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Live Coverage: Protests in Chicago Following Release of Video Showing a 13-Year-Old Shot by Police

Zack Miller | The PhoenixAbout 1,500 protestors gathered in Logan Square April 16 calling for justice for Adam Toledo who was fatally shot by a CPD officer March 29.

Demonstrators have gathered in communities across Chicago following the release of body camera footage showing a Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo in the Little Village neighborhood March 29.

The videos were released April 15 by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), an agency that investigates police misconduct allegations. The footage shows Adam with his arms raised just before the CPD officer shot him in the chest.

Phoenix reporters on the ground are covering protests as they happen.

9:00 p.m. Organizers Call for Protestors to Disperse, Head Back to Logan Square Park

After about two hours of marching through Logan Square, organizers called for protestors to disperse and head back to Logan Square Park, where the group originally gathered.

Organizers call for demonstrators in Logan Square to safely disperse after about two hours of marching. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

Demonstrators took a knee at North Hamlin Avenue and West Fullerton Avenue as speakers continued to call for justice for victims of police shootings. Shortly after, the group moved back toward the park.

Speakers address the crowd of demonstrators in Logan Square April 16. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

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8:30 p.m. Police Presence Increases as Demonstrations Continue in Logan Square

As the protests in Logan Square continue after dark, police presence near the protestors has increased. CPD officers are wearing riot gear as a CPD helicopter circles over the group, shining a light on the crowd.

A group of demonstrators are positioned blocks away from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home in Logan Square.

Chicago Police Department Officers wear riot gear as they stand near protestors in Logan Square. | Emily Burdett, The Phoenix

Protestors chanted “CPD, KKK, how many kids have you killed today?” as they met officers at the corner of West Wrightwood Avenue and North Central Park Avenue.

Protestors chant at Chicago Police Department officers as protests continue in Logan Square. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

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7:30 p.m. Protestors March Through Logan Square

Around 1,500 demonstrators marched through the streets of Logan Square from Logan Square Park to the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue, West Diversey Avenue and North Kimball Avenue.

Protestors moved through Logan Square calling for justice for Adam Toledo. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

Once protestors reached the intersection they kneeled in the street with their hands up. The group formed a circle around speakers who shared messages calling for change.

Demonstrators in Logan Square kneeled with their hands up. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix
Protesters form a circle on the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue, West Diversey Avenue and North Kimball Avenue in Logan Square. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

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6:45 p.m. Speakers call for justice for Adam

Speakers in Logan Square Park took turns calling for justice for Adam and changes in the police department, including reform and abolition. The crowd grew to at least 1,500 as the speeches lasted for about an hour.

A speaker began by leading the crowd in chants of “Adam, we love you, we will not stop until there is justice for you,” and a message to Adam’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo, “Elizabeth, we love you, we stand with you, we will fight for justice for your son.”

A speaker at the demonstrations in Logan Square Park calls for justice for Adam Toledo. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

Demonstrators chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” as a speaker recounted Adam’s last moments before he was fatally shot by a CPD officer while his arms were raised.

One of the speakers at the demonstration in Logan Square Park leads the crowd in chanting, “hands up, don’t shoot.” | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

Other speakers included family members of others who were fatally shot by police and members of Justice for Families, a working group of Black Lives Member Chicago that works with families impacted by police violence.

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5:30 p.m. Demonstrators gather in Logan Square

A group of around 300 people has gathered in Logan Square Park, just blocks away from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home. While the group awaits speeches in the park the Chicago Freedom Ensemble has taken the stage to perform to the crowd.

The Chicago Freedom Ensemble provides music to a group of demonstrators in Logan Square Park. | Zack Miller, The Phoenix

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