A veteran Chicago prosecutor was upset when he described how police shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in court.
Assistant State Attorney James Murphy is on paid leave with the Cook County Attorney’s Office while the statements he made regarding the shooting of Adam Toledo are under investigation, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Murphy was on leave the day after a bodycam video of the fatal incident in which Toledo dropped a gun and raised his hands when he was shot dead by police officer Eric Stillman.
That was five days after Murphy said in court that Toledo was armed when he was shot and failed to claim he dropped the gun, the video shows. He made the statement during a hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was dating 13-year-old Adam on the night of the shooting.
Prosecutors said Murphy “did not fully inform himself before speaking in court”.
Eric Stillman, the Chicago cop who shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo.Chicago PD
“Such errors cannot occur and this has been discussed with the person concerned. The video speaks for itself, ”the statement said.
Toledo’s death sparked a new round of protests against police brutality in Chicago and other cities, some of which have turned violent.
A protester holds up a placard during a demonstration a day after officials posted a graphic video with a body camera showing a police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo.REUTERS / Eileen T. Meslar