The family of a 17-year-old who was shot multiple times by a San Antonio cop in a McDonald’s parking lot has revealed that their son suffers from pneumonia and experiences frequent hallucinations.
Erik Cantu was shot at five times by rookie officer James Brennand, 25, while he and a female passenger were eating in Cantu’s 2008 BMW 1281 on Oct. 2.
His parents, Erik Cantu Sr. and Victoria Casarez, said he will now go into cardiac arrest if doctors reduce his pain medication. He also experiences hallucinations where he mimics the accelerator pedal of a car.
Due to his prolonged intubation of three weeks in the ICU, he also has pneumonia.
“These are the things we should see every day and that no one should see and no one should feel,” said Cantu Sr.
Cantu is expected to remain in the ICU for at least another three weeks and remains in critical condition.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, said the parents are seeking murder charges against Brennand. A civil procedure is not excluded.
Erik Cantu’s parents, Erik Cantu Sr. (left) and Victoria Casarez, speaking to the public for the first time since their son was shot in San Antonio
Cantu, who was shot multiple times by Brennand while eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger in his car, is currently on a ventilator after several of his organs were punctured in the shooting.
Cantu Sr. revealed that his son now experiences frequent hallucinations, including mimicking hitting an accelerator while hanging up finger guns
Cantu Sr. and Casarez spoke about their son’s recovery after rookie cop James Brennand, 25, fired 10 shots at their son’s car, hitting him up to five times
The family is now represented by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who previously represented the families of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Crump said he has not ruled out filing a civil suit against Brennand, alleging the officer violated Cantu’s Fourth Amendment right
Rookie San Antonio cop James Brennand, 25, shot 17-year-old Erik Cantu while he was sitting in his car in a parking lot at McDonald’s
Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales reportedly told Cantu’s family that Brennand assumed he was a suspect because he was “a Hispanic kid with a bowl-shaped haircut.”
Crump alleges Brennand violated Cantu’s Fourth Amendment rights by assuming Cantu stole the vehicle he was driving.
“That’s it,” Crump said. ‘That’s why we’re here. That’s why (Brennand) fired 10 times.’
The family also revealed that there are more bodycam images that have not been released to the public.
Cantu Sr. recalled the footage, adding that Cantu called his mother and said “I was shot” while Brennand handcuffed the injured teen.
“Yes, you have, because I shot you,” Brennand is said to have replied.
Because Brennand showed “no humanity” in the unreleased footage, in addition to a false accusation by the officer that Cantu hit Brennand with his car, the family is now demanding that his $200,000 bail be revoked.
“No one is safe with him on the street,” Casarez said.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said he believes “no one is watching that video that the shooting is not justified” and that the bodycam footage is “horrific” to watch.
James Brennan’s Mugshot
In the bodycam footage, Cantu can be seen driving off as Brennand
DailyMail.com revealed Brennand handcuffed Cantu after opening fire and as teen gasped on pavement
Cantu’s passenger has been left in shock and also feels guilty because it was her decision to head east that evening, she told DailyMail.com.
Cantu, who she is dating, wanted to dine inside, but she was tired and begged him to use the drive-through so they could just eat in the car, sources said.
After collecting their order from the window, they parked in the parking lot and listened to music as Cantu took his first few bites.
Then the officer saw the maroon car and suspected it had been stolen.
Police confirmed that Cantu’s car had a license plate registered to another vehicle, but did not confirm whether it had been stolen.
Brennand opened the door abruptly and demanded Cantu get out.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said he believes “no one is in doubt when watching that video that the shooting is not justified”
Cantu’s family expects him to stay in ICU for the next two to three weeks
The girl has said she was both shocked and anxious and did not understand what was happening, sources told DailyMail.com.
Brennand’s bodycam images show the first meeting.
While Cantu questioned the officer’s orders, he attempted to reverse the car and the door caught Brennand, who quickly fired several shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Cantu tried to drive away, but Brennand kept firing, firing a total of ten shots, four or five of which hit the teenager.
The girl heard the loud booms of gunshots as they drove away. They then stopped a block away.
The girl helped Cantu unfasten his seat belt and they both got out. Cantu held his shot arm, unaware that he had been hit elsewhere.
“He thought it was just his arm,” said a source.
Family attorney Brian Powers said Cantu sustained injuries to his stomach, liver, diaphragm, lungs and arms.
He yelled “help” and told her to “call an ambulance,” the source added.
Cantu sustained injuries to his stomach, liver, diaphragm, lungs and arms
She laid his head on her lap on the sidewalk. She saw blood coming from his stomach and also screamed for help.
Moments later, the officer caught up with them. According to the girl’s story, Brennand tied Cantu’s hands behind his back while telling her to look away.
While it is standard procedure for officers to cuff a suspect even before providing assistance to prevent potentially unruly behavior, several people close to Cantu told DailyMail.com that they found it deeply inappropriate, as the officer is the one who shot the unarmed teen repeatedly.
They also thought it was bizarre that he would tell his passenger to look away, regardless of his intent.
Authorities have not yet released bodycam images of the cuffing. They say Brennand is administering CPR while waiting for an ambulance.
He has since been charged with two charges of aggravated assault by an official after turning himself in to the Bexar County Jail.
There will be a hearing on November 23.