City On Edge Ahead Of Release Of Adam Toledo Police Shooting Video On Thursday

Body cam video and other materials from the police shooting that killed Adam Toledo, 13, will be released on Thursday, and the Toledo family and the community leaders are calling for peaceful protests. CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports.

Video Transcript

- We begin with tomorrow's expected release of that body camera video, Charlie De Mar live outside of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA. Charlie?

CHARLIE DE MAR: And Erica, good evening after about two weeks of uncertainty of when that video would be released, we now know that COPA plans on releasing it sometime tomorrow. Now protests, peaceful protests, continue tonight as Adam Toledo's family continues to call for peace.

[DRUMMING, PROTESTING]

For 16 days tonight, no exception.

["HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT" CHANTS]

Little Village community leaders have been in the streets calling for the public release of the body camera video.

["NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE" CHANTS]

--showing a CPD officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo in an alley near 24th and Sawyer.

- Justice for Adam Toledo, justice for the Toledo family, and justice for Little Village.

Thursday, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, will make that video public along with police reports, ShotSpotter audio, and video from nearby surveillance cameras. Tuesday, the Toledo family watched and reviewed all of the evidence that will be released. They asked COPA not to distribute the video, but city policy requires it be made public within 60 days of a police shooting.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: It's multiple videos, and I have now seen, I think, all of them.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has seen the body camera videos but wouldn't comment on what they show.

LORI LIGHTFOOT: I want to be respectful of the family, but I also do think that something like a police-involved shooting, particularly under these circumstances, it's important for us to be transparent.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Toledo was shot and killed by a CPD officer in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood after a chase through an alley. A 21-year-old who was with Toledo has since been charged. Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area. A gun believed to be in Toledo's possession was found at the scene according to court documents.

Some businesses and the city have prepared in case of civil unrest once the video is released. Firehouses will be secured. Firefighters were instructed to keep protective equipment, including helmets and bunker gear with them.

- We're not looters. We are protesters. We are people that are tired of being oppressed.

CHARLIE DE MAR: Now COPA has given no indication on the exact time that it'll be released tomorrow, just saying that sometime tomorrow all of that evidence will be released. And as you heard, community leaders and Adam Toledo's family saying that if there are protests tomorrow, they are asking that they remain peaceful. We are live from COPA's offices in West Town. Charlie De Mar, CBS 2 News. Erica.

- All right, Charlie, thank you.