The Austin Police Department has concluded its internal investigations into the controversial summer shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr., according to Police Chief Art Acevedo.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Acevedo said his department handed the findings of their review to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday. It will now go before a grand jury to determine if 19-year veteran detective Charles Kleinert committed a crime when he shot 32-year-old Jackson in the back of the neck. The grand jury should have their answer in October.
Kleinert questioned Jackson in front of the Benchmark Bank on 35th Street on July 26, where the detective was investigating an unrelated robbery. Jackson ran and Kleinert chased him, commandeering a civilian’s vehicle during the pursuit. Kleinert found Jackson walking down the sidewalk and chased him underneath a park bridge where he was fatally shot.
Police say they have evidence Jackson was at the bank to commit fraud, though why the detective decided to use such significant measures to chase him down is unclear.
Now that APD’s executive review into the shooting is complete, the Citizens’ Review panel will perform its own investigation before Acevedo takes any final disciplinary action. Acevedo said the department’s own disciplinary process will be completed during the first week of November to align with the grand jury’s expected decision date.
“We continue to urge the community to allow these processes to take their course,” Acevedo wrote.