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,
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.