By Daniel Trotta
(Reuters) – San Antonio police on Tuesday arrested one in all their very own just lately fired officers and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault by a public official for capturing an unarmed 17-year-old who was consuming in a fast-food parking zone.
Police body-camera video of the Oct. 2 capturing went viral on social media, displaying then-officer James Brennand opening the driving force’s facet door along with his weapon drawn, demanding the driving force exit the automobile. The officer might then be seen opening hearth as the teenager drove away.
Brennand was fired two days after the capturing.
The sufferer, Erik Cantu, was unconscious and on life help 9 days after being shot, his lawyer stated in a press release.
“This was a failure for one particular person police officer. It had nothing to do with our insurance policies. Our insurance policies don’t permit that. Our coaching doesn’t educate that,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus advised a information convention to announce the costs.
“There isn’t a query in anyone’s thoughts that video that the capturing shouldn’t be justified,” McManus stated.
Brennand couldn’t be reached for remark and it was not instantly clear who had been retained as his legal professional.
Brennand was responding to an unrelated disturbance on the McDonald’s (NYSE:) restaurant when, police stated, he noticed a automobile that he believed had evaded him a day earlier.
Video reveals him opening the door and demanding that Cantu get out of the automotive whereas he was consuming. Cantu asks why and backs up when Brennand fired 5 occasions, then one other 5 occasions because the automotive pulls away.
A buddy within the passenger seat was unhurt. The 2 counts correspond to the 2 folks within the automotive.
Brennand turned himself in after police secured a warrant for his arrest from a choose and he was taken into custody, McManus stated.
The case will probably be turned over to the Bexar County District Lawyer’s workplace to find out what expenses could also be looked for prosecution, McManus stated.