Judge Grants Immunity To Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man ‘Execution Style’ (VIDEO)

The family of Larry Jackson Jr. have waited more than two years for the cop who shot and killed him ‘execution style’ to be brought to justice. But just four days before his trial for manslaughter, a judge has used a 126-year-old piece of case law to grant his killer immunity.

On July 26 2013, 32-year-old married father-of-four Larry Jackson Jr. went to his local bank in Austin, Texas. Unfortunately, the bank was on lockdown due to a robbery and detective Charles Kleinert decided Jackson looked like a suspect. After speaking for a few minutes, something triggered Jackson to run.

Kleinert commandeered the vehicle of a female bystander and took off after his ‘suspect’. The woman driving the car, Regina Bethune, told KVUE:

“(Kleinert) was breathless and agitated and yelled, ‘Go go go’ and ‘follow him’ multiple times,” the woman, Regina Bethune, , a local television station, in February. “He seemed very out of control and highly agitated. I was uncertain if he was really a police officer or not. I realize that either way I needed to remain calm and help him try to calm down. He did not identify himself any further once in the car. He did not tell me his name or offer any explanation as to what was going on.”

Shortly after, Kleinert caught up to unarmed Jackson under a bridge. Adam Loewy, the Jackson family’s attorney describes what happened next:

“(Kleinert) never claims that Larry attacked him. The forensic evidence shows that Larry was on his hands and knees and the gun was at the back of his neck. Execution style.”

Jackson died of a single gunshot wound to the back of his neck, fired at point blank range.

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But despite the overwhelming forensic and eyewitness evidence in the case, Kleinert will not stand trial for the killing. On Thursday, a federal judge accepted Kleinert’s argument that he is immune from prosecution under the U.S. constitution.

As Washington Post reports:

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel cites a little known 1889 case that determined federal agents can be granted immunity from state criminal charges and undoes one of a handful of indictments handed down to police officers out of the thousands of fatal police shootings that have occurred in recent years.

This ruling will no doubt be used to overturn the small number of cases on which police officers have been held to account for unlawful killings. Loewy said on Thursday:

“This is a legal technicality that will allow a killer to walk free,”

“It is one of the most horrendous moments in the history of civil rights in this country.”

He was joined in outrage by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. She released a statement on Thursday’s ruling which read:

“I am totally dismayed by today’s federal court action.”

“With this federal court action dismissing the case, it appears that an Austin Police Department officer can be assigned to a federal task force and avoid prosecution in state court.”

Lehmberg has not yet stated whether to not she will file an appeal against the decision.

So in the meantime, two years after his execution-style killing of an unarmed black man who was just trying to go to the bank – Kleinert walks, immune from prosecution.

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