AUSTIN (KXAN) - The police association lawyer representing the detective who shot and killed an Austin man last week said Friday confidential discussions from the internal affairs investigation were leaked to a reporter.
Nadia Stewart, an attorney with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, took the first step toward filing a formal complaint against the Austin Police Department because she said the leak taints what is supposed to be an objective investigation.
"I think this sort of leak is in violation of the (city's meet and confer) contract (with the police department) and therefore the law completely taints the investigation," Stewart said. "And it also undermines the credibility of the police department."
Stewart represents APD Detective Charles Kleinert, who is on administrative leave after the shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. on July 26.
"I am making the complaint to internal affairs about internal affairs which seems contradictory, but that's the way the process is set up," she said. "I would hope someone from outside Internal Affairs and potentially outside the department would investigate my complaint: The Texas Rangers, the District Attorney's Office, the County Attorney's office, really anybody who is an impartial third party."
Stewart told KXAN that she was contacted Friday afternoon by a reporter who knew key details and phrases about the internal affairs discussions that happened the day before.
"It's an indication the investigation is being politically driven and is not being conducted in a manner to gather the facts of the case," she said.
Late Friday, she told police monitor Margo Frasier that she is planning to file a complaint that she hopes will determine how the information was given out before the internal affairs process was complete.
"I think it's a very, very serious thing," Frasier said in regards to information being leaked.
"I just want to be clear, I am not the source," Frasier added. "The only other person in my office who was in there, I don't believe he is, I have asked him directly."
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