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Austin City Council approves $1.25 million to settle wrongful death lawsuit
The Austin city council approves the largest settlement in it's history in the death of a man shot in the back of the head by an APD officer last summer.
The amount was one point two five million and will go to the three children of
Larry Eugene Jackson who was shot by Detective Charles Kleinert. Council member Sheryl Cole says she hopes the city can move past the event, "This is a situation that is a tragedy for all involved from Larry Jackson, Junior and his family to Charles Kleinert and his family. One thing that everyone can agree upon is that we wish we could turn back the clock and have everything unfold as it did."
Jackson showed up at a bank last summer that had just been robbed and spoke briefly with Kleinert, then left abruptly. Kleinert pursued Jackson, who was not a suspect in the robbery, and wound up shooting him. Kleinert was indicted by a Grand Jury and faces a criminal manslaughter charge. He maintains the shooting was accidental.
The parents and wife of Jackson are also suing the city and today's settlement does not address that claim. Mayor Lee Leffingwell was the lone 'no' vote.