CBS News appears to have deceptively edited footage of the police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, according to researchers on social media.
In bodycam footage of the March 29 shooting, Toledo can be seen holding a pistol just before a Chicago police officer shoots him (around 2:04 in the following video).
However, in video of the shooting uploaded to Twitter by CBS News, the frame showing Toledo holding the gun is missing, making it appear as though police fired on an unarmed teen.
“Newly released bodycam footage shows Chicago police chasing and fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, as he appeared to comply with orders to raise his hands,” CBS captioned the footage.
The gun is later seen on another cop’s bodycam, presumably tossed behind a fence by Toledo prior to being shot.
According to Fox News, the omission was a result of CBS’ upload for mobile devices: “CBS News, however, tweeted a video formatted for mobile devices. As a result, both sides of the bodycam footage were cropped and the image of Toledo holding the gun was omitted.”
The deceptive edit was called out by various researchers on social media.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 16, 2021
Regardless of how anyone feels about this shooting. Right or wrong. Justified or not. EVERYONE should be outraged that it was purposefully edited to elicit a desired response from us. If we don’t wake up to what they’re doing, we’re gonna tear ourselves apart. Smarten TF up.
— Brodie’sBurner (@brodie_sburner) April 16, 2021
The deception is especially abhorrent as Toledo is becoming the latest BLM martyr, despite the fact that he was carrying a deadly firearm moments prior to being shot.
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