Austin City Council could settle with Larry Jackson Jr.’s kids

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Later this week, the Austin City Council could be settling with the family of a man who was shot and killed during an altercation with an Austin Police Department detective in July 2013.

Larry Jackson Jr., 32, was shot and killed by then Detective Charles Kleinert after a foot chase that ended under the Shoal Creek bridge near West 35th Street.

According to police, on July 27, Kleinert was at the Benchmark Bank in the 1500 block of West 35th Street investigating an unrelated bank robbery when Jackson tried to get into the bank but the doors were locked. When an employee told Kleinert that Jackson was trying to get into the bank, he stepped outside to talk to him but after a few minutes Jackson ran away.

Kleinert chased after Jackson and also received a ride from a passing motorist to help catch up with Jackson underneath the Shoal Creek bridge. After a struggle, the officer’s gun discharged one time striking Jackson in the back of the head. Jackson did not have a weapon on him.

Police believe Jackson was originally at the bank to commit fraud.

Austin attorney Bobby Taylor represents Jackson’s three young children as well as their mother, Alexandria Gladney. The kids, two girls and one boy, live with their mother in Mississippi.

Taylor says he’s been talking with the City of Austin about a settlement for months.

“The City has been cooperative and I hope they can come to a settlement on Thursday,” says Taylor. “We have not filed a lawsuit because we’re hoping the City will resolve it.”

The amount of the possible settlement has not been disclosed. The settlement item is listed as item#15 on Thursday’s City Council agenda.

Jackson’s parents and sister filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City and APD in September.

In October, Kleinert retired from APD and the internal administration investigation case against him was closed. The criminal investigation against Kleinert is still pending with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

Austin City Council’s previous settlements

  • August 2011: Approved a $750,000 settlement for the family of Nathaniel Sanders. Sanders was killed by an Austin police officer in 2009.
  • November 2008: Approved a $1,000,000 settlement for the family of Kevin Brown. Brown was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in June 2007.

The money for settlements comes from the City’s Liability Reserve Fund.

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