Apr 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Demands grow for federal probe into fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo

A piece of cloth tied to a fence in Brooklyn Center, Minn., demands justice for Adam Toledo. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

A piece of cloth tied to a fence in Brooklyn Center, Minn., demands justice for Adam Toledo. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Attorneys and advocates in Chicago are asking the Department of Justice to intervene in the investigation of Adam Toledo, as the video of an officer fatally shooting the 13-year-old of Mexican descent makes waves.

Why it matters: Activists are asking that Latinos not be forgotten in discussion of reforms to policing that have been prompted by cases like George Floyd’s.

  • After Black Americans, Latinos face the second-highest rate of death by law enforcement, according to data analysis from the Washington Post.
  • Toledo was shot March 29 during a police chase in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, where the majority of the population is Latino.
  • Bodycam footage shows him empty-handed when the shot was fired, even though officers claimed it had been an “armed confrontation.”
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