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With OK from police union, city releases shooting report

Friday, May 14, 2010 by Austin Monitor

After receiving written assurances that the police union would not claim that they had violated their contract, the City of Austin on Thursday posted the full contents of a consultant’s report on the shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders.


According to the report by consultants KeyPoint Government Solutions, Officer Leonardo Quintana used excessive force and flawed tactics and that his actions were reckless and they may have been criminal. Quintana was suspended for 15 days by Chief Art Acevedo for not activating his patrol car camera, but was not  disciplined for using improper tactics or excessive force during the incident. Acevedo fired Quintana for allegedly driving while intoxicated earlier this month.


Assistant City Manager Mike McDonald, the point man in dealings with public safety unions, revealed that the city itself had asked a federal judge for a ruling that the city should not release the report. McDonald said city officials had been under the impression that the contract between the Austin Police Association and the city kept them from releasing the KeyPoint report.


However, after looking at release of a similar report, the city and APA decided that there was not a legal reason to withhold the report. City Manager Marc Ott and Chris Perkins, APA president, signed a memorandum of understanding late Thursday to clarify what might be released.


The report is on the city website:

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