Family and attorney for Erik Cantu speak for first time

This is the first time the teen’s parents have spoken publicly following the shooting earlier this month.

SAN ANTONIO — More than three weeks after Erik Cantu was shot by a now-former San Antonio Police officer, his family spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday morning.

Ben Crump, lead attorney for Erik and his family, opened a news conference on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse by talking about Cantu’s condition.

“He is continuing to fight for his life on life support… He still has a hole in his chest right before his heart,” Crump said. “The fact that Erik is here is about a miracle every day.”

“This is about vigilance. This is about everyday prayer, first and foremost for Erik’s life.”

Crump said that the family will seek justice for their son.

“You cannot justify this unjustifiable, unconstitutional, excessive use of force on this 17-year-old child who was doing everything right,” Crump said. “He graduated high school early. He had aspirations to be a businessman.”

Erik’s father, Erik Cantu Sr., spoke about his son’s injuries.

“He is getting slightly better. His wounds are healing,” he said. “But Erik’s not our Erik because even though he’s there, now he’s waking up from these sedatives, a cocktail of different sedatives just to keep him alive and comfortable.” 

“He’s such a fighter. He’s so strong, and he’s doing this,” said his mother, Victoria Casarez.

“It’s just been a horrific rollercoaster,” she said. “Our main focus has been Erik’s health… We just want to be there by his side every day. I just want everybody to keep praying for Erik. We need you, he needs you.”

Crump had a warning for other families about what he called “profiling (of) this young Hispanic teenager.”

“If we don’t get justice for Erik Cantu,

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City of Bayswater to ban cats from more than 40 natural areas as well as public places under new local law

The City of Bayswater has garnered support mostly from people who don’t own a cat for its latest crackdown on felines.

More than 542 submissions were received during a public comment period in April on a new local law that bans cats from 42 of Bayswater’s natural areas and any public place unless they’re under “effective control”.

Councilors agreed at a meeting last week to gazette the new local law which will be publicly advertised and considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.

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But according to a city report, some local governments had tried and failed to include similar conditions such as restricting cats from being in a public place and were told to remove the clause.

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Camera IconNora Hughes Wetland Credits: Victoria Rifici

Community support for the new local law during public consultation was high, with 72.9 per cent of people happy with the move. Most of that support — exactly 90 per cent — came from people who were not cat owners.

Those in support of the move wanted the new local law introduced to protect wildlife and cats and believed the same rules should apply for cats as for dogs.

Some people said the new law was not strict enough, the fines were too low, it would be difficult to stop cats from roaming around and they helped keep the local rodent population in check.

Some submitters suggested cat owners should be given help to comply with the new local law with an adequate grace period to fit cat enclosures, possible exemptions for current licensed cat owners, no fines for a first offense and assistance to build or buy a cat enclosure.

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Camera IconRiverside Gardens Credits: Victoria Rifici

Councilors agreed at a meeting in

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