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Chicago braces, boards up in anticipation of riots, after release of fatal police shooting video

Police officials just released body-cam footage of a 13-year-old Chicago boy shot by police in March, and business are preparing for violence.

Updated: April 16, 2021 - 5:47pm

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Chicago property owners are boarding up window fronts and making other such preparations in anticipation of demonstrations turning into riots, following the release Thursday night of police body-cam video showing a police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old last month.

The video shows an officer shoot teen Adam Toledo in the chest after he appears to be holding a pistol in one hand, then raising both hands, at the end of a foot chase down an alley.

The family attorney argues Toledo did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot. Police recovered a gun from the scene, and Toledo's right hand reportedly tested positive for gunshot residue. 

Residents protested Thursday night, but there has so far been no reports of rioting. 

Still, social media posts show many businesses preparing for the worst – having secured windows and doors with plywood before the video was released. 

"The young man did have a gun and everything happened so quickly. It is not an extended video," City Alderman Chris Taliaferro said. "Everything happened so quickly, and the officer took immediate action to render aid to Mr. Toledo."

Chicago residents are tweeting images of the preparations, which also could be attributed to the conclusion of the George Floyd trial next week.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is facing charges of murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's May 2020 death while in custody. Floyd's death sparked a summer of demonstrations and riots around the world. 

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