Protests Continue In San Antonio After Deputy Shoots Army Vet During Wellness Check

YET AGAIN, POLICE IS CALLED TOBLACK HOME AND THE FAMILY END UP WITHDEAD LOVED ONE

Protesters in San Antonio were plan­ning to demon­strate again on Friday evening after for­mer com­bat vet­er­an Damian Lamar Daniels, 31, was fatal­ly shot by deputies dur­ing a men­tal health call on Tuesday. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Thursday that Daniels and his fam­i­ly made four sep­a­rate calls in the lead up to the shoot­ing, report­ing that Daniels was sui­ci­dal and suf­fer­ing para­noid episodes. In the final call­out, Salazar said deputies could see a “bulge” at Daniels’ hip that they assumed was a hand­gun. As they tried to detain Daniels, a strug­gle broke out and Daniels’ tried to grab a deputy’s stun gun and then reached for his own gun, Salazar said. Deputies were “plead­ing” with Daniels to let go of his gun and “it was very clear they were in a fight for their lives,” he added.

Salazar’s office released pho­tos of the encounter “in the inter­est of trans­paren­cy and time­li­ness.” “Quite frankly, I’m still real­ly quite in awe of the restraint, the lev­el of restraint, shown by our deputies,” he said. One pho­to, tak­en from a body cam­era, shows the bulge inside Daniels’ shirt. S. Lee Merritt, a fam­i­ly attor­ney, said Daniels had a legal gun on his hip “that he nev­er removed” and his fam­i­ly had asked the Red Cross to get Daniels to the VA. The inci­dent prompt­ed pro­test­ers to gath­er out­side the Sheriff’s office and Bexar County Jail. One orga­niz­er told San Antonio Express-News that they don’t think offi­cers are equipped to han­dle men­tal health calls.