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Prosecutor placed on leave after telling court Adam Toledo was armed

Prosecutor placed on leave after telling court Adam Toledo was armed

A veteran Chicago prosecutor was placed on leave amid an uproar over how he described a police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in court.

Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy is on paid leave from the Cook County prosecutor’s office while the statements he made regarding the shooting of Adam Toledo are investigated, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Murphy was placed on leave a day after a bodycam video of the fatal incident showed Toledo dropped a gun and was raising his hands when he was shot by Police Officer Eric Stillman.

That was five days after Murphy said in court that Toledo was armed when he was shot and neglected to state that he had dropped the weapon, as the video shows. He made the statement during a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam, 13, the night of the shooting.

The state’s attorney’s office said Murphy “failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court.”

Eric Stillman, the Chicago police officer who shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Eric Stillman, the Chicago police officer who shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Chicago PD

“Errors like that cannot happen and this has been addressed with the individual involved. The video speaks for itself,” the statement said.

Toledo’s death has sparked a new round of protests against police brutality, some of which have turned violent, in Chicago and other cities.

A protester holds a placard during a demonstration a day after officials released a graphic body-camera video showing a police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old boy Adam Toledo on April 16, 2021.
A protester holds a placard during a demonstration a day after officials released a graphic body-camera video showing a police officer shooting and killing 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
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