Anne Meyer, January 4, 2015
The family of John Paul Quintero, who was shot and killed by a Wichita Police Officer Saturday night, confirms they are talking to Attorney Benjamin Crump. Crump represented Trayvon Martin’s family in Florida and is currently representing the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Quinteros plan to talk with Crump again later this week.
Wichita Police said Monday they would no longer comment on the case, and instead referred all questions to the Sedgwick County District Attorney. That office investigates all officer involved shootings.
WPD paperwork from the incident on Oliver Saturday night, Quintero threatened to stab three family members including his father.
In addition to talking with an attorney, the Quintero family is also asking for help to pay for John Paul’s funeral. They are putting signs up around town and also started a GoFundMe account. That address is below.
According to court records in San Antonio , Texas, Quintero was charged in 2011 for hitting a police officer.
Sunday: The family of the man shot by Wichita Police Saturday night have questions about what happened. They say John Paul Quintero did not have a knife when the officer shot him, so they want to know why police had to killed him.
“He was like a big kid, he loved playing with all his cousins,” said Alina Quintero, John Paul’s cousin. “He wanted to travel the world and obviously he can’t do that now.”
The Quintero family sat by each other in support as they remembered the life of John Paul, who they called JP.
“He just turned 23, his birthday was just two days ago,” Alina added.
The family admits John Paul was drunk and had a knife when he got into an incident at the home on Oliver Saturday night, so several family members called 911 for help. But they say he was not armed when police got there.
“There was knife present, but it was in the back of the SUV and out of arms reach for my cousin to even grab it,” Alina Quintero said.
The family feels officers escalated the situation and used a gun too soon against John Paul.
“It wasn’t right for them just to kill him for no reason at all, like we called you for help and instead of coming to help us you destroyed us,” Alina said.
Quintero family statement:
My name is Alina Quintero. I am the cousin of John Paul Quintero and the spokesperson for our family.
At this time I’m going to read a statement prepared by our family and will not be taking any questions.
Last night, my cousin John Paul Quintero was executed in front of his father by Wichita Police. Our family is devastated at the senseless killing of our family member.
John Paul was a loving person, he was well liked by his friends and family and enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He also enjoyed reading about the law in his spare time and felt that he needed know his rights.
We called the police for help during an incident that had involved knives in the home and had since been resolved. This call was placed by his father, my uncle and by his aunt, who was no present at the home, for the safety of her daughter and to further deescalate the situation so that everyone could make it home safely.
We believe that the police will try and say that there was a knife present at the scene. We would like to confirm that they confiscated knives from the home as well as a knife in the car. However the knife found in the truck was in the back and out of reach of John Paul. None of the knives from the home were outside of the home.
The police escalated a situation that could have been resolved and the officer that killed John Paul shot him with her service rifle all but eliminating his chances of survival, while he was both unarmed with his hands up and intoxicated, likely not having full capacity to follow officer commands.
To add insult to injury the police have only contacted us to place blame on John Paul, which we reject. We want justice for John Paul, who like others across the country who are gunned down, while unarmed, by police.
Right now our family has yet to make final arrangements as that his mother is in route from Texas. We plan to hold arrangements in San Antonio, TX. John Pauls hometown. In the meantime we have set up a Go Fund Page which can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/jo6t6o to help pay for arrangements and expenses for our family.
Anne Meyer, “High Profile Attorney Talks to Family of Man Killed by WPD”, Eyewitness News 12, January 4, 2015, http://m.kwch.com/news/family-of-man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-speaks-out/30525882?ver=7