VIEWPOINTS: Ruling in Kleinert case weakens police accountability


Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up a case involving a former Austin police officer who fatally shot an African-American man was a huge victory for the officer, ending a saga that began in 2013.

For Travis County prosecutors who took the case to the high court in hope of holding Charles Kleinert criminally responsible in the death of Larry Jackson Jr., the ruling was a big defeat.

The decision raises new concerns and challenges for Travis County and other local authorities in their ability to hold officers — who work for and are paid by cities and counties, but serve on federal task forces — legally responsible for crimes.

“This is a new path. I don’t think anyone thought about this immunity until now,” Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore told us. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.



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