A police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy who left his family’s driveway during a welfare check received a severance payment of $ 70,000 as part of his termination agreement.
John Albers’ mother, from Overland Park, Kansas, found that the police officer who shot her son 13 times in January 2018 was paid thousands of dollars when he left the troops largely unscathed.
On that tragic night, 31-year-old Agent Clayton Jenison was sent to the house in the suburbs of Albers after a friend called authorities saying they believed the teenager had committed suicide.
John tried to drive the family minivan out of the driveway when Jenison fired several rounds at the vehicle after allegedly ordering John to stop.
But footage shows that Jenison was never on the minivan path, and it’s unclear whether John Albers even noticed in his attempt to leave.
After the shooting, Jenison was not publicly named by the authorities until Albers’ family filed a wrongful death suit.
All investigated reports were withheld from the public. Sheila Albers, the victim’s mother, alleged that officials refused to provide details of the incident.
John Albers, 17, was shot in January 2018 while driving out of his family’s garage with a minivan in Overland Park, Kansas
Body camera footage from the Overland Police Department shows the moment John pulls the vehicle into the driveway and Jenison opens fire
Jension was not charged with John’s death, and prosecutors ruled that the murder was “justified.”
Jenison was put on administrative leave after an investigation, but later offered to resign. He was not charged and the murder was considered justified.
Overland Park police have not disclosed the cushioned departure agreement that Jenison received in March 2018.
The message of the payout would probably have stayed if Mother Sheila Albers, the victim’s mother, had not looked at the payroll records in the Overland Park government database, The Washington Post reports.
Sheila, a former high school principal, noted that Jenison’s resignation was announced on February 20, 2018, when the city reportedly still discussed the layoff package.
“I have always questioned the integrity of the investigation,” said Sheila.
“You cannot conduct an impartial and thorough investigation of police misconduct while negotiating a financial surrender at the same time.”
The severance pay was reportedly worth over $ 81,000, despite a salary totaling around $ 46,000.
City spokesman Sean Reilly said on Thursday that the city of Overland Park has signed a purchase agreement with Jenison “for the benefit of the community.”
No Overland Park official was reportedly able to explain why the $ 70,000 termination benefit was “in the interest of the community,” raising an average income of $ 78,000.
Sheila Albers, pictured with John Albers, “You can’t conduct an impartial, thorough investigation of police misconduct while negotiating a financial buyout at the same time.”
KHSB reports that the full severance pay amount has been split into $ 70,000 in severance pay, $ 2,345 in compensation time, $ 686 in unused vacation pay, and $ 11,040 owed for his regular salary.
The layoff scheme was established between city officials, despite the fact that the prosecutor’s office had found nothing wrong with Jenison’s behavior.
After the $ 70,000 termination fee was revealed, councilors Scott Hamblin and Faris Farassati called for an executive session to investigate the facts of the settlement with Jenison.
Hamblin said on Friday that they requested the session because “the public demands and deserves transparency, and as leaders we must be willing and willing to give it. No board meeting or other investigative measures have been taken to date. ‘
A lack of transparency has led to the Albers initially filing the wrongful death for the lawsuit after prosecutors and authorities failed to release reports.
A judge later determined that “officer Jenison was not on the path of the minivan” and a “reasonable jury had concluded that lethal violence was unreasonable because [Albers] only harmed himself. ‘
This prompted city officials to settle with the Albers family for $ 2.3 million in January 2019.
Jenison, an army veteran who served in Afghanistan, served with Overland Park’s forces for two years.
The Albers family claimed that prosecutors and officials would not make reports of the case public during an investigation deemed non-transparent.
Because he was not fired or disciplined, he is free to join another police.
In footage from January 20, 2018, agents arrive at the Albers’ home after John reportedly made comments online to friends that he was considering suicide.
Two officers drive to the house in minutes, but do not approach the front door and try not to contact John.
Soon the garage door opens and John begins to drive up the driveway. Jenison is on the right side of the garage.
A prosecutor argued that Jenison was “directly behind” the minivan, but a judge later ruled that this was not true.
Jenison shouts ‘stop’ at the minivan three times, but the vehicle suddenly reverses and turns 180 degrees into the street.
Jenison appears to close the vehicle, but is untouched and leaves.
While the minivan drives back to the garage, Jenison unloads several rounds in the vehicle and strikes John.
A prosecutor stated that Jenison was ‘directly behind’ the minivan, but a judge later ruled that was not true
The vehicle stops accelerating and rolls out of the driveway. John died of gunshot wounds.
“Chief Donchez and prosecutor Steve Howe have deceived the public by Officer Jenison’s aggressive actions, obstructing justice and holding no one responsible for my son’s death,” Sheila told WaPo.
She believes that the severance pay could have been better used with police reform and officer training,
The $ 70,000 “could have funded the Crisis Intervention Team training to prevent unnecessary violence in the future,” said Sheila.
“Overland Park is a microcosm of the broader problem we have across the country: lack of transparency, failed accountability systems and leadership that ignores its duty to protect and serve the public.”
John Albers’ death is one of the many recent cases that have come to light as law enforcement is increasingly being charged with cruelty and excessive violence.
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The National suicide prevention line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-TALK.