source: The Davis Vanguard
published: 14 July 2020
Veteran Civil Rights Attorney John Burris, who has represented such high profile police incidents as the beating of Rodney King and the killing of Oscar Grant, calls the shooting death of Erik Salgado and his unborn child the most “murderous” shooting by police he has seen.
The incident took place on June 2, 2020, in broad daylight when CHP officers who remain unidentified by authorities, part of an auto theft task force, opened fire on a red Dodge that had been reported stolen and which they were attempting to stop in their unmarked vehicles.
The CHP fired at least 40 gunshots at the vehicle at a time when Mr. Burris contends that “no officer or civilian was in any danger,” nor does he believe that they had “reason to believe anyone inside the vehicle was armed with any weapon.”
He contends, “Even the theft of the vehicle, for which the occupants of the vehicles were not suspected of, did not occur by means of violence.”
Salgado, 23 at the time of his death, would have turned 24 on Monday. He was shot 18 times and was dead at the scene.