Crowd protests officer-involved shooting

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by HEATHER KOVER / KVUE News & Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on July 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:54 AM

AUSTIN -- There's public outcry following an officer-involved fatal shooting on Friday.

Dozens called for justice and asked for answers concerning the death of Larry Eugene Jackson. Sunday afternoon people gathered in front of the Austin police headquarters. They lined the I-35 access road holding signs, demanding that the officer who shot and killed a black man on Friday be held accountable.

Protesters say they want police to know the shooting death of 32-year-old Larry Eugene Jackson won't go unnoticed. Nelson Linder is the President of the Austin NAACP.

"If the government is not going to stop this kind of behavior, then we have no choice but as citizens to get involved ourselves and demand we hold them accountable ourselves," Linder said.

The protest was organized by social media, and brought out several groups including Get Equal, an organization working for full equality for LGBT Americans.

"It's a very obviously racist crime, and it has no place in Texas or in law enforcement," said Tiffani Bishop. 

There are still questions about what happened. It started with a robbery Friday at Benchmark Bank on North Lamar by another man, who police believe robbed several banks in the area in  the past few weeks.

Hours later, while police were investigating, they say Jackson walked up to the bank and tried to open the locked doors. A detective spoke with Jackson outside, and then he ran off and police chased him. There was a short struggle under the Shoal Creek bridge, and that's where police say the detective shot and killed Jackson.

"If pattern seems to repeat itself, then nothing will be done whatsoever to the officer who shot him," Bishop added.

"Our law enforcement is under the watchful eye of the people, just like we're under the watchful eye of the law," Junior West said.

Some compare this shooting death with the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, and say it's another reason to take a stand for the rights of all people nationwide.

Police have not confirmed whether Jackson was armed. He does have a prior arrest record. Officers are also looking for a person who might have witnessed the shooting.

The officer who shot Jackson remains on paid administrative leave. Police did not comment on Sunday's protest.

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