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Erik Cantu’s family to speak publicly for first time after teen was shot by SAPD officer

SAN ANTONIO – The family of an adolescent who was shot by a San Antonio police officer in early October is predicted to speak to the general public on Tuesday for the first time for the reason that taking pictures.

Per week after the family retained high-profile civil rights lawyer Ben Crump to signify them, the nationally-known lawyer is in San Antonio for an 11 a.m. press convention on the Bexar County Courthouse.

KSAT will livestream the occasion within the media participant on the high of this text.

“On October 2, Cantu was eating in his vehicle in a McDonald’s parking lot, with a passenger beside him. Cantu, who was unarmed, was approached by San Antonio Police Officer James Brennand,” a press release from Crump reads partly. “Brennand, who was there on an unrelated case, opened the car door a few seconds later and fired five shots into Cantu’s vehicle, then five more after the car started to drive away.”

Cantu sustained accidents to his abdomen, liver, diaphragm, lungs and arms, as well as to different locations, in accordance to the family’s former lawyer Brian Powers. Cantu’s family initially retained Powers to signify their son after the 17-year-old was charged by proxy with evading detention in a automobile and assault on an officer. Those fees had been dropped simply days after the taking pictures.

“I’ve instructed my office to dismiss the cases against this young man… That’s not to say that charges can’t or won’t be brought against that individual, but for now, that is the decision that we are making,” Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales mentioned.

Brennand, nevertheless, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony. He turned himself in on the Bexar County Jail and was launched a day afterward a $200,00 bond. A listening to is about for Nov. 23.

SAPD launched body-worn digital camera footage of the taking pictures three days following the incident.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has known as the video “horrific” saying “there is no question in anybody’s mind looking at that video that the shooting is not justified.”

The 17-year-old feminine passenger within the automotive with Cantu on the time was not injured within the taking pictures.

You can watch the video launched by SAPD of the taking pictures under. WARNING: Video is graphic and viewer discretion is suggested.

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