AUSTIN (KXAN) - The union representing Austin police wants to know who leaked that information from what was supposed to be a confidential interview.
Austin Police Association officials said Wednesday that they want cell phone records reviewed and they also want the city manager to appoint an outside party to investigate how this confidential information was leaked.
"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.
According to the Police Association, there were seven people in a room taking part in APD Internal Affairs interview into what happened the day Kleinert shot and killed Larry Eugene Jackson Jr.
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 effecting 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 effect Austin residents 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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