The boy’s household noticed the video on Tuesday and requested that the video and different proof not be instantly released to the general public, in accordance to an announcement this week from COPA, which investigates all police shootings.
“COPA has remained sensitive to the family’s grief and is carrying out this release in accordance with the City’s Video Release Policy,” it stated in an announcement Wednesday.
“COPA’s core values of integrity and transparency are essential to building public trust, particularly in incidents related to an officer involved shooting, and we are unwavering in our commitment to uphold these values.”
The teenager was shot and killed early March 29, when officers responding to a “shots fired” name on town’s West Side noticed “two males in a nearby alley,” in accordance to police. One of them was armed, in accordance to police, and ran away. One officer opened hearth, hitting one individual in the chest.
In an announcement, the regulation agency representing Adam’s household stated the viewing of the video was “extremely difficult and heartbreaking for everyone present,” significantly the household.
The attorneys stated they had been conducting their very own investigations and would be assembly with metropolis representatives.
“We also want to thank leaders and members of the Latino community for remaining peaceful in their protests and calls for justice,” the assertion stated. “Adam’s memory can best be honored by refraining from violence and working constructively for reform.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated Wednesday she had additionally seen the footage of the Adam Toledo shooting, acknowledging the household’s ongoing grief.
“I want to be respectful of the family, but I also do think that something like a police-involved shooting, particularly under these circumstances, it’s important for us to be transparent,” Lightfoot stated.
Asked if she would favor for the video to be released after Chauvin’s trial, the mayor stated that was “not really part of the calculus.”
“This is about being respectful and balancing the need for transparency with this grieving family that is having an extraordinarily difficult time.”
NCS’s Brad Parks and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.