Crowd Gathers In Little Village To Remember Adam Toledo, Demand Change

A large crowd gathered late Sunday in the area where Chicago Police shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo 20 days ago. CBS 2's Steven Graves reports.

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- Right now, a large crowd is gathered in the area where Chicago police shot Adam Toledo. It is the latest protest in response to that officer body Cam video released last week. CBS 2 Steven Graves joins us live from Little village where he spoke to organizers from the increase the peace about their demands, Steven.

STEVEN GRAVES: Jim, Yeah. I'll get to that in a moment. But as you can see behind me, this crowd has gathered and they expect to march in any moment now. You can see many of them are wearing white t-shirts. That was the ask here, as they gathered in this parking lot feet from where that Chicago police officer shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo. They are holding signs that say, "don't shoot." They're also holding those signs that say, "justice for Adam."

And taking you to some early video-- this rally it started about 30 minutes ago with cultural dances and people handing out flowers. Organizers telling me the purpose is to remember Adam of course, and to talk about what they call the bigger need of demanding more resources for minority communities like the Little Village neighborhood. They do not want any more young people to end up in Adam's situation or a victim of gun violence. One 15-year-old I spoke to said she remains scared and wants to see solutions.

NADIA ZUNIGA: I know people that go to the streets, you know, they don't have a lot of stuff. We don't have a lot of stuff here.

- And I feel like if we had therapist and activist and positive people for my people in our communities, it would be a difference.

STEVEN GRAVES: And these youth are suggesting that they go about this by of course, demanding things like this and making them public, and then allocating funds and resources from police, and putting them more into community programs. Again, this large crowd just the latest show of support they are going to march around the neighborhood at any moment. And police are blocking off the streets as they do that. Reporting live here in Little Village. Stephen Graves, CBS 2 News. Jim.

- Steven, thank you.