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Prosecutor on Leave Over Statements About Adam Toledo Shooting



A Cook County, Illinois, prosecutor who appeared in court in a case last weekend related to the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo has been placed on paid administrative leave after he “failed to fully present the facts,” the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.

“In court last week, an attorney in our office failed to fully present the facts surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement. “We have put that individual on administrative leave and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.”

Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy will be on paid administrative leave pending investigation, the office added.

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Earlier this week, the office said Murphy “failed to fully inform himself” before speaking on the case, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.

“An attorney who works in this office failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” a spokesperson said in a statement in response to questions over whether or not the teen was in fact holding a gun at the time of the shooting. “Errors like that cannot happen and this has been addressed with the individual involved. The video speaks for itself.”

Prosecutors last weekend provided a detailed account of what precipitated the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo by a Chicago police officer as a judge set bond at $150,000 for the 21-year-old man who was with the teen at the time.

Ruben Roman, who was represented by a public defender at a Cook County bond court hearing, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and child endangerment.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability – Chicago’s police oversight agency investigating the shooting – released the videos on Thursday, two days after Toledo’s family was shown the footage and 17 days after the shooting itself.

Body-camera footage of the shooting was made public, along with multiple third-party surveillance videos and other materials related to the investigation, including ShotSpotter recordings, audio of 911 calls and incident reports.

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