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Justice for Jackson: Community March

After more than two years of struggling, the family of Larry Jackson Jr. is still fighting to gain justice and prosecute the detective who murdered their son. LaKiza, Larry Jackson’s sister, will be leading a march through the neighborhood around Givens Park.
We hope that you join and help us build these marches as we continue them every month in order to build up pressure leading up to the trial scheduled November 2nd. With the case moved to Federal court, we will need all the help we can get in order to secure a prosecution against Detective Kleinert. Join us in the streets as we show that Austin wants justice and hasn’t forgotten about Larry Jackson Jr.

September 27th, 6PM
Givens Park, meet at the Pavilion
3811 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78721
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Jam 4 Jackson

The People’s Task Force brings you the Jam 4 Jackson, a memorial show to celebrate and raise awareness for Larry Jackson Jr., an unarmed African American man murdered by the Austin Police in the summer of 2013. After two years of struggling, the family of Larry Jackson Jr. is still fighting to gain justice and prosecute their sons murderer.

Come out as we celebrate Larry’s life and get pumped for the next leg of the struggle, which is building pressure to prosecute Detective Kleinert for his court date scheduled later this year.

All ages welcome. $5-10 suggested donation at the door. No one will be turned away. Donations are used to pay for fliers, banner materials, and renting space.

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With Radical Poetry performed by Amanda Johnston in between sets.

Saturday July 25th, 8PM
Historic Victory Grill
1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

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May Day for Freddie Gray & Larry Jackson

The struggle for justice for Larry Jackson continues,

Friends and supporters:

By now many of you will have heard the news that Detective Charles Kleinert, the man who killed Larry Jackson, Jr., has succeeded in moving his case to federal court. You can read some of the news about it here:
http://kxan.com/…/28/kleinert-case-to-stay-in-federal-court/

While this is a setback for our side and for the family of Larry Jackson, Jr., we believe that we must continue to fight for justice. It has been clear that the Austin Police Association and Detective Kleinert’s legal team have been using every trick in the book to first delay the criminal proceedings and then use every loophole to avoid real prosecution.

This, unfortunately, is the legacy of Austin, where no police officer has faced criminal prosecution for killing a civilian in recent memory. This outcome is sad but not unsurprising.

We now face some new challenges: Kleinert will attempt to argue that he has federal immunity from prosecution; he will also be able to rely on a different jury pool that draws from a more conservative base; and his legal team has increasingly relied on arguments that blame Larry for his own death. We will continue to campaign to make sure that Austin knows that we are still watching.

We in the People’s Task Force believe that the clear next step is to join the protest movement that continues to grow nationally and organize solidarity demonstrations with the people who are fighting back in Baltimore against police brutality. What the events in Baltimore, North Charleston, and Ferguson have so clearly demonstrated is that there is an epidemic of racist violence in this country. What they have also revealed is that their protests have demonstrably shifted the conversation about police violence into the mainstream.

There is a protest that has been called by others in solidarity with Baltimore for Friday at 7pm at Palm Park (601 East 3rd St). Many of us are planning on attending:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1489293138012476/

In solidarity,
People’s Task Force

No justice, No Peace: Families of Police Brutality Victims Speak Out

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Join The People’s Task Force as we host a panel with the families of Larry Jackson, Jr, Byron Carter, Jr, and Nathaniel Sanders, Jr. as they share their struggles for justice and speak out against the racist police in Austin, TX.

Police brutality is a growing epidemic in the United States. Every day there is a story of beatings and killings perpetrated by cops, most often, but not exclusively, perpetrated against youth of color. This panel looks at not only some of the local cases and what they tell us about the nature of policing in Austin, but also discusses the struggles of families, friends, and activists for the real justice that is so elusive in this country.

