AUSTIN -- Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo apologized for comments related to the officer-involved shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson in a memo sent to Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the city council Tuesday.
The memo from the city manager’s office informed Mayor Leffingwell and the city council about remarks made by Chief Acevedo to a lawyer.
According to the memo, Chief Acevedo suggested to the lawyer that her husband (an APD officer) may be interviewed as a suspect in the leak of information in the case involving Detective Charles Kleinert.
According to the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, Acevedo made the comment to a CLEAT staff attorney during a meeting.
City manager Mark Ott ordered Acevedo to apologize to the attorney.
Acevedo said the comments were made in jest but the city says he “acknowledged the poor judgment in making them, and has since rescinded the comments and made a direct apology to the attorney in question,” the memo said.