Chicago mayor calls for police pursuit policy overhauled after 13-year-old boy is shot and killed

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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for police follow-up policy to be reviewed after 13-year-old boy is shot and killed

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Monday she is looking for an assessment of how the city’s police are hunting potential suspects on foot.
  • Lightfoot’s request came exactly a week after Adam Toledo, 13, was shot and murdered by a police officer
  • The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it will release footage of the shooting within 60 days of the incident
  • Chicago police said Toledo was armed and on the run with 21-year-old Ruben Roman Jr., who was arrested for resisting arrest
  • Police found a gun on the spot, but it is not yet known whether the teen fired at the police

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called for an overhaul of the way police deal with the pursuit of suspects after a cop shoots and kills a 13-year-old boy.

Lightfoot’s request came Monday, exactly a week after Adam Toledo was shot dead by a cop in South Sawyer’s 2300 block.

“We cannot and do not want to postpone the pursuit reform for another day,” Lightfoot said at a news conference Monday. “We can no longer afford to postpone what we can tackle today until tomorrow, because lives are really at stake.”

The Civilian Office for Police Accountability has been charged with investigating police-implicated shootings and announced on Friday that it would not release the video of the shooting until after Toledo’s family and their attorney viewed the tragic footage.

According to city policy, the agency has 60 days to release the material.

DailyMail.com reached out to the Civilian Office for Police Accountability for comment.

Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer in a chase in Chicago's West Side on March 29 after being seen on the run with 21-year-old Ruben Roman Jr. Chicago police sent a unit to the 2300 block .  from South Sawyer after reports of at least eight shots fired.  Toledo was shot after an 'armed confrontation' with a police officer.  The cop who killed Toledo has been placed on administrative leave

Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer in a chase in Chicago’s West Side on March 29 after being seen on the run with 21-year-old Ruben Roman Jr. Chicago police sent a unit to the 2300 block . from South Sawyer after reports of at least eight shots fired. Toledo was shot after an ‘armed confrontation’ with a police officer. The cop who killed Toledo has been placed on administrative leave

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded a reform of the Chicago police's follow-up policy on Monday, just a week after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer he was fleeing from.  The Civilian Office of Police Accountability announced last Friday that it would release footage

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded a reform of the Chicago police's follow-up policy on Monday, just a week after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer he was fleeing from.  The Civilian Office of Police Accountability announced last Friday that it would release footage

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded a reform of the Chicago police’s follow-up policy on Monday, just a week after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer he was fleeing from. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability announced last Friday that it would release footage

Elizabeth Toledo (left) made a plea to gangs in Chicago on Sunday not to seek retaliation against Chicago police after one of her agents was involved in the shooting and murder of her 13-year-old son, Adam Toledo (right), last Monday

Elizabeth Toledo (left) made a plea to gangs in Chicago on Sunday not to seek retaliation against Chicago police after one of her agents was involved in the shooting and murder of her 13-year-old son, Adam Toledo (right), last Monday

Elizabeth Toledo (left) made a plea to gangs in Chicago on Sunday not to seek retaliation against Chicago police after one of her agents was involved in the shooting and murder of her 13-year-old son, Adam Toledo (right), last Monday

Chicago police released a photo of the gun recovered on the spot after one of his agents shot and killed Adam Toledo on Monday.

Chicago police released a photo of the gun recovered on the spot after one of his agents shot and killed Adam Toledo on Monday.

Chicago police released a photo of the gun recovered on the spot after one of his agents shot and killed Adam Toledo on Monday.

Chicago police said Toledo fled with Ruben Roman Jr., 21, before a police officer, whose name has not been made public, shot the teenager. The agent was given 30 days of administrative leave.

According to the Washington Post, Toledo is the youngest person killed by police in Chicago since 2015.

Police released a photo of a gun recovered on the spot, but have not said whether Toledo fired at police while being chased.

‘We don’t tolerate [gangs] Using our child pawns and setting them up for a life of misery … here we have to draw the line, ”Lightfoot said.

‘I am determined. We will find the person who put this gun in Adam’s hand. We will not be deterred by threats from gang members. An adult should make sure to put that gun in that child’s hand. ‘

The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago’s union chairman John Catanzara issued a video statement claiming that the footage would safeguard the police officer who murdered Toledo from any wrongdoing.

The officer was absolutely shocked by the circumstances that happened that night as a life was taken. But it was justified, ”said Catanzara. The perpetrator fled from the police with a weapon. Regardless of being 13 years old. ‘

According to his mother, Adam Toledo dreams of becoming a police officer

According to his mother, Adam Toledo dreams of becoming a police officer

According to his mother, Adam Toledo dreams of becoming a police officer

Elizabeth Toledo came forward over the weekend pleading for calm after reports that members of the Latin Kings gang were planning to retaliate for her son’s death by firing at unmarked police vehicles.

“Nobody has anything to gain by inciting violence,” she said via a statement Sunday. ‘Adam was a sweet and loving boy. He wouldn’t want anyone else to get hurt or die in his name. ‘

Adam Toledo and Roman Jr. were seen on the run by police after responding to an eight-shot call in Chicago’s West Side on March 29 at 2:30 am.

Police said there was an “armed confrontation” before Toledo was once shot in the chest.

Toledo died on the spot and Roman Jr. was arrested for resisting arrest.

Attorney Adeena Ortiz said Elizabeth Toledo only learned of her son’s death on Wednesday.

Toledo said her son hoped to join the police.

‘He was so full of life. They just took it from him, ”she said.

Police statistics released last Thursday showed that 131 murders had been reported in the first three months of 2021, compared to 98 in the same period last year.

At least 706 people were shot at the end of March. Chicago only reported its 500th shooting in 2020 in April.

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