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Erik Cantu’s father says teen has made some progress after being shot by San Antonio police officer

SAN ANTONIO – The teenager shot by a San Antonio police officer on Oct. 2 is making some progress.

“The last two days, after 14 scary unsettling days, Erik has made some progress. He has a long way to go but we will take any and every little bit we can get,” Cantu’s father wrote in a submit shared on a crowdfunding web site Tuesday by Cantu’s uncle.

Brian Powers, the previous lawyer for the household, informed KSAT through e mail on Oct. 13 that Cantu was nonetheless on life assist and combating a excessive fever whereas connected to mechanical air flow.

“The bullets brutally tore through his stomach, liver, diaphragm, lungs and arms. Bullets from the two rounds grazed him deeply on other places of his body,” Powers stated. “His body has suffered so much from the damage and invasive surgeries to keep him alive.”

The household has since retained famend civil rights legal professional Ben Crump, who can be representing Cantu alongside co-counsel Paul Grinke.

Powers was initially retained as Cantu’s protection counsel after the teen was charged by proxy with evading detention in a automobile and assault on an officer following the incident.

The fees have been dropped by Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales on Oct. 7 so his mother and father may go to him within the hospital.

“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,” Gonzales stated.

Cantu’s father additionally stated in his replace {that a} current prayer vigil for Erik is “paying off.”

“These type of events will change a man and I feel it. They do that in many ways as making one stronger in faith, determination, and will to make the world a better place. I know with the support Erik and I have, we will do all we can to make that change,” he stated.

Cantu was shot in a McDonald’s car parking zone by now-former officer, James Brennand, who opened the door to the automobile {the teenager} was driving and ordered Cantu to “get out of the car.”

Brennand tried to bodily take away Cantu from the automobile after which the teen put the automobile in reverse with the door nonetheless open.

Brennand began to fireside pictures into the automobile whereas Cantu and a 17-year-old feminine passenger have been nonetheless inside.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus known as the body-worn digicam footage launched by the San Antonio Police Department following the incident “horrific.”

“There is no question in anybody’s mind looking at that video that the shooting is not justified,” McManus stated.

Brennand has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, a first-degree felony. He turned himself in to Bexar County jail on Oct. 11 and was launched the next day on a $200,000 bond. A listening to has been set for Nov. 23.

Previous stories have said that Brennand stated he suspected the automobile Cantu was driving was stolen. San Antonio police have since confirmed that Cantu was not driving a stolen automobile.

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

SAPD officer who shot teen exterior McDonald’s restaurant fired following assessment of incident. WARNING: VIDEO IS DISTURBING

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