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Nathaniel Sanders/Leonardo Quintana Case

May 11, 2009, 5:30 a.m.:
Austin police officer Leonardo Quintana shot and killed 18-year-oldNathaniel Sanders outside an East Austin apartment complex. Sanders and two other men were sleeping a Mercedes station wagon. Police say when Quintana confronted Sanders in the car, Sanders made a move toward agun. Police say a third man in the car ran toward Quintana. That man, Sir Smith (pictured second below), was shot and injured.

May 11, 10 a.m.:
A crowd outside the apartment complex became unruly -- throwing bottles and rocks at officers.

Several officers were injured and several police cars were damaged.

May 12:
Austin police chief Art Acevedo says the complete investigation into the shooting could take three months.

May 13:
Austin police charged a man they say assaulted an officer during the riot situation a few hours after the shooting.

May 18:
Sanders' family laid him to rest.

May 20:
Police release some of the 911 tapes from the shooting.

June 2:The Sanders family sues Officer Quintana and the city of Austin in federal court for violating Nathaniel Sanders' civil rights.

Aug. 5:
A Travis County grand jury clears Quintana of criminal charges. 

Aug. 19:
Austin's Citizens Review Panel requests an independent review of the shooting.

Nov. 4:
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo gave Quintana a 15-day suspension for not turning his dashboard camera on during the shooting. 

Jan. 12, 2010:
Officer Quintana arrested in Leander and charged with drunk driving.

May 8, 2010:
Chief Acevedo fires Quintana because of the drunk driving arrest.

May 13, 2010:
The city releases the report from the independent investigation into Nathaniel Sanders' death

July 9, 2010:
The Sanders family attorney announces the city has agreed to settle their lawsuit for $750,000.

July 29, 2010:
The city council rejected the settlement.

Sept. 2, 2010:
Quintana fights to get job back after DWI firing.

Sept. 15, 2010:
The Sanders family sues the city for breach of contract and fraud because the council rejected the settlement.

Oct. 19, 2010:
New lawsuit filed against former Austin police office Quintana on behalf of Sir Smith.

Oct. 21, 2010:
Arbitration judge gives Quintana his job back.

Oct. 27, 2010:
Acevedo fires Quintana again, this time for a domestic dispute.

Nov. 9, 2010:
Quintana is arrested in Williamson County on domestic violence charge.

Jan. 31, 2011:
Quintana pleaded guilty to Jan. 2010 drunk driving charge.

Feb. 23, 2011:
For a second time, an appeals hearing begins as Quintana fights being fired.

May 4, 2011
An arbitrator upheld Acevedo's second firing of Quintana.



 
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