A former San Antonio, Texas, police officer who shot and wounded a 17-year-old as the teenager put his automotive in reverse whereas consuming a hamburger has been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant and one depend of tried homicide, prosecutors mentioned Thursday.
James Brennand, 28, was a rookie officer when he was fired and charged with the 2 counts of aggravated assault after capturing Erik Cantu on Oct. 2 in a McDonald’s parking zone.
Bexar County District Lawyer Joe Gonzales mentioned that one of many aggravated assault costs is for capturing Cantu and the opposite is for capturing within the route of his feminine passenger. He mentioned the tried homicide cost pertains to the capturing of Cantu.
Aggravated assault by a public servant is punishable by as much as life in jail, whereas tried homicide is punishable by as much as 20 years in jail, Gonzales mentioned.
“We all know that almost all officers on this metropolis care deeply about this neighborhood, however we can’t have a protected metropolis if the neighborhood doesn’t have belief within the felony justice system,” Gonzales mentioned.
Teen launched from hospital
One in every of Brennand’s attorneys, Nico LaHood, mentioned Thursday that thus far, Brennand’s facet of the story hasn’t been instructed, saying that there is been an preliminary “rush to judgment angle.”
Video of the episode from Brennand’s body-worn digicam has been launched by police.
“We anticipate extra info can be revealed that may additional make clear this incident,” LaHood mentioned.
Cantu was launched from the hospital final week, almost two months after the capturing. In a press release after his launch, his mother and father mentioned he “nonetheless has an extended highway to restoration.”
Household lawyer Ben Crump, who has taken on a number of the nation’s most high-profile police killings of Black individuals, mentioned in a press release that the indictments had been “a aid” for the household.
“Erik and his household are grateful for the outpouring of help they’ve obtained, not solely in Erik’s struggle for survival, but additionally in our struggle for full justice,” Crump mentioned. “In the present day, we’re one step nearer.”
Brennand had been responding to an unrelated disturbance on the McDonald’s when he noticed Cantu in a automotive he believed had evaded him the day earlier than throughout an tried visitors cease, police had earlier mentioned.
Police mentioned Brennand violated his coaching and police procedures after approaching the automotive, which they mentioned he believed to have been stolen. Though the automotive’s registration plates did not match the automobile, the automotive was not stolen, based on police.
In physique digicam footage launched by police, Brennand opens the automotive door and tells Cantu to get out. The automotive then drives backward with the door open, and the officer fires a number of instances into the automobile. He continues to shoot because the automotive drives away.