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CHP to pay $7M to settle lethal capturing lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – California Freeway Patrol has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a capturing that killed Erik Salgado again in 2020. The 23-year-old was shot greater than a dozen occasions.

KRON4 spoke to his sister, who says she is grateful that they’ve settled the case for some huge cash. However no cash will carry him again, and she or he says she nonetheless struggles with that on daily basis.

“No value will ever be capable to substitute the worth that my brother introduced,” she mentioned. 

It has been greater than three years since Salgado was shot and killed by a CHP officer again on June 6, 2020. His sister Amanda Majail-Blanco says she’s been combating for justice since that day.

“I’ve needed to change my entire life,” she mentioned. “The work that I do now could be similar to my life experiences. I help different households who additionally misplaced their family members by police. To me, that form of helps me be extra sane.”

Police say they have been chasing Salgado, who they are saying had stolen a automotive. He then crashed it into two patrol vehicles in San Leandro.

Officers fired at Salgado, hitting him greater than a dozen occasions. His pregnant girlfriend was additionally within the automotive on the time of the crash.

She was injured and her unborn child didn’t survive. Each Salgado and his girlfriend have been unarmed. Salgado leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter who will probably be financially supported by the settlement.

“What good got here out of that positively is my niece goes to have the ability to be okay and that’s positively what’s extra necessary,” Majail-Blanco mentioned. 

In April of final 12 months, a report from then-Alameda County District Lawyer Nancy O’Malley discovered the officers have been justified in utilizing lethal power and didn’t face any fees. However Salgado’s sister says they plan to submit the case to the brand new D.A., Pamela Value, for prosecution.

“The necessary half is to proceed bringing their names again up as a result of it’s not simply Henderson. It was different officers that have been additionally concerned,” mentioned Majail-Blanco. 

Salgado’s sister says the household’s focus now could be on pursuing the felony case throughout the subsequent few weeks.

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