CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Police officer who fired the shot that killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Little Village has been identified as Eric Stillman.
Upon learning Stillman’s name, the CBS 2 investigators went to work to find out everything about him and his history.
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• Stillman is 34 years old.
• Per the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the Chicago Police Department is his first job.
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• Stillman is a patrol officer assigned to the Ogden (10th) District, a West Side district that includes Lawndale and Little Village.
• In the five-year period ending in the summer of 2020, Stillman never shot anyone and had nine “use of force” reports. That is a self-reporting mechanism – only one of those reports involved using any sort of weapon, it was a baton. Many officers have dozens of “use of force” reports, and nine is not a lot.
• In nearly three hours of video released today, this is of note – Officer Stillman, after firing the single fatal shot, started rendering aid and desperately calling for help within seconds. He then sits alone, in a reflection on what he clearly knows is a moment where lives changed.
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• It is also of note that officer stillman, in his report denoted the incident as an “investigatory stop.” That is a brief detention of someone suspected of being involved in a crime. While we’re not sure why he marked it as such, CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini recently reported on “investigatory stops” – with regard to concerns over said practice in Chicago, and potentials for abuse. Find that report by clicking here for “Left in the Dark.”