"The majority of Chicago police officers have three or four complaints over the course of their entire careers, but Officer Stillman has amassed that amount in a very short period of time."
- Shortly after officer Eric Stillman shot Adam Toledo and rendered aid to the 13-year-old, Stillman is seen on police bodycam video sitting up against the same fence where the incident happened. The 34-year-old appears distraught and is being comforted by other officers.
ALISON FLOWERS: This did not need to happen. This was completely avoidable. And Officer Stillman is a product of his training, whether we like it or not.
- Alison Flowers with the Invisible Institute, an investigative organization that tracks police misconduct, says Stillman has three misconduct complaints since he became a Chicago police officer in 2015. To involve improper search, none resulted in disciplinary action.
ALISON FLOWERS: The majority of Chicago police officers have three or four complaints over the course of their entire careers, but officer Stillman has amassed that amount in a very short period of time.
- However, Flower says there are no use of force reports to indicate Stillman had fired his weapon before.
According to Stillman's attorney, his client is devastated over the shooting. Stillman has spent his career at the 10th District in North Lawndale.
Stillman's attorney says the officer is well-liked here at the 10th District. He's known as "one of the good guys."
ERIC STILLMAN: Hi, I'm Officer Stillman from the Chicago Police Department, assigned to 10th District. I'm also a Marine Staff Sergeant.
- Last year, Stillman narrated a CPD Facebook video about the department's Toys for Tots campaign. Before becoming a police officer, Stillman joined the Marines. His service included a deployment to Afghanistan. Stillman remains in the Marine Reserves.
In a lengthy statement released today by his attorney Tim Grace defending the shooting, Grace writes in part, quote, "The officer had no place to take cover or concealment. The gun was being orientate in his direction and he was left with no other option."
Stillman has been placed on administrative duty until the investigation is complete.