LOS ANGELES. – This Friday, Bexar County Attorney Joe Gonzales reported that The former San Antonio, Texas, police officer who shot an unarmed Latino minor in his car last October, SHe was convicted of one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
A grand jury indicted 28-year-old former police officer James Brennand on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant and two counts of aggravated assault. One count of attempted murder for the shooting of 17-year-old Eric Cantu on October 2.
It was a grand jury that indicted 28-year-old former police officer James Brennand on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant, as well as One count of attempted murder in the October 2 shooting of 17-year-old Eric Cantu.
The minor was eating with a friend inside a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot when Brennand saw the vehicle and called for backup because he thought the car had been stolen.
When the police officer opened the car door and tried to get Cantu out, Brennand’s body camera captured, But he could not do so as the youth overturned and hit the policeman who fired into the car as soon as the door was open.
Brainend also fired several shots at the moving car. Cantu managed to take the vehicle a few meters when it stopped due to his injuries. The young man was on life support for several weeks. The friend who went with him narrowly escaped.
The reason was the allegations
The first felony assault charge against Brennand is for shooting Cantu, and a second charge of aggravated assault for shooting a friend who was in a vehicle with a minor.
The grand jury also found that Brainand allegedly tried to cause Cantu’s death, charging him with attempted murder.
Prosecutor Gonzales said at a press conference on Thursday night that he would “do everything possible to see justice done for Eric and the rest of his family.”
After the shooting, Brennand, who was on probation with the San Antonio Police Department, was fired after procedural errors were discovered.
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