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Latino leaders call for Chicago police to end foot pursuits following death of Adam Toledo

The leaders are calling for a halt to foot chases when no immediate, serious threat is present.

Adam Toledo Family photo

Latino leaders are urging the City of Chicago to put a cease on the police department’s foot pursuits following the deaths of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, who were both shot and killed by a cop just days apart.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Attorney Arturo Jáuregui and several community leaders met on Tuesday (May 4) to share their concerns. “The recent video release of the foot pursuit shootings of Anthony Alvarez and Adam Toledo by Chicago police officers shows a department in crisis,” said Jáuregui. Chicago Police Department’s (CPDs) “inability to protect human life during foot pursuits, and use of force, is further evidence of a department in need of immediate reform.”

Jáuregui called for new procedures and policies for foot pursuits that will outline when an officer should be allowed to engage in a chase and the circumstances in which lethal force can be used. The new policies should also outline disciplinary actions for cops who violate them.

“While a moratorium on foot pursuits will ease some of the psychological trauma that has resulted from these recent shootings in the Latino community, it does not address the underlying causes of the problem,” Jáuregui said. “Comprehensive reforms are needed to address poor and misguided policing practices that have plagued Black and Brown communities for decades.”

Jesse Fuentes, director of policy with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, said the police chases of both Alvarez and Toledo produced “an emotional climate that allowed CPD officers to make an unjustified and irrational decision to kill two Latino young men from our community.” He said that it also stripped them of their right to due process.

Alvarez and Toledo were killed by CPD officers just days apart. In both cases, a cop left their vehicle to chase the victims down an alleyway and made a split-second decision about whether or not they posed a threat. Authorities claim firearms were found at the scene of both shootings, however, the victims’ families say they did not pose a threat to the officers.

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