The fatal shooting of Larry Jackson Jr. by Austin police Detective Charles Kleinert raised disturbing questions from the moment news of it broke two weeks ago. Those questions, along with growing community concerns about other police shootings in the past two years, left City Manager Marc Ott with little choice but to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to review the policies and practices of the Austin Police Department.
There have been six officer-involved shootings so far this year alone. Three of them have been fatal. Each of the fatal shootings comes with its own set of questions, but the questions surrounding the July 26 shooting of Jackson, including whether the shooting was avoidable, are particularly troubling.
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