The police association lawyer representing the detective who shot and killed an Austin man last week said Friday confidential discussions from the internal affairs investigation were leaked to a reporter. Nadia Stewart, an attorney with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, took the first step toward filing a formal complaint against the Austin Police Department because she said the leak taints what is supposed to be an objective investigation.
Stewart represents APD Detective Charles Kleinert, who is on administrative leave after the shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. on July 26. She told KXAN that she was contacted Friday afternoon by a reporter who knew key details and phrases about the internal affairs discussions that happened the day before.
"It’s an indication the investigation is being politically driven and is not being conducted in a manner to gather the facts of the case," she said.
Late Friday, she told police monitor Margo Frasier that she is planning to file a complaint that she hopes will determine how the information was given out before the internal affairs process was complete.