Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot hit back at rumours that she is planning to resign over the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, calling them 'homophobic, racist and misogynistic' on Sunday.
'It's shocking and disappointing to see some media members and verified Twitter handles are peddling this trash as truth,' Lightfoot wrote on Twitter.
'I will continue to lead a group of the willing all across our city who are about doing the people's work. The people of Chicago elected me mayor, and I will continue to serve today, tomorrow and into the future. Back to work,' she continued.
Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured April 15) hit back at rumours that she is planning to resign over the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, calling them 'homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors' on Sunday in a string of tweets
The mayor, who is married to wife Amy Eshleman, said Chicago 'doesn't have any time for homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors, today or any day.'
Former Chicago mayoral candidate Ja'Mal Green seemed to apologise for playing a part in spreading the rumors that Lightfoot intended to resign, but called a number of her election promises 'lies'.
'I know Lori is mad that folks have started rumors and I'm sorry I helped by saying she's resigning but the reality is, we've been lied to since the beginning of this administration,' Green wrote on Twitter on Sunday after Lightfoot's earlier tweets.
'So much that the people have lost hope. 73 percent of Chicagoans think we're on the wrong path!' he added.
The rumors come amid criticism over Lightfoot's handling of the death of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer - Eric E. Stillman - on March 29, 2021.
The rumors come amid criticism over Lightfoot's handling of the death of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old boy who was shot by a Chicago police officer - Eric E. Stillman - on March 29, 2021. Pictured: Toledo with his hands up moments before being shot in the chest and killed
The release of police body camera footage of Toledo's death left Chicago on a knife edge, with police on high alert over protests and fears gangs could retaliate over the shooting
Activists were furious when the mayor called for 'calm' in the wake of Toledo's death, which she called a 'complicated and nuanced story.'
'No parent should ever have a video broadcast widely of their child's last moments, much less be placed in a terrible situation of losing their child in the first place,' she said earlier this month, according to The Chicago Tribune.
'Even as our understanding of this incident continues to evolve, this remains a complicated and nuanced story. And we all must proceed with deep empathy and calm.'
The following day, protesters were calling for her resignation. Chants of 'Hey hey, ho ho, Lori Lightfoot's got to go' were heard at rallies calling for justice for Toledo.
Chigaco's police review board released body camera footage of the March 29 shooting on Thursday last week.
The video showed that Toledo's hands were empty when he was shot, despite police saying he was holding a gun at the time.
'It's shocking and disappointing to see some media members and verified Twitter handles are peddling this trash as truth,' Lightfoot wrote on Twitter on Sunday in a series of tweets
Police say the teen had a handgun on him that morning, and that less than a second passed from when Toledo is seen with a gun in hand and when Stillman opened fire.
The bodycam footage shows the officer shining a light on a handgun on the ground near the teen after he shot him.
Earlier footage also appears to show the boy was carrying a gun in the moments before he was shot, throwing it behind a fence before turning to face the cop.
An attorney for Adam's family said Thursday: 'It could be a gun, I’m not going to deny that but it’s not relevant, because if he had a gun, he tossed it.'
The video's release left Chicago on a knife edge, with police on high alert over protests, and fears that the Latin Kings gang could retaliate for the shooting which took place in their neighborhood of Little Village.
Cop who shot 13-year-old Adam is named as Eric Stillman, 34
The Chicago Police Department typically doesn’t release the names of officers involved in such shootings this early on in an investigation, but Eric Stillman’s name, age and race — he’s 34 and white — were listed in the investigation reports released Thursday.
Adam's family attorney said that she looked into Stillman’s record but found no prior disciplinary issues.
The 10th district patrol officer - who joined the force in August 2015 - has been placed on administrative leave.
Records show he received a Military Service Award from the Police Department.
He was also awarded the Superintendent’s Award of Valor, Block Club Chicago reports.
Whether the officer is charged with a crime is up to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, which gets the accountability board’s report after it completes its investigation.