CHICAGO — Thousands of protesters flocked to Logan Square Friday evening over the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a Chicago police officer.
The protest, sponsored by several community organizations, started at around 5:30 p.m. After gathering at Logan Square Park, the protesters moved north on Milwaukee Avenue.
Several road closures were put in place around Logan Square during the protest, which lasted about four hours. Before it started, Chicago police estimated around 600 people will gather. Thousands ended up protesting, but official estimates are not available at this time.
The group has stayed west of Mayor Lightfoot’s home, which is near Kimball and Wrightwood. Chicago police officers have the area around her home blocked off.
At the end of the rally, some protesters and police clashed near Logan Square Park. SkyCam9 was overhead when it appeared some arrests were made.
Video footage of the shooting, released Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, shows a CPD officer, later identified as Eric Stillman, shooting Adam once in the chest around 2:30 a.m. on March 29 in the alley of the 2300 block of South Spaulding.
Adam was shot after he and 21-year-old Ruben Roman, allegedly ran away from police who were responding to the area for a report of gunfire.
After the release of the video, small protests were held in some parts of the city.
Toledo’s immediate family has yet to speak publicly, but an aunt of Toledo, Teres Chavarria, urged families Friday to hold their children close at the exact spot Adam was killed.
The Adam Toledo family, through their attorney, released the following statement urging for continued peaceful protests.
“We understand that emotions in the community are running high in the wake of the release of police body camera and other videos depicting the March 29 police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and that protests are planned for later today. The Toledo family implores everyone who gathers in Adam’s name to remain peaceful, respectful and nonviolent and to continue to work constructively and tirelessly for reform. The family is forever grateful to the leaders and members of Chicago’s Latino community and the residents of Little Village for their support in this time of grief and mourning.”