AUSTIN – Members of Austin’s Citizens Review Panel and the Austin Police Monitor went behind closed doors Monday night at Austin City Hall to discuss the Larry Eugene Jackson shooting.
Jackson was fatally shot by Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert who reportedly told Internal Affairs investigators that he did not mean to shoot Jackson in the back of the neck during a struggle.
Members of Jackson’s family and their attorneys asked the CRP and police monitor to recommend to APD Chief Art Acevedo that he fire Kleinert.
“My niece and nephews, they call us, we call them every week. And it's just the pain that we're feeling, even today is just unbearable. I would like to recommend, we the family would like to recommend, that Detective Kleinert is fired and also indicted,” said Lakeisha Larry, Jackson’s sister.
Austin attorney Bobby Taylor read a letter out loud from the mother of Jackson’s three children, who reside in Mississippi. The letter portrayed Jackson as a responsible dad.
“When they were at home with me during the school year he would send me money for them. The money would be for pictures, sports. Anything that the children needed, whether it was shoes or clothes,” read Taylor.
On July 26, 2013 Austin police say Jackson went to the Benchmark Bank on 35th Street to possibly pass a forged check. Jackson’s family maintains he was there on legitimate business.
APD said when Kleinert went to question Jackson he took off running. When Kleinert caught up with Jackson, he told superior officers that the two struggled.
“You don't accidentally unhook the safety part of your gun that prevents it from firing accidentally. You don't accidentally point it at somebody, accidentally point it behind their head and accidentally fire it. I've had a hard time explaining to these kids why their dad is accidentally dead,” said Austin attorney Bobby Taylor.
The CRP and the police monitor were expected to be briefed on the forensics of the case behind closed doors Monday night.
Police Monitor Margo Frasier told KVUE that their decision will first go to Chief Acevedo. It will then be up to him to announce what he will do.
APD still has an active internal affairs investigation into the fatal shooting. The department isn’t commenting because of a pending civil suit.
Kleinert is on paid leave pending the outcome.