Oakland — On what would have been the 24th birthday of Erik Salgado his family is demanding the video footage and the names of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who shot and killed him on June 6th. CHP shot as many as 40 rounds into the car killing him and injuring his girlfriend, Brianna Colombo, who was four months pregnant at the time.
Unlike the Oakland Police Department, CHP is not required to release the names of officers who kill, and if they have a history of misconduct. The family of Erik Salgado is calling for an end to the contract that allows CHP to operate on Oakland streets without accountability. The event is a celebration of Erik Salgado as a father, son, and young man by the people who love him in response to CHP public statements trying to dehumanize him and paint him as a criminal.
WHO: Family and community of Erik Salgado; Brianna Colombo who was shot by CHP and Erik and Brianna’s 3 year old daughter; John Burris who is the attorney for the Salgado and Colombo families; The Family of Sean Monterrosa killed by Vallejo PD on June 2nd; Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
WHAT: Press conference and birthday celebration
WHERE: 96th Street and Cherry Street, Oakland
WHEN: Monday, July 13th 2 pm – 4 pm
Zennie62Media note: On Sunday, June 7th 2020, California Highway Patrol (CHP) shot into the car where Brianna Colombo, four months pregnant, sat with her boyfriend Erik Salgado. CHP shot as many as 40 rounds, injured Brianna, and killed Erik. Public Policy Institute of California reports that Black people accounted for 15% of all stops but make up about 6% of the population. Hispanics accounted for 40% of stops, a slightly higher per capita rate, while whites were a third of the stops, a slightly lower rate. Black drivers in California were stopped by police at 2.5 times the per capita rate of whites and searched three times as often. This post based on a press release to Zennie62Media.