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Bennett Capers, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham University, said prosecutors were more likely to respond to public calls for police officers to be charged with violence incidents.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd’s death, is ongoing in Minneapolis. Earlier this week, another Minnesota police officer, Kimberly A. Potter, shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright while in a traffic obstruction. Three days later, she was charged with second degree manslaughter. The officer who shot Laquan McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, was convicted of second degree murder in 2018. He became the first police officer to be convicted of murder in an on-duty shooting in Chicago in nearly 50 years.

Prosecutor Stillman would be “difficult, but not impossible,” for prosecutors, Capers said.

“Apparently the police said the boy had a gun and threw the gun and all of this happened in a split second,” he said. “Are we really saying that an officer has the right to shoot anyone who is holding a gun?”

An attorney for Officer Stillman said the shooting was tragic but justified given the nature of the threat. “The cop was put in this instant situation where he has to make a decision,” said attorney Timothy Grace.

Illinois representative Jesus Garcia, known to most Chicagoans as Chuy, said he had spent some time over the past few days reflecting on his own experiences, growing up and raising a family in Little Village, and working in the neighborhood Working to prevent violence has been plagued by gang wars.

“Adam and so many other children died of gun violence and gang violence,” he said. “There is no justice for Adam because his life was taken away. Nothing will bring him back. In a way, we are all guilty, as a community, as a society, for allowing his situation to occur and failing to see the danger signals that this young man needed help. “

Adam’s family has held back, asking for privacy and urging protesters to remain peaceful.

“The Toledo family implores everyone who gathers in Adam’s name to remain peaceful, respectful and non-violent and to continue to work constructively and tirelessly for reform,” the family said in a statement Friday. “The family is grateful to the leaders and members of the Chicago Latino community and residents of Little Village for their support through this time of grief and grief forever.”

Ellen Almer Durston and Kerry Lester contributed to the coverage.