Chicago prosecutor who implied boy was armed when shot put on leave

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This image from Chicago Police Department body cam video shows the moment before Chicago Police officer Eric Stillman fatally shot Adam Toledo, 13, on March 29, 2021, in Chicago. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

NOTE: Video in this story has been edited to stop at the moment just before 13-year-old Adam Toledo is shot. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

CHICAGO (AP) — A veteran prosecutor was placed on leave days after he implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a handgun the instant he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer.

The announcement was made Friday, a day after video footage was released to the public that shows Adam had dropped or tossed the gun less than a second before he was shot and killed on March 29.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy “failed to fully present the facts” surrounding the boy’s death during an April 10 bond hearing.

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