Police in Chicago has released graphic footage of an officer shooting dead a 13-year-old boy in a dark alley.
The bodycam footage that has been released to the public shows a police officer shouting “Drop it” before shooting Adam Toledo once in the chest on 29 March.
The 13-year-old does not appear to be holding a weapon or firearm in the seconds when the shot was fired, however, the police video shows a handgun near the spot where he fell.
Small protests were held on Thursday evening around Chicago, hours after the city’s mayor appealed for calm.
The clip shows the officer jumping out of his squad car and chasing the Latino boy on foot down a dark alley as another suspect disappears.
The policeman shouts: “Police! Stop! Stop right [expletive] now! Hands! Hands! Show me your [expletive] hands!”
The boy turns and raises his hands. The officer shouts, “Drop it” and fires his weapon – 19 seconds after exiting his squad car.
Separate CCTV footage appears to show the teenager throwing something through a gap in the fence as the officer runs up to him, police footage would appear to show this was a handgun.
The policeman calls for an ambulance while urging the fallen boy to “stay awake”.
Other officers arrive at the scene in the Little Village neighbourhood on the city’s west side and CPR is performed.
According to prosecutors, the teenager was with a 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman, who had just fired a gun at a passing car.
Roman appeared in court on Saturday charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reckless discharge of a firearm and child endangerment, according to local media reports.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a press conference where she called the footage “excruciating” to watch.
“Simply put, we failed Adam,” she said. “And we cannot afford to fail one more young person in our city.”
“We live in a city that is traumatised by a long history of police violence and misconduct,” the mayor said. “So while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.”
The Toledo family also appealed for calm, they said in a statement: “We have heard reports in the media that more protests are planned today, and while we have no direct knowledge of such events, we pray that for the sake of our city, people remain peaceful to honour Adam’s memory and work constructively to promote reform.”
The officer who fired the fatal shot has not been officially accused of wrongdoing. He has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an inquiry into whether he followed proper procedure on use of force.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the officer is a 34-year-old military veteran who joined the force in 2015 and has no record of complaints.
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