In Depth Coverage
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.
Austin police chief Art Acevedo says the complete investigation into the shooting could take three months.
Austin police charged a man they say assaulted an officer during the riot situation a few hours after the shooting.
Sanders' family laid him to rest.
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.
A Travis County grand jury clears Quintana of criminal charges.
Austin's Citizens Review Panel requests an independent review of the shooting.
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.
An arbitrator upheld Acevedo's second firing of Quintana.