Rising Anger, Protests Continues Over Death of Chicago Teen

CBS4's correspondent Adriana Diaz reports on the latests anger, protests in Chicago, Illinois after the police shooting which lead to the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

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- Across America tonight, there's rising anger in Chicago following the deadly police shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

- The video of the March 29 incident was released late yesterday, sparking overnight protests and renewing calls for police reform. CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports now from Chicago.

ADRIANA DIAZ: Protesters demanding justice took to the streets in Chicago after the release of a video showing a police officer's deadly encounter with a teenager. A body camera recorded what happened as Officer Eric Stillman responded to reports of gunshots on March 29. A chase ensued as soon as he got on the scene. And 19 seconds after exiting his car--

- Stop right [BLEEP] now! Come here, [BLEEP]. Drop it! Drop-- [GUNSHOT]

ADRIANA DIAZ: --he fired a single shot that struck 13-year-old Adam Toledo in the chest. The boy died at the scene.

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ADRIANA DIAZ: A wider angle of the incident appears to show Toledo put his hand on one side of the wooden fence before turning. The police released this blown up image they say shows Toledo with a gun. In body camera footage, a gun is seen on the ground. But in a freeze frame when Toledo was shot, both hands appear to be empty. Toledo's family attorney Adeena Weiss-Ortiz told us the boy was obeying orders when he was killed.

ADEENA WEISS-ORTIZ: That child was given a directive. He complied. He surrendered. He turned to the officer with his hands up. And then he was shot.

ADRIANA DIAZ: What do you make of the freeze frame that the police has released where they say this is a gun in Adam's right hand?

ADEENA WEISS-ORTIZ: I see a blurry image of something. But I can't tell you what is in his hand. They can't tell you what's in his hand. And if I can't see it in the real time video, which the officer was looking at him in real time, how could everybody say that he had a gun in his hand?

ADRIANA DIAZ: John Catanzara, the president of the Chicago police unit, believes Officer Stillman's actions were justified.

JOHN CATANZARA: We do not have to wait to be shot to respond. The officer had every reason to believe that that offender was turning and pointing the gun at him.

ADRIANA DIAZ: Catanzara says Stillman had less than a second to decide if he was dealing with an armed suspect. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, Chicago.