AUSTIN (KXAN) — The attorney for the three children of Larry Jackson Jr. hopes to learn Thursday if the City of Austin will settle with them after Jackson was shot and killed by an Austin police detective last summer.
On July 26, Jackson was outside an Austin bank which had been robbed earlier in the day when he was confronted by Det. Charles Kleinert.
Jackson fled, a chase and scuffle ensued, and Jackson was killed when Kleinert’s gun discharged.
Subsequently it was learned Jackson was unarmed and had nothing to do with the earlier bank heist.
Jackson left behind three children, ages 9, 10 and 12.
“I need to stop worrying whether we can get $17 million, $29 million, whatever,” said attorney Bobby Taylor, “and start thinking about how soon we can get money into place where these kids can get some benefit.
“I’m not saying the money will help them grow out of this, but at least they’ll have the clothes, food and education the father would have provided,” he said.
The Austin Police Association opposes any settlement for now, in case it should prejudice a possible grand jury investigation.
Kleinert retired from APD last fall of 2013.
Another Austin attorney, Adam Loewy, represents Billie and Larry Mercer, Jackson’s parents.
In a statement to KXAN, he says the parents “are content to let the process take its course”, and that if the city does not want to settle separately with them, that is the city’s choice.
Jackson’s children live with their mother in Mississippi and she does not want this process drawn out through appeals and lawyer fees.
“It’s to our advantage, to the city’s advantage, to put it behind when it comes to the children,” Taylor said, “because the city is at risk just like we’re at risk.”