Further protests expected today as AOC says prosecutor lied about about killing
Chicago is bracing for further protests on Friday after officials released a graphic body-camera video showing police officer Eric Stillman shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy as he appeared to be raising his hands.
The nine-minute video from Mr Stillman’s body camera showed the 34-year-old officer running after Adam Toledo in an alley at 2.30am on 29 March in Little Village, a Mexican neighbourhood on the city’s West Side.
The officer yells “Stop” to Toledo, who begins raising his hands less than a second before the officer fires his gun and kills him.
In later footage, Mr Stillman, 34, shines a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo’s body.
Small groups of protesters gathered at a police station and marched downtown on Thursday night. They were met by helmeted officers, social media images showed, but there were no immediate reports of conflict.
Meanwhile, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the prosecutor who said they made an error when they initially claimed Toledo was holding a gun of lying.
“The prosecutor did not ‘make an error.’ He lied,” the Democratic representative tweeted.
“He lied about the police killing a child.
“Ending this isn’t just about consequences for who pulls the trigger. It’s about admitting to and confronting an entire system that exists to protect, defend, and cover up state violence.”