A Chicago police union boss says a police officer who shot a 13-year-old boy around 2:30 a.m. in a dark alley last month, was “100% justified”.
The shooting sparked public outcry after news outlets published a still image from a police body cam video that showed Adam Toledo raising his empty hands before he was killed.
Chicago police released edited police body cam video earlier this week. The video shows the boy tossing something and quickly raising his hands.
Officials say the teenager tossed a handgun away and then raised his hands before he was shot a split second later.
John Catanzara, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, told CNN the shooting was justified.
“In reality, an average human being could not block someone from slapping him in the face in less time than that,” Catanzara said.
“It’s a good reason why the officer only shot once. He would have been justified to shoot multiple times.”
Police responded to a shots fired call at 2 a.m. in the Little Village neighborhood on March 29. Cops detained a 21-year-old man, Ruben Roman, who was with the boy in the alley.
Prosecutors say Roman handed the firearm to Adam, who fled the scene with the gun.
Surveillance video in the area shows a police officer in foot pursuit of the teen as he fled down an alley.
At the end of the alley, the boy stopped, tossed a small handgun behind a wooden fence, and quickly raised his hands. A split second later he was on the ground, suffering from a sucking bullet wound to the chest.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Catanzara said Adam was a young gang member. “He should have been in school. But we’re not in school learning, now are we?”
“I started my dissertation with saying it is 100 percent justified,” Catanzara said.
“That officer’s actions were actually heroic. There’s a very good reason why he only shot once. Like I said, he could have been shot multiple times but the officer assessed in a split second. Unfortunately he committed to the first shot already. Justifiably so.”
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Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.
Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.
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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.
Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.
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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.
SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:
“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”
Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”
And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.
Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).
He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.
Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.
Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.
“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”
Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:
“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”