FBI probes police killing of boy on household’s drive


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Sheila Albers

The FBI is to analyze the deadly police capturing of a teenage boy as he reversed a automobile out his household’s storage within the US state of Kansas.

A police officer fired 13 pictures, killing John Albers, 17, on 20 January 2018 in a Kansas Metropolis suburb.

Police had been referred to as to verify on the boy, who had ADHD, after his on-line posts prompted fears for his security.

A month after the capturing the county prosecutor introduced the officer, Clayton Jenison, wouldn’t be charged.

The FBI’s Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, subject workplace is working with the US Division of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and US lawyer’s workplace in Kansas on the inquiry.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton mentioned in an announcement on Thursday that they’d “acquire all out there info and proof and can make sure that the investigation is carried out in a good, thorough and neutral method”.

Police dashcam video reveals John reversing the household’s van slowly out of the storage and down the driveway as officers arrive on the property within the metropolis of Overland Park.

An officer shouts: “Cease!”

The automobile continues to again out and Officer Jenison, standing from the facet, fires two pictures.

The van reverses wildly in a pointy circle again in the direction of the officer, earlier than slowing nearly to a cease.

The officer steps apart and fires 11 extra pictures.

The automobile rolls ahead and involves a halt in a neighbour’s entrance backyard throughout the street.

Severance cost

A month after the capturing, Johnson County District Lawyer Steve Howe introduced that his investigation had discovered the capturing was justified as a result of the officer was decided to have feared for his life.

Officer Jenison resigned weeks after the capturing and obtained a severance cost of $70,000 (£55,000).

The boy’s mom, Sheila Albers, sued Overland Park for violating her son’s constitutional rights, and town final yr settled the wrongful dying lawsuit for $2.3m.

In an announcement quoted by the Kansas City Star on Thursday, Ms Albers mentioned: “The FBI investigation highlights the failure of Overland Park and District Lawyer Steve Howe to be clear of their investigations and be accountable to their constituents.

“We’re grateful to the FBI and the US Lawyer for the district of Kansas for reopening the case and make clear what Overland Park and our DA have been in a position to maintain hidden.”

Sean Reilly, a spokesman for town of Overland Park, mentioned they’d “totally co-operate” with the FBI inquiry.

There was no rapid remark from the Overland Park Police Division or the Johnson County district lawyer’s Workplace.

Transparency and accountability

On the day he died, John informed his mother and father he didn’t need to be a part of them for dinner.

After his household went out, {the teenager} made posts on social media that led buddies to worry for his psychological well being. They referred to as emergency companies to verify on his welfare.

Mrs Albers informed KCUR in Kansas Metropolis final yr: “We left the home at about 5:10 and John was lifeless by 5:50.

“In case you have been there to stop a suicide, why would you draw your gun?”

Mrs Albers has since arrange an advocacy group referred to as JoCo United to press for extra transparency and accountability from Johnson County officers and improved psychological well being companies.