CHICAGO – The police department’s supervisory committee announced on Friday that it will change direction under pressure from the city government and the public, and will release a videotape of the body camera showing a police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy in the chest.
The Civilian Oversight Office of the Chicago Police Department said on Thursday that the video could not be released because the victim was underage.
In the early hours of Monday morning, the boy Adam Toledo was shot in the chest and was killed when the authorities were wary of shooting near a small village in a predominantly Latino community.
According to a statement from the police department, Adam was shot and killed in an alley while being chased by footsteps, but the official̵
The police department claimed that a gun was found at the scene.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Lori Lightfoot) and Police Chief David Brown (David Brown) issued a statement on Thursday calling on the Civil Police Department to release the videotape, but the office said in a statement that because the victim was a teenager, Therefore, the videotape cannot be released legally.
According to NBC Chicago branch WMAQ, Adam was the third person shot by the Chicago police this week. The first two shootings occurred on Wednesday.
The TV station obtained the audio of the police broadcast, in which the police officer was told to turn off the camera three times after being called at the scene for only seven minutes.
In 2019, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by WMAQ that the law that New York City cited in its arguments not to publish videos only applies to victims who survived police misconduct, not to fatal police misconduct. The victim is a minor.
WMAQ has previously stated that it will submit a request from the Freedom of Information Act for the release of body camera videos.
A few months before the shooting, the city conducted a review of what to do with police body footage, which showed a woman Anjanette Young who was called a botched raid by the police when she was handcuffed in her home in 2019.