Fanny Medina on Thursday watched physique digicam footage exhibiting the March 29 police capturing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, not as a result of she needed to, however as a result of she felt she wanted to be told about what was taking place in her group.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot referred to as the movies “excruciating” earlier than their launch earlier Thursday.
Medina is a mom, a Chicago Public Colleges second grade instructor and lifelong Little Village resident—apart from when she went to school. She’s aso elevating her youngsters within the neighborhood.
“It’s enraging,” Medina stated exterior Gary Elementary Faculty, the place each she and Adam Toledo went to high school. “As a mother of two boys, I can’t imagine what Adam Toledo’s mom is going through.”
Medina hopes this serves as a wake-up name for everyone.
“I mean regardless of the situation, regardless of whether this 13-year-old boy had a weapon on him or not, he’s still a boy. Visibly a boy,” Medina stated. “This is not a little boy that looks like a grown man. And even then, police have to … it’s not their job to take matters into their own hands and, you know, make the decision to shoot and kill somebody based on what they think is happening.”
Jesse Huerta is the violence intervention supervisor at Enlace Chicago, which has three outposts in Little Village.
“The community’s hurting. The community’s asking questions. The community’s asking for support. Our youth are asking for support,” stated Huerta on Thursday morning, earlier than the movies have been launched.
Huerta was cautious selecting his phrases, not wanting to place phrases within the mouths of the 13- to 24-year-old he works with. He stated there’s anger, worry and confusion about how and why this occurred.
Thursday afternoon and night, Huerta stated he and different Enlace Chicago violence prevention case managers deliberate to succeed in out to the youth they work with concerning the video exhibiting Toledo’s loss of life. He stated youth must know they’ve an area to have the tough, however essential, dialog about what’s happening.
“The Chicago Police Department is an occupying force in communities of color, Black and brown communities—colonized communities that have been forcibly migrated. So like, it’s like having sharks in a fish tank, all day, every day. Just waiting for an opportunity to attack, to go in, to murder, jail or drag someone away,” stated Bárbara Suarez Galeano, a Little Village resident and a volunteer with Organized Communities In opposition to Deportations.
She stated the Toledo capturing was like pouring salt in an open wound. Suarez Galeano stated she didn’t plan to look at the movies.
“It’s important to not focus too much on the surveillance camera videos and that whole narrative, because we feel like sometimes it’s a distraction from the issue at hand. Which is that every time police are interacting with Black and brown people, they find themselves violating their rights and sometimes murdering them,” Suarez Galeano stated.
Suarez Galeano stated she and others at OCAD aren’t calling for higher coaching or new insurance policies. She needs CPD defunded and the cash invested into communities, together with Little Village.
Baltazar Enriquez, the chief of the Little Village Neighborhood Council, additionally says town must spend money on Little Village. He stated the group has misplaced a commerce college, a Head Begin program, and that residents have needed to combat for what they do have. He says Little Village has a lot to supply, from its banks, meals and music to its hardworking households.
“This is the best community there is, but yet we get treated like animals. Yet we get marginalized. Yet we get called names,” Enriquez stated. “Just like they’re attacking Adam’s mom, just like they’re attacking Adam and shame on those people for attacking us.”
Kim Wasserman of the Little Village Environmental Justice Group says it continues to be a traumatic time. She watched the video Thursday afternoon.
“It’s horrific, it’s absolutely horrific,” she stated. “Our neighborhood has been traumatized. Not just with this, but with repeated racist and violent acts at the hands of the city, at the hands of the Chicago Police Department, at the hands of local industry.”
“We’re expected to bounce back as communities, and it’s hard,” Wasserman stated. “It’s almost impossible because, again, we continue to have our bodies and our community devalued because of who we are, and so it’s really about how do we support this family, how do we support each other.”
Video: Our full interview with Kim Wasserman.
Dr. Howard Ehrman lived in the neighborhood for many years. He’s part of the group group Mi Villita.
“There’s about one second between the time that a Chicago policeman says to raise your hand and he shoots Adam in the chest,” Ehrman stated.
“That policeman shouldn’t have shot at all, but if he was, he could have shot Adam in the leg, he could have shot him in the foot—not that I’m proposing that’s what should have been done,” Ehram stated. “This isn’t a query of coaching. This can be a query of over-policing and defunding the police and slicing it down and giving that cash to social companies, well being and training is what’s wanted.
The capturing occurred a number of blocks from Ald. Michael Rodriguez’s workplace in Little Village. He represents the 22nd Ward, which incorporates components of the neighborhood. Whereas the capturing occurred exterior of his ward, Toledo and his household lived in it.
Video: Our full interview with Ald. Michael Rodriguez.
“We mourn Adam and we grieve as a community,” Rodriguez stated. “I watched the tapes, they were brutal. They were very hard to watch.”
He stated the Chicago Police Division must have an elected oversight board, noting a latest proposal, which was a compromise between two organizations: the Civilian Police Accountability Council and the Grassroots Affiliation for Police Accountability.
Earlier within the day, Lightfoot stated throughout a information convention that Thursday is for grieving and Friday is for reform.
However Huerta of Enlace Chicago says there’s no time to attend.
“We don’t have a tomorrow for some kids, right. The Adam Toledo situation should have never happened. So there is no tomorrow for him or his family,” Huerta stated. “If we keep putting that narrative out there, that there’s a tomorrow … for some people there’s not. There’s a today to start doing that work.”