[TX] Cop-on-cop domestic violence: Austin Police Officer Quintana fired for the 2nd time in five months - Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired Officer Leonardo Quintana (above) for the second time in five months. During an internal hearing Wednesday afternoon, Acevedo made an administrative finding that Quintana committed assault and criminal trespass in October, 2009.
NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Former Austin Police Officer Leonardo Quintana was booked into jail this week for four misdemeanor charges filed by Leander Police in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident last fall between Quintana and his former fiancée, [LN], who is an APD officer. Quintana has been under a microscope since May 2009, when he shot and killed Nathaniel Sanders II in an East Austin parking lot. Quintana was suspended for 15 days in connection with that incident, not for anything directly related to the shooting but for failing to activate his in-car video camera before approaching the car Sanders was in. In January, Quintana was fired after being popped for DWI in Williamson County; that case is still pending. He got his job back when an arbitrator said APD Chief Art Acevedo's decision to terminate Quintana was too harsh a punishment. Less than a week later, however, Acevedo canned Quintana again in connection with a domestic violence incident in October 2009, to which Leander Police responded and which forms the basis for the four charges filed against him this week. Quintana has denied that he was violent with his former girlfriend. [LINK]