Settlement offer for children of man killed by officer pulled from agenda

Larry Jackson Jr. (Courtesy: Jackson family)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin did not reach a settlement Thursday with the family of a man shot and killed by a police officer.

Council members said they couldn’t approve a settlement for the children of Larry Jackson Jr. because they want to wait until a Travis County grand jury gets the case.

Attorney Bobby Taylor said the decision puts the three children in a tough spot and has him rethinking his approach.

“It has caused me to rethink what I thought was reasonable efforts to resolve this,” Taylor said. “I’m going to have to do some serious, serious thinking about this.”

In July, Jackson was shot and killed by Det. Charles Kleinert after a foot chase.

The incident started at the Benchmark bank on 35th Street where police were investigating a robbery from earlier in the day. When Jackson, who was not a part of the robbery, showed up at the bank, police confronted him and he ran. Jackson was not armed.

Jackson’s parents and sister filed a civil suit against the city and APD. They are represented by another attorney.

Kleinert retired from APD in the fall and a criminal investigation against Kleinert is still pending with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. A grand jury will take up the case in March.

The amount of the possible settlement for Jackson’s kids and their mom has not been disclosed. The money for settlements comes from the city’s liability reserve fund.

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