Bodycam video shows Adam Toledo was armed before he was fatally shot
Amid the grief and outrage over the deadly shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago, CBS News is facing criticism for video posted on Twitter that crops out brief footage of the Latino boy holding a gun.
A clip from the officer’s body cam released by the Chicago Police Department shows the policeman exiting his squad car and chasing the boy down a dark alley as another suspect disappears from view.
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The officer shouts: “Police! Stop! Stop right [expletive] now! Hands! Hands! Show me your [expletive] hands!”
The boy turns and raises his hands, and the officer shouts “Drop it” and fires his weapon.
CCTV footage of the March 29 incident shows Toledo throwing something through a gap in the fence as the officer approaches him. The bodycam video shows the officer shining a light on a handgun behind the wooden fence after the shooting.
However, CBS News tweeted a video formatted for mobile devices in which both sides of the video are cropped and the image of Toledo holding the gun is omitted.
The CBS tweet said: “Newly released bodycam footage shows Chicago police chasing and fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, as he appeared to comply with orders to raise his hands.”
See the CBS News tweet:
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Newly released bodycam footage shows Chicago police chasing and fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, as he appeared to comply with orders to raise his hands. https://t.co/o8I5DRvU69 pic.twitter.com/WPqifN4KFZ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 15, 2021
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra spotlighted CBS’s framing of the story, posting two images side-by-side that show what CBS News omitted from the bodycam footage.