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City takes Jackson settlement off the table

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After meeting behind closed doors the Austin City Council has taken a possible settlement with the children of a man shot and killed by an APD officer off the table.

It appears the negotiations could last for weeks.

Council member Sheryl Cole said the city has never settled a case before it's gone to the grand jury. And since there is pending civil and criminal lawsuits there would be no further comment.

In July of last year, investigators say Jackson tried to pass a bad check at a central Austin bank that had been robbed earlier in the day.

Jackson was confronted by APD Detective Charles Kleinert during a struggle Kleinert's gun went off and killed Jackson.

Bobby Taylor represents Jackson's three children ages 12, 10 and 9. He says money for the children is needed now.

He had hoped to avoid the politics and red tape that comes along with filing a lawsuit.

"This delay has caused me to re-think my decision. It has caused me to re-think what was reasonable efforts. I'm very disappointed, whether I file or not I'm going to have to do some serious thinking about this. I don't expect a no-bill or indictment to be the factor in whether I proceed to protect these kid's rights," said Taylor.

Earlier this week the Austin Police Association told FOX 7 that a premature settlement could taint the judicial process for Kleinert who has since retired from APD.

The association wanted the council to essentially put the brakes on a proposed settlement.

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