Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo took part in a panel discussion Thursday evening about the Trayvon Martin shooting case at Huston-Tillotson University.
The family of Larry Jackson Jr. was in attendance. Thirty-two-old Jackson was shot and killed by and APD detective after a chase and scuffle on July 26. Jackson’s fatal shooting dominated the discussion.
It was the second community input meeting of its kind that Acevedo has attended since Jackson’s death. Last month, an angry audience made their opinion known, but this week, the audience and panel kept a much calmer tone.
They discussed officer-involved shootings from around the country and the controversial stand-your-ground law.
"We need to change these laws, it's not necessary. The Castle Doctrine is in 30 states, if you have a weapon you have a duty to retreat and not to advance,” NACCP Chapter President Nelson Linder said.
Chief Acevedo was joined on stage by local NAACP president Nelson Linder as well as Assistant District Attorney Gary Cobb.
They said this was a good opportunity to open a dialogue with the public and take a closer look at existing laws.
"Anytime that we have an officer involved shooting, it is cause for pause and cause for us to take a hard look at the facts. For any of us to say that we give passes in this police department to our officers, you're not paying attention," Acevedo said.
University professors and local religious leaders also participated in the panel.