Body camera footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy last month shows the officer yelling "Drop it!" at the teen right before he opens fire. "If he had a gun, he tossed it," attorney Adeena Weiss-Ortiz said Thursday. (April 15)
ADEENA WEISS-ORTIZ: Those videos speak for themselves. Adam, during his last second of life, did not have a gun in his hand. The officer screamed at him, show me your hands. Adam complied, turned around. His hands were empty when he was shot in the chest at the hands of the officer. He did not have a gun in his hand, contrary to the reports made earlier today.
The family, counsels for the family, we do not want to compound this tragedy by inflaming emotions or inciting violence. It could be a gun. I'm not going to deny that, that it could be a gun. But I can't tell you with 100% certainty until I have that video forensically analyzed and enhanced.
But it is not relevant because he tossed the gun. If he had a gun, he tossed it. The officer said, show me your hands. He complied, he turned around. There's a still photo going around on the internet with his hands up, and he's shot in the middle of his chest.
I don't know if the officer had enough time or not. All I know is that the officer is trained to not shoot an unarmed individual, not shoot an unarmed child. There are topics in the consent decree with regard to foot pursuits, training, et cetera. This needs to be addressed in this investigation. If he asked him to toss it and show his hands and the kid complies, then he shouldn't be shot.