A rally was held Friday evening in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, demanding justice for 13-year-old shooting victim Adam Toledo.
The crowd congregated in Logan Square Park, where several of the speakers called for defunding and abolishing the Chicago Police Department. Other speakers presented demands for rent control, better jobs, and increased funding for youth-oriented social programs. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, organizers expressed that these things could be accomplished with a reduction of funding for the Chicago Police Department.
USA Today breaking news reporter Grace Hauck captured some of the event:
More than a thousand people are in Logan Square, Chicago, to demand justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo, fatally shot by Chicago police officer Eric Stillman March 29. pic.twitter.com/1KRMbhHawV
— Grace Hauck (@grace_hauck) April 16, 2021
Organizers of the rally included Leadership Development for the Sustainable Self Determination of Little Village (LVEJO), Community Development Committee of Little Village (Únete La Villita), GoodKidsMadCity, and Chicago Freedom School (ChiFreeSchool).
The Chicago Sun-Times reported,
Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Logan Square Monument Friday evening, holding signs demanding justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in Little Village late last month.
“You have allowed police officers to traumatize us,” Mark Clements, a survivor of police violence, told the crowd.
“We are out here because we watched a child gunned down by the Chicago police. Where’s the integrity?” Clements said.
“I want this whole park to rock,” Clements shouted. “We’re showing [Mayor] Lori Lightfoot: No more. We showing the governor: No more. We showing Toni Preckwinkle: No more!”
Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, was at the event, but did not address the crowd.
The hundreds soon grew to thousands when, after the 90-minute rally, the crowd marched down Milwaukee Avenue, waving signs and chanting. Many were also there to protest the officer-involved shooting of 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, who was shot in Portage Park about two days after Toledo. While passing near Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home, the protestors did not go near it.
When the burgeoning crowd reached the 3-part intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey, and Kimball Avenues, they formed a large circle, and chants to abolish the police were raised. The crowd continued marching after about 15 minutes, down Diversey Avenue, then to Hamlin Avenue, and finally down Fullerton Street. They stopped once again to incorporate another smaller rally, before marching back to the park.
The protest was mostly peaceful, but the crowds clashed briefly with Chicago P.D.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) April 17, 2021
As I reported yesterday,
The bodycam footage from the killing of 13-year old Adam Toledo was released today by Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Along with the Officer’s footage, COPA released 16 body-cam videos, 4 third-party videos, a transmission from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, two audio recordings of 911 calls, six ShotSpotter recordings, and response and arrest reports.
While still under review, it is widely believed that the footage showed Toledo holding up empty hands when he was shot by Officer Eric Stillman.