CHICAGO (AP) – Latino attorneys and community leaders will ask the Justice Department to investigate the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Chicago police officer on Tuesday.
The group will also call for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to speed up court surveillance to monitor policing in Chicago Footed by officers, And Adam Toledo invested federal COVID relief dollars to help young people in the neighborhood where they lived and died.
Officer Eric Stillman was responding to a call for a shootout around 3 a.m. on March 29, when he chased Adam into a dark alley in the Little Village neighborhood, mainly in the Latino area southwest of the city. Body cam video released last week The youth is seen dropping a handgun and starts raising his hands in less than a second before Stillman fires a gun. His bodycam footage later shows Stillman flashing lights on a handcuff on the ground near the boy after shooting him.
Stillman is white and Adam Latino was. The video prompted grief and demonstrations in Chicago, a city that has a long history of mistrust and mistrust between police and the community, particularly among Black and Latino residents. It also came against the backdrop of a Trial in Minneapolis For former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd and another murder of a black man, Writing right, By A white officer In a Minneapolis suburb.
Lightfoot has said that the city should allow its independent review agency to complete its investigation, but she understands that “the surge of outrage around it lies in a long legacy surrounding police violence in our city and country.” “
Chicago agreed to hundreds of changes in policing under a consent decree Approved by a federal judge in 2019 Chicago police found a record of racism and abuse after a Justice Department investigation, which had been going on for decades. The investigation led to the murder of a 16-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 by a white officer. Jason VanDyke was later convicted of murder for shooting the teenager 16 times, the video of which Fought to suppress the city.
An independent monitor report from last month showed that the city had made some progress on making changes to the place, but this important work remains undone.
Lightfoot said that last week she wanted the police department to implement a new foot search policy before summer.
Groups calling for change include the Hispanic Lawyers Association Illinois and the Pilson Law Center on Tuesday.