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City of San Antonio attempting to block release of public information related to shooting of teen by SAPD officer

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with the town of San Antonio are attempting to withhold the release of public information related to the case of teenager Erik Cantu, who was shot by a San Antonio police officer earlier this month.

Cantu, 17, was shot by ex-San Antonio Police Department officer James Brennand in a McDonald’s parking zone on Oct. 2. Cantu stays hospitalized, whereas Brennand was fired and charged.

San Antonio police launched graphic physique digital camera footage of the shooting three days after the incident occurred. The footage was a portion of what was captured by Brennand’s body-worn digital camera.

KSAT requested further video from Brennand’s digital camera and different officers, as well as to the police report, underneath the Texas Public Information Act, on Oct. 25 and 27.

In response, James Kopp, assistant metropolis legal professional for San Antonio, despatched a letter to the Texas legal professional common on Friday. The letter asks whether or not the town can hold the public data non-public underneath an exception within the state legislation. The Texas Attorney General has the authority to resolve whether or not information might be saved non-public based mostly on its interpretation of the legislation.

Kopp argues that the requested information comprises data that needs to be excepted underneath sure provisions of the legislation.

The preliminary prices in opposition to Cantu, which included evading detention in a automobile and assault on an officer, had been dropped simply days after the shooting by Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

However, Brennand is at present charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony.

He was launched from Bexar County Jail on a $200,000 bond and a listening to has been set for Nov. 23.

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