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Family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, shot dead by Chicago police, urges calm; 'troubling video footage' could be released soon

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Police work at the scene of a fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a Chicago Police officer on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Chicago.

The family of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a Chicago police officer is asking for calm amid reports that gang factions in the city have been instructed to retaliate by shooting at unmarked police cars.

Adam Toledo, who dreamed of becoming a police officer, was killed after police chased him into an alley a week ago. Tensions remain high across the city as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability – COPA – prepares to release what it termed “troubling video footage” of the shooting. 

Police have issued an “officer safety alert” alleging that the Narcotics Division had received information about the retaliation.

“This report, if true, is extremely disturbing,” Adeena Weiss Ortiz, who represents the Toledo family, said in a statement. “Let me be perfectly clear, the Toledo family condemns violence against police and all other members of the community.”

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