Chicago (AP) — Mayor Lori Wrightfoot will bring a handgun to the Chicago Police Department on Monday after catching a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a handgun when he was shot deadly by police officers last week. He said he had instructed him.
Adam Toledo was shot in the chest after escaping from police around Little Village just before 3:00 am on March 29th. He died on the scene and the gun was recovered.
“You’ll find someone who has handed the gun to Adam,” Wrightfoot said at a press conference in the Westside neighborhood. “Adults put a gun in a child’s hand. It’s an impressive young child who shouldn’t be given deadly power.”
“We will use all resources to track the origin of the gun through tracking, fingerprints, DNA, and other means,” police police officer David Brown and the ministry’s chief detective said.
The Police Department, which is investigating the shooting, has announced that it will first release body camera footage of the shooting to the boy’s family and then to the public.
According to the police Police were dispatched to Little Village after the department’s ShotSpotter technology detected the sound of eight bullets. When they arrived, Toledo and a 21-year-old man fled. While chasing a teenager, there was an “armed clash” in which a policeman shot him once in his chest.
A 21-year-old man was arrested for the misdemeanor of resisting the arrest.
The mayor and Brown, who also spoke at a press conference, refused to answer when asked if the boy had fired at the police before being shot in the chest.
However, the mayor strongly suggested that the teenager may have been involved in the gang before that night, and members of the gang gave him a gun.
“Gangs are preying on our most vulnerable people, and the promises of their families and Rookles are corrupting these young minds,” she said.
“None of us should accept that adults preying on vulnerable teenage boys are here or all over Chicago,” giving these children the love and support they need. It states that it is everyone’s duty.
“That’s how we reduce the appeal of gang life,” she said.
Explaining why Adam’s age and name weren’t announced until a few days after his death, Brown was asked to identify a teenager who was with Adam on the night he was killed. He said he told the police the wrong name. According to Brown, Adam’s fingerprint did not match any police database.
Brown said Adam fled at least twice the day before his death. Adam’s mother reported that he had gone missing on March 26, but told police the next day that he had returned. Investigators searching for reports of a recently closed missing person contacted Adam’s mother after the shooting, and she hadn’t seen him for “a few days”, but he was missing again. He said he did not report.
She identified his body at the Cook County Medical Inspector’s Office on Wednesday.
Wrightfoot said the boy’s death would bring a new foot-tracking policy, but only said police foot-tracking was extremely dangerous to police officers, those being tracked, and others in the area. ..
She vowed that new policies would be implemented before the start of summer.