Chicago police union boss defends officer as ‘justified’ in fatal shooting of Adam Toledo

The president of the Chicago Police Union stated the officer who fatally shot a 13-year-old Adam Toledo was ‘justified’ though the boy appeared to drop a handgun and lift his palms earlier than he was killed.

John Catanzara instructed Chris Cuomo on CNN that an ‘officer doesn’t have to attend to be shot at or shot to reply and have the ability to defend himself.’

A nonetheless body taken from the 3am footage signifies Adam Toledo, 13, wasn’t holding something and had his palms up when officer Eric Stillman, 34, shot him in the chest following a foot chase on March 29. 

Police say the teenager had a handgun on him that morning, and that lower than a second handed from when Toledo is seen with a gun in hand and when Stillman opened hearth. 

John Catanzara, right, appears on Cuomo Prime Time on Thursday night to discuss the Adam Toledo shooting

John Catanzara, proper, seems on Cuomo Prime Time on Thursday evening to debate the Adam Toledo shooting

Catanzara called the officer '100% justified' in the shooting

Catanzara known as the officer ‘100% justified’ in the shooting

Bodycam footage reveals the officer shining a lightweight on a handgun on the bottom close to the teenager after he shot him. 

Earlier footage additionally seems to point out the boy was carrying a gun in the moments earlier than he was shot, throwing it behind a fence earlier than turning to face the cop. 

 ‘Time lapse photographs present that the officer had 8/10ths of a second to find out if that weapon was nonetheless in his palms or not. Interval. There isn’t any method a rational individual can say they’ll course of that and their muscle response could be lower than one second,’ Catanzara stated on Cuomo Prime Time. 

 He additionally defended Stillman, saying ‘in actuality, a median human being couldn’t block somebody from slapping him in the face in much less time than that… It is a good motive why the officer solely shot one. He would have been justified to shoot a number of occasions.’

‘The officer did  every thing he probably may to the letter of the regulation and the rules of the Chicago Police Division.’

The Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, an unbiased board that investigates Chicago police shootings, launched the graphic footage Thursday after permitting Toledo’s household to view it privately on Tuesday.

Police had stated they responded earlier than daybreak on the morning of the shooting after a police expertise detected gun pictures there. 

Footage appears to show the boy was carrying a gun in the moments before he was shot, throwing it behind a fence

Footage seems to point out the boy was carrying a gun in the moments earlier than he was shot, throwing it behind a fence

Police say the teen had a handgun on him that morning, and the bodycam footage shows the officer shining a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo after he shot him in the early hours of March 29. Toldeo can be seeing in the gap in the fence above

Police say the teenager had a handgun on him that morning, and the bodycam footage reveals the officer shining a lightweight on a handgun on the bottom close to Toledo after he shot him in the early hours of March 29. Toldeo may be seeing in the hole in the fence above 

The Chicago Police Department released a photo of the gun that was recovered from the scene after one of its officers shot and killed Adam Toledo last Monday

The Chicago Police Division launched a photograph of the gun that was recovered from the scene after one of its officers shot and killed Adam Toledo final Monday

Video shows the pursuing officer ordering Toledo to stop and show his hands, which the teen is seen doing in the screenshot above

Video reveals the pursuing officer ordering Toledo to cease and present his palms, which the teenager is seen doing in the screenshot above   

The teenager, who was Latino, and a 21-year-old, named as Ruben Roman Jr, fled on foot when confronted by police, and an officer shot the teenager as soon as in the chest following a foot chase throughout what the division described as an armed confrontation. 

Roman Jr was arrested on a misdemeanor cost of resisting arrest. 

The footage reveals that it took 19 seconds from which Stillman, 34, exited his squad automobile to when he shot the teenager. 

After getting out of the car, the officer chases Toledo on foot down an alley for a number of seconds.

‘Cease proper f***ing now!’ the officer yells on the fleeing teen. ‘Present me your f***ing palms! Drop it’

When Toledo turns round to face the officer, he seems to boost his palms. A second later, a single shot rings out and the teenager collapses to the bottom, with blood gushing from his mouth. 

The officer radios in ‘shot fired,’ lays Toledo flat on his again and begins frantically searching for the wound. ‘Stick with me, stick with me,’ he implores the mortally wounded Toledo. 

Elizabeth Toledo (left) is pictured with her son, Adam (right), who she said was 'full for life' and wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement

Elizabeth Toledo (left) is pictured together with her son, Adam (proper), who she stated was ‘full for all times’ and wished to pursue a profession in regulation enforcement 

Toledo passed away after suffering a single gunshot wound to the upper chest

Toledo handed away after struggling a single gunshot wound to the higher chest 

One other officer rushes over with a medical package and the 2 start administering CPR. ‘I am not feeling a heartbeat,’ the officer says.  

Adam’s household legal professional Adeena Weiss-Ortiz stated Thursday: ‘These movies converse for themselves. If you’re shooting an unarmed little one together with his palms in the air it’s an assassination. 

‘His palms have been empty when he was shot in the chest by the hands of the officer.

‘Adam throughout his final seconds of life didn’t have a gun in his hand. Adam complied. He didn’t have a gun in his hand. The officer noticed his palms have been up and pulled the set off.’  

 Catanzara additionally cited Toledo’s alleged ties to the Latin Kings and stated, ‘The poor younger child made a horrible determination that price him his life, nevertheless it was justified.

‘I’ll say, he is 13 years previous. We speak concerning the public college system in Chicago particularly. He ought to have been in college. However we’re not in college studying, now are we?’ 

Cuomo puzzled why whether or not Toledo had gang ties is related and accused Catanzara of making an attempt to ‘smear’ him. 

‘I am simply stating information, I am not smearing anyone,’ Catanzara stated. 

Cuomo requested the union head why the officer was justified in shooting Toledo ‘for those who imagine that it was apparent that the child threw the gun behind the fence.’

Catanzara stated ‘as a result of there is no method the officer may see the place his arm went when it went behind that fence panel.’

‘The officer’s actions have been really heroic.’ 

He additionally stated Stillman and the opposite responding officers will reside with guilt and have ‘bought to carry that house to their households, after which their households are affected by this.’