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Vigil, 'peace walk' in Chicago after police shooting of boy

Vigil, 'peace walk' in Chicago after police shooting of boy

Protesters march near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home in Logan Square to protest the fatal shooting by Chicago police of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on Apr 16, 2021. (Photo: Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

CHICAGO: People will gather around Chicago on Sunday (Apr 18) to remember a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer and to call for changes in policing and an end to gun violence.

Sunday's events follow the release of body-camera footage showing Chicago police Officer Eric Stillman shoot Adam Toledo less than a second after the boy dropped a gun, turned toward the officer and began raising his hands. Stillman chased the boy down a dark alley on Mar 29 after responding to a call of gunshots.

A “peace walk” will be held on Sunday in Little Village, the predominantly Latino southwest Chicago neighbourhood where Adam lived and was killed. A gathering on the city’s north side will address racism, and other vigils are being held around the city to remember Adam and others killed by police.

Largely peaceful demonstrations have been held each day since the video was released on Thursday. Attendees have criticised the Chicago Police Department for a long history of misconduct, particularly in Black and Latino neighbourhoods, and called for justice for Adam, who was Latino. Stillman is white.

The events also have called attention to other recent killings by police, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis - Derek Chauvin is on trial for Floyd's murder - and the recent fatal shooting of another black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb.

Source: AP/ec

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