Kleinert Hearing Postponed: Jackson's Sister Reacts

Family continues to mourn

LaKiza and Larry Jackson Jr.
LaKiza and Larry Jackson Jr. (Photo courtesy of LaKiza)

Last week, the pretrial hearing for former Austin Police Department Detective Charles Kleinert was rescheduled for the fourth time – pushed back from Oct. 1 to Nov. 12. Kleinert was indicted for manslaughter in May, after he shot Larry Jackson Jr. in the back of the neck on July 26, 2013.

On that day, Kleinert had been called to investigate the robbery of a bank. After Jackson twice tried to open the front door of the bank, which was locked, the bank's manager told the detective that Jackson had misidentified himself; when Kleinert confronted him, Jackson ran. Although Jackson was not accused of robbing the bank, Kleinert pursued him, at one point commandeering a car to continue the chase, which ended in Jackson's death. He was unarmed.

Jackson's older sister, LaKiza, hopes that Kleinert's case will go to trial and would like to see a date set. She has repeatedly called for justice for Jackson, her only sibling. For her and the rest of Jackson's family, the shock and pain of his death is still fresh. "We miss him tremendously," she says. "People say with time the pain will lessen. For us that hasn't happened." Over the past year, Jackson's family has struggled to deal with the loss of a loving and attentive son, father, brother, and uncle; a man who "wouldn't let you have a bad day," according to his niece. "It has aged my mother, and it's changed me into a person I don't even know," claims LaKiza. She's frustrated that after her brother was killed, his criminal record and the results of a drug test performed during his autopsy were publicized, seemingly as justification for Kleinert's actions. "They always criminalize the victim and glorify the cops," she argues. "Is going to the bank a capital offense?"

LaKiza believes a trial of Kleinert (who resigned from APD) would offer Jackson's family their best shot at justice: "Kleinert needs to be in prison." She sees her brother's death as part of a pattern of killings of unarmed minorities, and thinks a conviction would set an example. "Black and brown people shouldn't have to fear for their lives every time they walk out the door. ... Their lives matter."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Larry Jackson Jr.
Questions Remain After Officer-Involved Shootings
Questions Remain After Officer-Involved Shootings
Three APD officers placed on leave after police-involved shootings

Chase Hoffberger, May 29, 2015

Kleinert a Fed?
Kleinert a Fed?
Jackson manslaughter case may turn on jurisdiction

Amy Kamp, April 17, 2015

More Charles Kleinert
Kleinert Rehearing?
Kleinert Rehearing?
D.A.'s appeal in case against former APD officer due May 4

Chase Hoffberger, May 5, 2017

A Matter of Intent
A Matter of Intent
Kleinert manslaughter indictment dismissed

Chase Hoffberger, Nov. 6, 2015

More by Amy Kamp
Notes on Kamp: Cowards
Notes on Kamp: Cowards
Why is the right wing so scared of voting rights?

June 3, 2016

Notes on Kamp: Theory and Practice
Notes on Kamp: Theory and Practice
Labor protections are worthless if not enforced

May 27, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Larry Jackson Jr., Charles Kleinert, Austin Police Department, police accountability, Travis County District Attorney, use of force

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle