Stillman fired a single shot and Toledo collapsed instantly. The entire incident happened within 20 seconds of the officer exiting his vehicle.

The footage also shows Stillman attempting to give Toledo medical aid for several minutes, asking him where he was shot and telling him to “stay with me.” As other officers arrived on the scene, Stillman stepped away. Toledo was pronounced dead on the scene.

A handgun was found behind the fence, several feet away from Toledo, but was not shown in Toledo’s hands when Stillman fired upon him. The quality of the bodycam footage makes it unclear if Toledo was holding the gun at any point during the pursuit.

Roman is facing child endangerment charges as well as weapons charges, and is currently held on $150,000 bond.

Toledo’s family viewed the footage Monday, via COPA, and are pursuing legal action against Stillman. COPA said that all the videos and reports were not edited, but had some redactions for privacy protections. Originally COPA was not going to release the footage of Toledo’s death due to his age, and only did so due to mounting public pressure.

Stillman has been an officer with the Chicago Police Department since August 2015, with no prior incidents according to the Invisible Institute’s Citizens Police Data Project. He has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days.

Savannah Dewberry is a student at the University of San Francisco. She is pursuing a Media Studies major with a minor in Journalism. Savannah Dewberry is an East Bay native and currently lives in San Francisco.


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  1. Keith Olsen

    Guess who said this:

    “If someone’s running with a gun and they turn around, police officers have to make decisions in split seconds. That’s why I’m not a police officer, because I couldn’t face that kind of pressure, and I just, quite frankly, don’t believe that I could do the job. That’s why I sit here on TV and analyze it and talk to people about it.”

    And guess who said this:

    “In this case, I think that body camera footage is going to wind up lead investigators to say that, ‘Look, this is terrible. I wish it came out another way, I wish he hadn’t shot, but I understand why he did.  And if he hadn’t had the body camera footage, I think that he would have been in a very difficult situation.”

     

        1. David Greenwald

          Pretty sure it was CNN.  Actually caught their comments last night, my wife was watching while I was lying on the couch after shot #2.  Not overly impressed by their analysis – wish they would have brought in an expert rather than opining after watching the video on TV.

        2. Ron Oertel

          wish they would have brought in an expert rather than opining after watching the video on TV.

          Sounds like they’re “muscling in” on blogs’ territory.

          But yeah, that video is pretty disturbing.  Saw a portion of it briefly once, don’t want to see it again.

          I wonder what it would look like if all violent criminals wore body cameras, when victimizing others. As it is, we only get to see that if other cameras happen to capture that action.

        3. Keith Olsen

          Pretty sure it was CNN. 

          Yes, you’re correct, CNN, MSNBC, pretty much the same thing.

          Actually caught their comments last night, my wife was watching while I was lying on the couch after shot #2.  

          Yes, it would have had to have been your wife watching because you’ve told us many times you don’t watch.  Thanks for clarifying that.

           Not overly impressed by their analysis

          Why, because for once they said something honest that doesn’t align with the agenda?

        4. Keith Olsen

          I wonder what it would look like if all violent criminals wore body cameras, when victimizing others. As it is, we only get to see that if other cameras happen to capture that action.

          It would look like this:

          At Roman’s bail hearing Saturday, prosecutors shed more light on what happened. They said surveillance video shows Roman walking up to a corner and taking a “shooting stance” as a vehicle drove by before he fired seven or eight shots while standing next to Adam.
          The relationship between Adam and Roman is unclear.
          Police said ShotSpotter technology detected eight gunshots and officers were dispatched to the neighborhood on the city’s West Side around 2:30 a.m. March 29. When police arrived, Adam and Roman fled, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference last Monday.

          https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/04/12/adam-toledo-chicago-shooting-video-gun-what-we-know/7185840002/

        5. David Greenwald

          As I said, it was ill-informed and they shouldn’t be throwing out ill-informed opinions to millions of viewers.

          I don’t know what my view is on this Keith.  Why?  Because there are two things I do before I formulate my views on police shootings – one is to watch the video frame by frame and the second is to get the views of people I consider experts.

        6. Ron Oertel

          As I said, it was ill-informed and they shouldn’t be throwing out ill-informed opinions to millions . . .

          I don’t think the Vanguard reaches that many people.  🙂

          Regardless, it sure would be nice if folks thought for themselves, instead of just absorbing and internalizing.  For the most part, reinforcing views that they’ve already identified with.

          – one is to watch the video frame by frame

          Yeah – we’ve seen that with Picnic Day. Seems like people see what they’re already determined to see. And somehow it’s often quite different from what others see.

          and the second is to get the views of people I consider experts.

          No comment.

        7. Ron Oertel

          One thing I’ve learned on here:

          If you really want to get into the weeds, start discussing what you see on a given video, frame-by-frame.

          Part of that “trial by blog” process that’s ultimately a waste of time, except for the truly committed. In other words, those (already) trying to prove something.

          That’s also why some people can look at a video (and decide that it’s another reason to engage in a riot), while others do not.  Actually, some seem to decide that before they even look at a video.

          And the truly fortunate ones don’t even look at the video to analyze it in the first place. I admire those folks, as they’re probably doing something productive.

          Oh, and also avoid mentioning the word “accident”, unless you want to engage in more discussions. (Yeah, I realize that some are discussing legal ramifications, etc.)

          I think I’ll mostly stick with development issues.

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