Chicago police kill 13-year-old Latino in ‘armed confrontation’

A Chicago police officer in the United States killed a 13-year-old Latin boy on March 29 in an operation classified by the American authorities as “armed confrontation”.

The teenager, whose identity was confirmed on Monday (5) by the Cook County coroner, is Adam Toledo and was killed by a police officer after a chase in an alley in the Little Village neighborhood.

“Police said officers were called around 2:30 am to an address in Little Village, a predominantly Latino neighborhood in western Chicago, responding to reports of gunfire,” the press said, citing an official statement.

According to the note, Toledo was armed and accompanied by another young man, 21, when the agents arrived at the scene. The two tried to escape, which would have motivated the shooting. The teenager was hit in the chest and died on the spot.

The other boy was arrested, and a firearm was seized by the police. The case sparked revolt in the Latin community in the United States, which has been crying out for justice. The controversy prompted local police to announce that they will soon release a video of the shooting.

During a press conference last week, the victim’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo, said she wants to know the truth about why the police shot her son.

“I just want to know what really happened to my baby,” Elizabeth told CNN. “The cops shouldn’t have, they had a lot of options, but they didn’t kill him. They could have shot him in the leg, arm, in the air. I don’t know. But to kill my baby?”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, meanwhile, demanded that images from the agents’ cameras be released as soon as possible.

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