Adam Toledo Taking pictures: Bodycam footage of teen killed by CPD narrated in court ahead of public launch; bail set at $150ok for Ruben Roman
CHICAGO (WLS) – Days before its release, Cook County prosecutors on Saturday previewed the video showing the fatal police shots of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, describing the taped encounter during a bail trial for the man who allegedly Fired the shots that dragged officers onto the Little Village scene last month.
That gun was in the boy’s hand when a police officer shot him in the chest, according to Assistant State Attorney James Murphy.
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21-year-old Ruben Roman is now facing charges of reckless firearm discharge and illegal use of a gun by a criminal, as well as child endangerment and parole violation, Chicago police said.
Prosecutors said the nearby surveillance video captured the moment in which Roman shot a passing vehicle while Adam was standing next to him on the corner of 24th Street and Sawyer Avenue in the early morning of March 29th.
After Roman and Adam fired the shots, they ran north on Sawyer and ducked into an alley near 23rd Street, where officers spotted them about a minute later, Murphy said.
An officer attacked Roman and loosened a pair of red gloves that were later found to have gunshot residue, Murphy said.
The other officer continued to chase Adam who eventually stopped with his left side in front of the officer near a break in a wooden fence in the alley, Murphy said, citing the officer’s bodycam footage. The officer repeatedly told Adam to drop it, according to Murphy.
When Adam – who allegedly had a gun in his right hand – turned to the officer, the officer shot him in the chest, Murphy said.
Prosecutors suggested that the Ruger 9mm pistol that fell from Adam’s hand had previously been used by Roman. It mated with the seven cartridge cases that were later recovered from the spot where Roman first fired shots, Murphy said. Adam’s hand also later tested positive for gunshot residue, prosecutors said.
After the shooting, Roman was initially charged with offense for resisting arrest. An arrest warrant was issued last week after Roman skipped a court date and was found hiding in a closet in Maywood on Friday, Murphy said.
Murphy also said when detectives asked novel about Adam’s identity, Roman gave them a false name. He denied knowing Adam or firing any shots, claiming he was in the alley “waiting for a train,” Murphy said.
Assistant attorney Courtney Smallwood said Roman left high school in 11th grade but recently enrolled in a GED program and waited for several job offers after being out of work for the past two months.
While Murphy claimed that Roman’s alleged actions endangered Adam and resulted in his death, Smallwood refused to accept that Roman endangered Adam, saying that there was no evidence that the gun belonged to Roman, that he owned the red gloves that tested positive for gunshot residue or that he brought Adam outside in the first place.
“The victim is dead by the Chicago cops, not my client,” Smallwood said.
Toledo’s funeral took place on Friday.
Chicago police officers canceled days off for officers next week in preparation for possible demonstrations. Police video of the shooting is shown to the Toledo family before it is released to the public.
Protesters took to the streets Friday night as the Chicago Police Department began preparing for the release of police bodycam footage.
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The ABC7 I team learned that the video is expected to be released next week after Toledo’s family has a chance to view it and approve its release.
A security planning memo received from the I-Team said that a decision could be made on Wednesday or Thursday of next week and that the city will monitor information and social media for any possible disturbance related to the release of the video. Officials are told that their days off will be canceled and patrols increased in anticipation of possible rioting.
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Toledo’s family said they are expected to see the Bodycam footage next week, although they haven’t announced a specific date. In a statement, family lawyers said, “The City of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability have been very cooperative. We want to correct speculative reports in the media that suggest otherwise.”
The statement went on to say Toledo’s funeral took place on Friday and thanked the family for “the support and respect for their privacy during this time of grief”.
Protesters took over the Wabash and Chestnut intersection on the Gold Coast in the middle of a busy Friday evening, drawing attention to Toledo’s death by gunfire.
The group gathered on the west side, where they held signs and sang for drivers passing by. They said the Chicago teen’s death was unjustified and they want the facts.
The demonstrators then formed a caravan from the west side to the Gold Coast. The police are preparing for larger and possibly more troubled protests
Alderman Ray Lopez recently met with the CPD leadership in hopes to avoid a recurrence of the violence in Minnesota following George Floyd’s death.
Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.
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