Chicago Police Union head calls Adam Toledo shooting 'justified,' says 'officer's actions actually heroic'
The head of the Chicago Police Union on Thursday said that the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo was “justified” and called the officer’s actions “heroic.”
The remarks from Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara came hours after Chicago’s Office of Civilian Police Accountability released bodycam footage of the March 29 incident.
The footage raised questions as to whether Toledo actually had a gun in his hand before he was shot, as police have claimed. A gun is not clearly visible in Toledo’s hand in the video that was released.
In an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Catanzara said that the officer’s actions were “100 percent justified.”
“I started my dissertation by saying it is 100 percent justified. That officer’s actions were actually heroic,” he said. “There’s a very good reason he only shot once. Like I said, he could have been shot multiple times but the officer assessed in a split second.
“Unfortunately, he already committed to the first shot, justifiably so.” https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/548607-chicago-police-union-head-calls-adam-toledo-shooting-justified-says