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Democratic lawmakers on Thursday demanded justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo, whom Chicago police fatally shot.
The calls came after the Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountably (COPA) released footage of the encounter.
The video raises questions about the circumstances surrounding his death, as officials previously accused Toledo of having a gun. However, the video shows Toledo appearing to surrender and have nothing in his hands before police shot him in the chest.
The incident is raising fresh calls for police reform, as it comes during the ongoing murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd that sparked nationwide protests last summer.
It also comes as the U.S. grapples with the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, whom police killed at a traffic stop Monday.
Far too many Black and Brown men and women have lost their lives to brutal acts of racial injustice. All the evidence shows that we are dealing with a system of justice that isn’t being applied equally—and we need to change that.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) April 15, 2021
My deepest condolences go out to Adam Toledo's family. No parent should ever have to lose a child like that and no child's life should end like that.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 15, 2021
If we're to truly be the Land of the Free, every single American must feel safe, must be able to live.
As the Toledo family said, we are all pained by Adam’s death and seeing the video cuts us to our core. Let us all join with the family to express our grief peacefully.— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) April 15, 2021
He was 13 years old.— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) April 15, 2021
My heart is w/ the Toledo family & w/ our communities of color who face racial injustice every day.
Reform alone can’t fix this. Public safety MUST be about funding for housing, schools & so much more than just police alone.
The current system failed Adam.
Adam Toledo was 13 years old.— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) April 15, 2021
Those responsible for taking the rest of his life away from him must be held accountable.
We have to get the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act signed into law.
Adam Toledo was 13 years old.— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) April 15, 2021
His hands were up. He was unarmed.
This footage is heartbreaking for any parent. Like other major democracies, we must adopt a standard that force can only be used as a last resort.
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