Body cam video and other materials from the police shooting that killed Adam Toledo, 13, will be released on Thursday, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability announced. CBS 2's Tara Molina reports.
IRAKA SARGENT: Good afternoon. I'm Iraka Sargent. Right to breaking news.
In just a matter of hours, the body-camera video showing a Chicago police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo will be released. CBS 2's Tara Molina is live at Federal Plaza, and, Tara, this is what many people in Chicago have been demanding.
TARA MOLINA: Iraka, demanding for weeks now. There's been a public outcry for the release of these videos and transparency from the city for weeks. A spokesperson for COPA told us today they respected the family's wishes and held off on that public release today, but they did tell them through their attorney there is a planned release for tomorrow.
You're looking at Adam Toledo's family leaving COPA headquarters Tuesday night after watching the police body-camera video of his shooting for the first time. They did not stop to make any kind of comment and haven't since, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out today for the first time since she's seen the videos.
LORI LIGHTFOOT: This is a difficult set of circumstances.
TARA MOLINA: The mayor said she's seen all of the other materials gathered by COPA, but she didn't want to share her thoughts on those.
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.
TARA MOLINA: With the family's attorneys and COPA both telling us they're honoring the grieving Toledo family's wishes not to release the video and other videos they've reviewed today, but there are plans in place to release them Thursday. According to a spokesperson for COPA, they've informed the Toledo family through their attorney of those plans for release. We're told that will include body-camera video, third-party video, OEMC transmissions, ShotSpotter recordings, a case-incident report, and tactical response and arrest reports.
A spokesperson for the Toledo family's attorney's office telling me they're conducting their own investigation separate from Chicago police and COPA. They've said they're meeting with city representatives but won't say who.
Chicago police say officers were responding to eight ShotSpotter alerts in Little Village when they pulled up and saw two men running, a 21-year-old man and 13-year-old Adam Toledo. The officers chased them, and the 21-year-old was stopped first.
At a bond hearing for that man over the weekend, prosecutors said Adam continued running once he was stopped, and Adam had a gun in his hand. The officer chasing him asked him to drop it. They say he didn't, and that officer shot and killed him.
Now COPA has not told us what time to expect those videos' release tomorrow. Of course we'll keep checking back in with them. And I've checked in with Adam Toledo's family's attorneys a number of times on this today for a response to this release from COPA. Nothing from them yet today.
Reporting live in Federal Plaza, I'm Tara Molina, CBS 2 News.