LULAC Calls For Firing Of Chicago Cop In Death Of 13-Year Old Latino

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Demands Immediate Action for Killing of Adam Toledo

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement after seeing the video evidence released by the Chicago Police Department in the shooting death of 13-year old Adam Toledo, March 29, 2021.

Domingo Garcia – LULAC National President
“Words promising disciplinary action or possible court justice are not sufficient. Fire this officer now and make it clear that it is not open season on Latinos! This is a bad cop who acted out of anger and wanted to get even while Adam, barely a teenager, turned around and was trying to obey the officer’s orders to show his hands. The video shows an execution, nothing less. LULAC demands accountability and anything short of that is unacceptable.”

Jose Lopez - LULAC National Vice-President for the Midwest
“Death in our streets at the hands of law enforcement is becoming an all too common occurrence. Time and again, our communities of color are being told that these are isolated incidents or that they are the fault of the suspect. What do you say when you see the evidence with your own eyes? A boy is standing there with his hands up and he is gunned down as he’s trying to do what he’s told. The officer is agitated and reacts with deadly force. My God, what a senseless loss of a young life.”

Maggie Rivera - LULAC Illinois State Director
“The community is outraged and the family is in pain over what we now know was an unnecessary taking of their loved one’s life. Any mother will cry out for justice when she sees her child killed in cold blood. This video clearly shows Adam was not a threat to the officer at that very moment when the trigger was pulled. Communities of color in Chicago are tired of the aggressiveness of some law enforcement officers and you can see it firsthand in this video. The intent was clearly not to de-escalate the situation.”

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/

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