NAACP files brief in Charles Kleinert case

Charles "Trey" Kleinert at indictment hearing. (KXAN Photo)
Charles "Trey" Kleinert at indictment hearing. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A brief was filed Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the Austin NAACP chapter and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches concerning the police shooting of Larry Jackson in 2013 by police officer Charles Kleinert.

The brief argues that, contrary to the opinion of the federal district court, it can never be considered “necessary” to put a suspect of a nonviolent crime at risk of serious injury or death.

“[Through] legal technicalities, the local authorities have been preempted in doing justice for the Jackson family and the African-American community,” a statement read. “It is because of this atrocious outcome that we felt obligated to let the community and the nation know that we strongly oppose what has happened.”

Kleinert shot and killed Jackson Jr. in July of 2013 after Jackson Jr. appeared at the scene of a bank robbery in Central Austin. Jackson Jr. fled the scene as Kleinert questioned him, prompting the veteran police officer to chase Jackson Jr. who was shot during a struggle.

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