Tell Mayor Lightfoot: Release the Video
Content warning: Violence against a child.
On March 29, the Chicago Police Department shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Mayor Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown should release the body camera video of the shooting immediately. They do not need to "call on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability" to release the video, as they are claiming. The Mayor appoints the officers of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) as well as the Police Superintendent.
Releasing the body camera footage is the bare minimum of beginning a formal and independent investigation. Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department can and should release the raw video from the body cameras as they have many times in the past.
Hiding behind bureaucratic agencies, themselves under mayoral control, is a disservice to justice. Send a letter to Mayor Lightfoot to demand that her agencies release the footage immediately.