Panelist:
Destiney Sanders, Sister of Nathaniel Sanders Jr.
Byron Carter, Sr., Father of Byron Carter Jr.
Lakiza, Sister of Larry Jackson Jr.
Snehal Shingavi, PTF Member

Nathaniel Sanders Jr.
APD murdered Nathaniel Sanders while he was sleeping in the back of a car, and severely wounded Sir Lawrence Smith, who tried to flee as he awoke to gunfire.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2009-05-29/787100

Byron Carter Jr.
Carter was killed as he was trying to flee two cops who approached him from behind, guns drawn, without identifying themselves. In a federal lawsuit jurors ruled against the Carter family and absolved the APD of any responsibility.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2011-10-07/was-cops-fatal-shooting-justified

Larry Jackson Jr.
Jackson tried to enter Benchmark Bank during business hours, but was stopped by locked doors. Kleinert himself went to the door and questioned Jackson for a few minutes, and Jackson ran from the detective. Kleinert commandeered a civilian car to hunt down Jackson to a bridge near Shoal Creek and 34th Street. After a scuffle, he shot Jackson in the back of the neck.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2015-01-16/kleinerts-next-defense

April 6th, 7PM
House of Faith
1709 EM Franklin Avenue
Austin, TX 78721

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Half-page flyer:
http://taskforceatx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/april6half.pdf
Full-page flyer:
http://taskforceatx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/april6.pdf

Justice for Larry Jackson: Strategy Meeting

The national conversation about police violence that has followed in the wake of the protests in Ferguson, MO has important ramifications here in Austin, TX. As many of you know, in July of 2013, Larry Jackson, Jr. an unarmed African-American man, was shot and killed by Detective Charles Kleinert of the Austin Police Department. Because of the work of activists across the city, we were able to pressure the District Attorney’s office and ensure that Kleinert, unlike so many police officers across the country, was actually indicted.

That indictment is now in jeopardy. Kleinert’s lawyers are attempting to argue that his case should go to federal court rather than county court because at the time of the shooting Kleinert claims to have been working for federal law enforcement. If he succeeds in that claim, it is very likely that he will receive federal immunity and will not face any punishment for killing Larry Jackson, Jr. This is essentially an attempt to dial back the work that has happened here in Austin and reproduce the national pattern of getting police officers off on legal technicalities.

The People’s Task Force had called for a day of action on March 3, 2015, the day that Kleinert’s petition to move his trial to federal court was supposed to be heard by Judge Lee Yeakel. Between 60 and 75 people showed up that night, despite the fact that Judge Yeakel once again postponed the hearing. (It should be remembered that the county courts also issued several continuances before this point). The new hearing date is now scheduled for April 9th.

As a result, the People’s Task Force calls on all interested organizations and individuals to join us at a strategy meeting to plan our response to the events of April 9th. We welcome all who are committed to justice for the Jackson family and who are supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement to come and help organize a rally that will make sure that Detective Kleinert actually faces justice.

The organizing meeting will be on March 19th at 7pm at the Cepeda Library room #1 (651 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin TX 78702). Questions can be directed to contact@taskforceatx.org.

In solidarity,

The People’s Task Force

Jam 4 Justice

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The People’s Task Force brings you the Jam 4 Justice, a benefit and awareness show for Larry Jackson Jr., an unarmed Black man murdered by the Austin Police. After a year and a half of struggling for their son, the family of Larry Jackson Jr. is calling upon your support once again. Detective Kleinert, who murdered Larry in the summer of 2013, is trying to move his case to federal court which will allow him to be immune from prosecution by the state.

On March 3rd, Judge Lee Yeakel will decide if Kleinert’s case will be moved to federal court. Join us Sunday, March 1st, as we get down and jam out in order to make sure every one in Austin hears about Larry’s case and is ready to take the streets if Judge Yeakel lets Kleinert get away with murder.

All ages welcome. $5-10 suggested donation at the door. No one will be turned away. Donations are used to pay for fliers, banner materials, and renting space.

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March 1st, 7PM
Historic Victory Grill
1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

https://www.facebook.com/events/1374294412887431

Justice for Larry Jackson: Judge Yeakel Response Rally

After a year and a half of struggling for their son, the family of Larry Jackson Jr. is calling upon your support once again. Detective Kleinert, who murdered Larry in the summer of 2013, is trying to move his case to federal court which will allow him to be immune from prosecution by the state.

