Dante Salinas

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Service Record

Agency 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.[6]

Response Timeline

Salinas was not disciplined for the incident.[5]

In September 2019, the department stated that the use of force was "within department policy".[7]

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 20, 2022, the city agreed to pay $300,000 to settle Salgado's lawsuit.[7]

On September 22, 2022, Salinas was charged with felony aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and two counts of official misconduct.[8]

Dante Salinas

2020 Death of Marcellis Stinnette

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.[9][10]

Parts of the incident were caught on body-worn cameras, in-vehicle cameras, and city surveillance cameras.[11][12] Salinas did not activate his body-worn camera until after the shooting.[10]

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.[10]

On September 22, 2022, Salinas was charged with thee counts of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter.[8] The murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.[9] Salinas pleaded not guilty.[13]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions

References

  1. New Hires, Wayne Motley Waukegan Mayor, 2015-09-28
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Waukegan Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Teen Fired For 'Multiple Policy And Procedure Violations', CBS News, 2020-10-23
  3. Dante Salinas A, Waukegan Police Department, govSalaries
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Salgado v City of Waukegan, U.S. District Court, 2022-07-27
  5. 5.0 5.1 Now-Fired Waukegan Police Officer Dante Salinas, Who Shot And Killed Marcellis Stinnette, Was Never Disciplined In Earlier Disputed Use-Of-Force Incident, CBS News, 2020-11-06
  6. Waukegan Officer Who Shot Man Dead Was Never Disciplined For Past Use-Of-Force Incident, CBS Chicago video, 2020-11-06
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stephan Holt, City of Waukegan Settled With Man Beaten by Officer for $300K, Agreement Shows, NBC Chicago, 2022-09-27
  8. 8.0 8.1 Todd Feurer, Former Waukegan police officer Dante Salinas charged with second-degree murder in 2020 shooting of Marcellis Stinnette, CBS News, 2022-09-22
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ex-Illinois cop charged in 2020 fatal shooting of Black man, WSLS, 2022-09-22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Officer Who Fired Shots That Killed Man And Injured Woman In Waukegan Identified As Dante Salinas; He Has Been In Trouble Before, CBS News, 2020-10-30
  11. Police dashcam footage released in Waukegan fatal shooting of Marcellis Stinnette, Chicago Sun-Times, 2020-10-28
  12. Waukegan police release police shooting video, Daily Herald, 2020-10-28
  13. Ex-cop arrested, charged with murder in 2020 shooting death of Jacksonville man in Illinois, Florida Times-Union, 2022-09-26