Dante Salinas

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Service Record

Waukegan Illinois Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2015[1] - October 2020.[2]
Salary $90,367 (2020)[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Incident Reports

2019 Arrest of Angel Salgado

In September 2019, Salgado claimed that he was attending a family baptism party when Salinas stopped, drew his gun, threatened Salgado, and tased him. Salgado resisted what he felt was an unlawful arrest until Salinas and other offers were able to handcuff him. Salgado claims that Salinas struck him in the face with the butt of his weapon after he was handcuffed.[4]

Salinas clams that Salgado flagged him down and "kept yelling and advancing in a menacing manner", causing his reactions.[5]

Salgado was charged with resisting arrest.[4]

The incident was captured on Salinas' body-worn camera.[5]

Response Timeline

Salinas was not disciplined for the incident.[5]

On July 1, 2020, Salgado pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.[4]

On August 28, 2020, Salgado filed a lawsuit, claiming assault, battery, false arrest, and use of excessive force.[4]

On July 27, 2022, the case was dismissed after the parties resolved the case.[4]

2020 Death of Marcellis Stinnette

Dante Salinas booking photo
Dante Salinas

On October 20, 2020, Officer James Keating stopped a car containing Stinnette and his girlfriend. After the first officer announced that Stinnette would be arrested on a warrant, the girlfriend drove off, and led officers on a chase before crashing. The girlfriend attempted to reverse the vehicle, and Salinas fired at her even though he was not in the path of the vehicle. The driver was injured, and Stinnette was killed.[6][7]

Parts of the incident were caught on body-worn cameras, in-vehicle cameras, and city surveillance cameras.[8][9] Salinas did not activate his body-worn camera until after the shooting.[7]

Response Timeline

By October 23, 2020, Salinas was fired for "multiple policy and procedure violations".[2]

On October 28, 2020, the driver filed a lawsuit, claiming Salinas used excessive force.[7]

On September 22, 2022, Salinas was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and felony counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and official misconduct. The murder charge carried a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.[6]

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