The story revolving around Adam Toledo's death is rife with police failures, asserts Raul A. Reyes of CNN. The 13-year-old boy followed the officer's instructions when he stopped running and showed his empty hands, after dropping a gun he had been holding. Despite no longer posing a threat, he was still killed. Since the story emerged, the police changed its story several times, claiming that Toledo was still armed when shot and that he wasn't following orders, both of which were disproven by the video footage. The fact of the matter is that while the officer was forced into a split-second decision, he decided to kill an unarmed child and must face the consequences.
Adam Toledo's death, while tragic, happened for several complicated reasons, argues Rafael A. Mangual of City Journal. The police officer was forced into an impossible situation, chasing the boy, who was carrying a gun, through a dark alley at 2:30 AM. Toledo was spotted with Ruben Roman, who had recruited him for gang-related activities, when one or both of them shot eight or nine bullets at passing vehicles. His hand contained gunshot residue. Police engaged them after these shots were fired, knowing that they had weapons. The officer would have preferred to arrest both of them. Roman and gang culture are more responsible for Toledo's death than the police.