COPA To Release Bodycam Video Of Adam Toledo's Shooting Death By CPD Officer

CBS 2's Tara Molina reports the family is expected to see how 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot to death by Chicago police. That bodycam video will also released to the public within the next 60 days.

Video Transcript

- Developing here at home tonight, the police body camera video, showing a 13-year-old boy being shot by an officer will be released. That coming from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability-- COPA-- late this afternoon after the teen's mother came forward, saying she just wants the truth. CBS 2's Tara Molina joins us live with the very latest developments. And Tara, do we know when the video is coming?

TARA MOLINA: [? Erica, ?] COPA has said it will follow the city's policy and post that video as soon as possible. Now, city policy says within 60 days of an incident. So that could be up to 60 days from Monday.

ELIZABETH TOLEDO: They could have shooted his leg, his arm, up in the air-- I don't know-- but not kill my baby.

TARA MOLINA: Through tears, behind sunglasses, and surrounded by family, Elizabeth Toledo pleaded for truth.

ELIZABETH TOLEDO: I just want to know what really happened to my baby.

TARA MOLINA: Her 13-year-old son-- she says they weren't notified of his death for two days. She wasn't told it was a police officer who shot him until she had an in-person meeting with the CPD. And five days since the shooting, she hasn't seen the police body camera video to see what happened for herself.

ELIZABETH TOLEDO: The cops shouldn't have shoot him like that. Like, they could-- they had a lot of options, but not kill him!

TARA MOLINA: Set to see it for the first time next week, they say, thanks to the attorney they've hired. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability-- COPA-- originally cited the Juvenile Court Act as the reason they can't share the body camera video without a court order. But--

MATT TOPIC: The city has made that argument in multiple cases in the past. And it is consistently lost.

TARA MOLINA: Matt Topic, an attorney who focuses on government transparency and freedom of information, says this is a battle that's been fought and won in Chicago more than once.

MATT TOPIC: Courts have held that the Juvenile Court Act doesn't apply after the juvenile dies.

TARA MOLINA: COPA acknowledged that today. A spokesperson told us they found the state law doesn't prevent the release of the video. So it could be posted soon after Adam Toledo's family has a chance to review it.

Again, we're told Adam Toledo's family is set to review this video sometime next week. We don't have a firm date on when that review is going to happen. [? Erica. ?]

- Tara, when Adam's mother and the attorney spoke out today, they said they don't believe Adam had access to a gun.

TARA MOLINA: They did say that earlier today. But we do know that police found a gun at the scene of what they've called an armed confrontation. And we also know that a 21-year-old man was arrested in Association with that armed confrontation. And he was charged with resisting arrest.

- All right, Tara Molina, thank you. A short time ago, Chicago Police Superintendent, David Brown, tweeted, we are encouraged by COPA's commitment to transparency in their decision to release the video in a timely manner. The public deserves a complete window into the split second decisions our officers are forced to make. You can follow developments through the night and on our digital streaming network by downloading our app CBS Chicago.