Assault charges filed against ex-cop who shot unarmed teen in Texas

The U.S. Justice has filed assault charges against a former police officer of the city of San Antonio, in the state of Texas, for shooting a 17-year-old teenager who was unarmed and eating inside his vehicle.

The policeman, who was fired a few days ago after the incident, has been identified as James Brennand and has turned himself in to the authorities, as explained by the Chief of Police, William McManus, during a press conference.

His arrest came days after he opened fire on the teenager, who was in a McDonald’s parking lot and remains in critical condition due to the severity of his injuries.

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McManus has pointed out that two assault charges have been levied against him given that there were two people in the vehicle, the driver and his passenger. In addition, he has stressed that the shooting “lacks justification, both administratively and criminally”.

The police remain in contact with the Prosecutor’s Office as investigations progress in the lead up to the trial. “We are working to be able to send the proper order to the court, right now we are with that”, he has asserted.

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