Jackson family rallies for grand jury to make

Austin (KXAN) – The family of a man killed by an Austin Police detective continued their crusade for a grand jury indictment on Sunday.

Family and friends of Larry Jackson Jr. hope to keep pushing prosecutors to indict former detective Charles Kleinert who shot him last summer.

On Friday some of Jackson’s family testified to a grand jury.

Police say Jackson ran from officers after showing up to a bank where police were investigating an unrelated robbery.

Self-defense has been used in previous cases of police shootings.

Family’s attorney believes other this and other possible justifications will fall short.

Jackson’s step-father hopes prosecutors will hear them out.

“We’re hoping that they’re listening to what we’re trying to get done here,” said Larry Mercer. “It seems to fall on deaf ears most of the times, but we’re just going to give it our best shot.”

The grand jury will also hear testimony from Kleinert and others to help them determine if the shooting was justified or one that should be prosecuted criminally.

The grand jury is expected to return a decision in the next week or two.

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