LaKiza, sister of Larry Jackson Jr., says “All my family wants is justice. Kleinert is trying to do everything he can to evade responsibility for killing my brother. Justice for my family is to see Kleinert behind bars.” Jackson’s death at the hands of police is a bitter reminder of the racism that continues to thrive in Austin and around the country. To this day, not a single officer in Austin has been prosecuted for murdering an unarmed person of color.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Judge Lee Yeakel will decide if Kleinerts case will be moved to federal court. Whether the decision is in our favor or not, we are asking everyone who can to come out to a rally at the US District Court at 7PM that day. If Judge Yeakel denies Kleinerts request, then we will have cause for celebration, and if he grants it, we will need to voice our disappointment. Join the family of Larry Jackson Jr. and The People’s Task Force as they respond to Judge Yeakel’s decision and lay out plans to continue the struggle for justice in Austin.

March 3rd, 7PM
US District Court
501 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Day of Action for Larry Jackson Jr.

Supporters of Larry Jackson Jr., you are invited to join a phone, email and fax jam to the office of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel.

Starting on Friday, Jan. 9th, please call, email and fax Judge Yeakel’s office and ask that he reject Kleinerts petition to move his case from Travis County to a federal court and allow his indictment in Travis County to stand and make him stand trial with a jury of his peers.

We are asking that folks take to social media on Friday to spread the word about Larry’s case. Please tweet and post articles on Facebook about Larry’s case using the hashtag #justice4jackson. You could also include other hashtags like #blacklivesmatter, etc. We would also love for people to take solidarity pictures on the day of action to post on the People’s Task Force album at Facebook.com/peoplestaskforce. Post them with hashtag #justice4jackson and let us know where you’re from. Individual or group pics are great. Below is an example script you can use,


Call: 512-916-5756
Fax: 512-916-5757
Email: Janie_Jones@txwd.uscourts.gov

I’m calling/writing about Larry Jackson Jr., an unarmed man who was shot to death by detective Charles Kleinert.  Detective Kleinert is trying to move his case from Travis County to a federal court, but this is unwarranted, unnecessary, and quite likely unethical.  After a year and half, activists have convinced the Travis County DA’s office to prosecute a police officer, something they have not done in over a decade.  And now, Kleinert is trying to “forum shop” instead of facing up to his responsibilities.

You should deny his petition.  Not only is it a disservice to the grand jury that indicted him, it is a disservice to the community that he works for.  Kleinert should not be able to manufacture a jury that will be more likely to acquit him.  And that is most likely what he is trying to do.

We urge you to reject his petition.  Allow his indictment in Travis County to stand and make him stand trial with a jury of his peers in Travis County.  This is not only important for the community, but for a national movement that has been watching case after case not being allowed to go through grand jury.  Here in Travis County, we have been able to hold an officer accountable.  And we should be allowed to see him held accountable ourselves.

Judge Lee Yeakel Should Deny Charles Kleinert’s Petition for Federal Trial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN, TX (January 7, 2015) The People’s Task Force, a grassroots police accountability group in Austin, calls on Judge Lee Yeakel to deny Charles Kleinert’s Petition for a federal trial. Not only does this amount to forum shopping, it would constitute an enormous waste of resources that have already gone into making sure he is prosecuted in Travis County.

Said LaKiza Fowler, sister of Larry Jackson, Jr, “All my family wants is justice. [Detective] Kleinert is trying to do everything he can to evade responsibility for killing my brother. Justice for my family is to see Kleinert behind bars. ”

Said PTF organizer Snehal Shingavi, “It is clear that the legal rationale for moving the trial is merely a smokescreen for the reality that Kleinert knows that he will be convicted in a jury pool of Travis County residents. He should be held accountable to Travis County residents, since he has availed himself of a Travis County based salary and pension.”

Further, the People’s Task Force recognizes that Kleinert’s case is a watershed moment in the wake of the events in Ferguson, MO and New York, NY. Should Kleinert actually face manslaughter charges, it would be one of the first cases nationally of a police officer facing a trial for killing an unarmed black man since the beginning of the Ferguson protests.

The PTF also worries that the decision to move the case to federal court comes after lengthy grand jury deliberations and pre-trial motions that have already meant that the case has been delayed for over a year. In fact, the decision to move to federal court seems more likely to be born out of a worry that the Travis County DA’s office is actually going to prosecute Kleinert, and the hope that a jury pool beyond Travis County will be more sympathetic to Kleinert.

As a result, the People’s Task Force calls on Judge Lee Yaekel to deny the petition for a change of venue. The People’s Task Force continues to stand in solidarity with the Jackson family and will continue to fight to make sure that Detective Kleinert is actually prosecuted.