Chicago – Former Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez on Sunday sharply criticized Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for handling video evidence of the police murder of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
“You have overtaken all of us who are seeking justice in the city of Chicago,” said Gutierrez.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Kim Foxx said she did not see the body camera footage before her prosecutors read a statement of the shooting in court that implied Adam was holding a gun when he was shot.
When the video was later released to the public, Adam appeared to bounce off the gun in the second half before being shot by the officer.
“I said that certainly the State Attorney’s Office would not repeatedly tell the public in Chicago that Adam Toledo was in an armed confrontation with a police officer. And then when I saw the video he broke down and crushed my heart, He had two hands in the air and no gun in his hand, ”Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez criticized Fox for not reviewing the video prior to the prosecutors’ appearance in court, adding that Foxx had no interest in the Latinex constituency.
“No Latino or Latina serves on their top leadership team. And, zero out of eight on the main level. Zero out of seven at the bureau chief level. There are only two latex supervisors in the entire office and only one sub-supervisor out of 700 lawyers, ”Gutierrez said in a statement.
He added that Foxx should “reflect this mess and take corrective measures immediately” at the end of its statement.
FoxX was chosen from its predecessor handling of the Laquen McDonald police shooting with Gutierrez’s support after the video came to light.
“He really disappoints us,” Gutierrez said.
WGN reached out to Kim Foxx’s office to respond to criticism of GGierrez and has yet to receive a response.