New video footage in the death of Erik Salgado shows the moments after California Highway Patrol officers opened fire on him and his pregnant girlfriend in a car police say was stolen. Salgado, 23, was killed, in the June 6 shooting, and his pregnant partner lost their child, Salgado’s family told journalist and author Shane Bauer.
Bauer released several video clips via Twitter that he said he received from someone present at the scene of the shooting. Stills from those videos have also been shared in local news coverage in the last day.
Now, organizers and activists alike are demanding police accountability; specifically, that the officers who fired an estimated 40 rounds at Salgado and his partner are identified publicly and brought to justice, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Videos Show During and After the Shooting; Police Released Additional Details That the Salgado Family’s Attorney Disputes
In the videos, one can hear confusion and conversation, as well as the cries of Salgado’s pregnant partner as officers ordered her to get on her knees at gunpoint. Bauer noted it took “a full five minutes after the shooting” before anyone offered aid to the woman and, “at 1:09 am, two hours after the shooting, the injured pregnant woman still [appeared] to be [at the scene].”
KTVU reporter Henry Lee released surveillance footage showing the moment that cops fired dozens of shots at Salgado’s car:
Bauer shared videos showing the moments after Salgado was shot and killed:
In the footage, a neighbor can be heard telling someone to “get the kids down.” Moments later, a voice can be heard saying, “Hands up motherf***er!”
Bauer says this is the voice of an officer shouting to Salgado’s car, telling him to turn the car off, but that Salgado was dead by then.
Salgado’s partner has not spoken publicly about what happened, but Bauer says the woman’s voice in these videos belongs to her. In the next video, voices can be heard saying “can you get out of the car?” and “Get out of the car,” seemingly to a woman.
In the subsequent videos, the screams of a woman can be heard again, with an officer telling someone to give the woman aid. It’s not clear how much time has passed since shots were fired, but Bauer says Salgado’s pregnant partner was on the scene for at least two hours after.
Police have now released additional information on the incident, according to NBC Bay Area, saying highway patrol officers saw the Dodge Challenger “driving recklessly in the neighborhood” and learned the car was one of 74 stolen on June 3 from a local dealership. When they tried to stop Salgado, CHP officers say he rammed their vehicle before they shot him, NBC Bay Area reported.
But John Burris, attorney for Salgado’s family, disputes that claim. “He was shot multiple times before the car rammed. What happened was he was shot, his foot was on the peddle and the car continued to go,” NBC Bay Area reported Burris said.
Protesters Demanded Answers About Why CHP Shot Salgado
Following news of his death, protesters took to the street on Monday, participating in demonstrations in Salgado’s hometown of East Oakland. His sister, Amanda Majail-Blanco, said at the demonstration, via KQED, “Erik was a good daddy, he was a good brother, he was a good primo [cousin], a good dad. He was a product of the streets like all of us are, a product of his environment. That don’t make him a bad person. That don’t make him a criminal.”
She added, per CBS San Francisco, “I want them to be upfront about it. We just want to know why they shot him. Why was it 40 times? Why not try other methods to get him out of the car?“
“The City of Oakland is committed to conducting a rigorous and transparent investigation into this fatal shooting that occurred in our city,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said on Monday.
According to Lee, the Oakland Police Department “made clear they did not open fire.”
Though Salgado’s partner has not spoken publicly, she was listed as being in stable condition at a nearby hospital by CBS San Francisco on June 8.