Body camera footage released by an independent city agency in Chicago on Thursday showed Police Officer Eric E. Stillman fatally shoot 13-year-old Adam Toledo following an early-morning foot chase on March 29 on the city’s West Side.
The footage has set off renewed anger at the Chicago police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who initially backed up prosecutors’ claim that the teenager had been holding a gun when he was shot — a claim the authorities retracted on Thursday before the release of the footage.
The main confrontation — in which Adam appears to toss a handgun aside before turning with his hands raised, and Officer Stillman shoots him — is over in less than a second.
Because the shooting occurred so quickly, we identified key frames from the video to better understand what happened.
Here is what they show.
Officer Stillman’s body camera footage begins as he and his partner are responding to a report of gunfire in the Little Village neighborhood at 2:36 a.m. Two minutes later, Officer Stillman exits his car and begins chasing two people on foot down an alley that runs behind South Sawyer Avenue.
Officer Stillman shoves one man to the ground, leaving him for his partner, and continues chasing Adam with his gun drawn. “Police, stop, stop right now!” he shouts, adding a vulgarity.
Seventeen seconds into the chase, Adam slows down, and Officer Stillman catches up to him.
He shouts at Adam to show his hands.
The flashlight attached to Officer Stillman’s gun illuminates a handgun in Adam’s right hand.
“Drop it!” Officer Stillman shouts.
Adam begins turning toward him.
Video from a security camera mounted on a nearby school appears to show Adam tossing the handgun behind a fence as he turns.
The action is not visible on the body camera footage. But as Adam faces Officer Stillman, his hands are raised and he is no longer holding the gun.
Officer Stillman shouts “drop it!” again as Adam turns, but less than a second later, he fires one shot, and Adam falls to the ground.
Officer Stillman immediately calls for an ambulance and tries to talk to Adam. Adam does not answer, and blood is visible on the front of his shirt and face.
“Stay with me, stay with me,” Officer Stillman says.
“Somebody bring a medical kit, now,” he says into his radio.
Another officer arrives, and Officer Stillman tells him that Adam’s wound is in the upper chest and that he cannot feel Adam’s heartbeat.
Officer Stillman moves away as other officers arrive to assist. Two minutes later, his body camera footage shows a handgun behind the fence.
Ruben Roman, 21, the man authorities say was with Adam that morning, has been charged with felony reckless discharge, unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment. According to prosecutors, video shows Mr. Roman and Adam walking together down a street on the West Side around 2:30 a.m. Mr. Roman, holding a gun, appears to fire several shots at an unknown target.
Julie Bosman and Neil MacFarquhar contributed reporting.