AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin City Manager Marc Ott says he's taking allegations about leaked information from a confidential Austin Police Department Internal Affairs interview seriously.
“Any time there are allegations of a release of confidential information, we take those allegations seriously," said Ott.
The supposed leak stemmed from an Internal Affairs review surrounding APD Detective Charles Kleinert into what happened the day he shot and killed Larry Eugene Jackson Jr.
According to the Austin Police Association, there were seven people in the room that day.
"Monday, I began the process of structuring an administrative investigation that will be conducted by our Law Department and overseen by Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald," said Ott. "It is imperative that we are able to perform our administrative responsibilities without the risk of confidential information being exposed.”
The union representing Austin police wants to know who leaked that information from what was supposed to be a confidential interview, and it's asking Ott to appoint an outside party to investigate how this confidential information was leaked.
Austin Police Association officials said on Wednesday that they wanted a detailed investigation from an outside agency to uncover who leaked the information.
"We want sworn affidavits, we want cell phone records examined, and anything else deemed necessary in an effort to find out why it was so important for someone with privileged information to peddle a story to only selected individuals," said Association President Wayne Vincent.
Details about the leak started coming out on Friday, and an attorney representing Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert during this investigation filed a formal complaint after receiving a call from a local newspaper reporter.
She said the reporter had specific information about what was said in what was supposed to be a confidential interview.
The Austin Police Association now wants to look at each individual in that room to see who leaked the information. Kleinert, his attorney, representatives from APD's Internal Affairs office, and the Office of the Police Monitor were reportedly part of that interview.
The association says the leak could poison a potential jury pool and make it harder to take this case to a grand jury. They also cited that this breach of the Internal Affairs process is affecting morale among APD officers.
"They are completely now at a lack of trust with the Internal Affairs process," said Vincent. "It is dangerous for an officer not to be able to trust those who will scrutinize their actions."
The Association also says this leak will ultimately affect the community as well.
"The citizens of this great city have an undeniable right to expect the truth, and that's what everyone wants here -- no matter where it is hiding," said Vincent.
Association officials said they believe this leak was intentional to manipulate this investigation. According to officials, the person found responsible for this leak could face termination and criminal charges.
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