AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police Chief Art Acevdeo said Monday that he did not leak details from the department's internal affairs investigation into last month's deadly shooting by a detective.
"That wasn't me," the chief said in his first public comments on the July 26 incident that left 32-year-old Larry Jackson Jr. dead. "You have to remember I'm very transparent when it comes to getting information to the public. When it comes to respecting the law, that takes precedence."
City Manager Marc Ott has asked the U.S. Justice Department to examine APD's deadly force procedures in the wake of the shooting. The officer involved, Detective Charles Kleinert, is on paid leave pending the outcome of internal investigations.
Jackson died from a gunshot to the back of his neck after running from Kleinert while being questioned outside of a bank that had been robbed earlier that day. Jackson was not a suspect in the robbery, but police said they had reason to believe he might have been at the bank to commit a fraud.
Details on some of the initial elements of the inquiry were published in the Austin American Statesman. And last week Ott tasked Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald with finding out how the confidential material was made public.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since returning to Austin after his mother's death, Acevedo said it would be difficult pinning down who was responsible. The chief said there were several people involved in the internal affairs process, including civilian staffers.
He also said APD has already taken immediate steps to further tighten the internal process in how confidential data is stored, handled and protected. The chief declined to offer details on the investigation except to it was "moving along."
He has set a 45-day window for the completion of the department's internal administrative investigation.
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