An investigation report released by Overland Park on Thursday և Unprecedented videos of the death of a Kansas teenager who was repeatedly filmed by police during a health check, which is a much needed transparency, says his family, after more than three years. that the case materials be published.
The revised 500-page report, as well as footage and video footage from interviews with police checkpoints and interviews, shed some light on why Overland Park Police Officer Clayton Ennison said he shot himself 13 times when he was 17. John von Albers supported the minivan. outside his family garage.
“I thought he was going to hit me, man,” Enison repeated in a video as he sobbed and breathed heavily after the shooting.
But Albers’s parents believe the files do not explain the whole story yet; they questioned on Friday why there was no filming diagram, the reconstruction report, why even though Enison’s learning history was included, performance checks or more information, the officer’s job was available. :
“This ‘investigation’ contains little information about an officer who fired a gun 13 times or about his performance as a police officer,” said Steve եյ Sheila Albers in a statement.
The Alberts shooting continues to be the focus of Kansas State, a state where police records are mostly kept under cover, even after the case is closed. The FBI confirmed in September that it had launched a federal civil rights investigation into a police shooting case. The review remains pending.
Related: John von Albers’s family has long questioned police history that the officer had no choice but to shoot the gun from the 2018 shooting.
On January 20, 2018, a month after the shooting, John Onson County District Attorney Steve Howe released several videos announcing that En Enison, who said he feared for his life, was acquitted and would not be charged. At that time, the police department did not have cameras worn on the body.
Newly released files include social media posts and journal entries in which John on Albers, a junior high school student, reported mental health issues. Police were called to Albers’ home when one of his friends became concerned that he might be drunk, that he had committed suicide, that he had threatened to stab himself.
“John On may not have been perfect, but he was deeply loved,” the Alberts said in a statement. “He deserved an examination that was competent, impartial, and evidence-based. This was not an investigation, but the accusation of the victim. “
The City of Overland Park, in its decision to publish the files, said it had received numerous requests for a report but had consistently rejected them because the files contained “sensitive personal information” and their release could have a serious negative impact on the future. investigations. “
In January, KBC, a subsidiary of NBC in Kansas City, Missouri, sued the city for leaking investigative files. The city at the time was seeking rejection of the lawsuit, which remains pending.
But this week, in a surprise move, the city announced that it would release a revised report – some evidence.
“As a result of this ongoing discussion, misinformation has been circulating that has led to a serious breach of public confidence during this period,” the city said in a statement, adding that maintaining the report was “an obstacle to restoring community trust and confidence in Overland Park City and its officials.” “Overland Park Police Department.”
Neither the police department nor the John Onson County Attorney’s Office immediately responded to requests for comment on how Albers described the investigation conducted by the Son Onson County District Officer’s shooting investigation team. City spokesman Sean Riley said Friday that the crime onson area crime lab maintains a 3D scan of the crime scene.
“Our sympathy is with the family, we respect their prospects,” Riley wrote in the email. “However, the city agrees with the district attorney that the officer was reasonably afraid for his life, it was a use of legal force.”
The Albers family has long questioned what police said on the night of the teenager’s murder.
Just before dusk, Albers was home alone with his family out for dinner. That’s when a concerned friend turned to the police for a welfare check, following a federal complaint filed by the family against Jennison City. Albers was known to police for past incidents, and according to the complaint, police knew he had “potential mental health problems.”
Dashcam videos and a neighbor’s security camera showed Ennison այլ another officer arriving home. They first talked outside for a few minutes, did not knock on the front door, did not recognize each other. Eventually, the family garage door opened, and Jennison pulled out his weapon and headed for the door as the minibus driven by Albers began to slow down in a straight, straight line. En Anison responded by pointing his hand at the weapon and shouting. The Anison, standing to the right of the van, fired twice at Albers. The family complained that one or both of the bullets hit the teenager, “making him incapacitated and unable to control the minivan.”
The car stopped, but then turned quickly in the opposite direction, making a turn on the road, holding it back. The Anison fired 11 shots as the minibus moved past another police car that had just approached and crashed into the neutral road leading to the front of the house, according to a video on the report.
An autopsy report later revealed that six bullets had hit Albers in the head, upper neck, left shoulder, right shoulder, back to back, and lower lip. The toxicology report states that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In an interview with investigators four days after the shooting, Jenison, who had been at the Orlando Park Police Department for about two years, explained: “I dismantled the service weapon. I approached the garage door. The transport started to stop. I told him he did not listen to my orders. I fired. “
The car then “turned in the opposite direction” and Enison said he fired again because he believed the car was going to hit him.
Ennison said dispatchers warned officers arriving at the scene that Albers had cut himself off and posted on social media that he was threatening to harm himself. The officer added that he was new to the patrol and could not remember when he had been to the house.
He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture. “I do not know if he was harming himself or not,” he said.
“To protect myself, I get closer to home so that if he comes out of the garage or the front door, I can control the situation.”
Sheila Albers said on Friday that there was no evidence that her son had committed murder or that officers should have believed that her son would use violence against them.
The district attorney, Haw, said in 2018 that he had decided not to prosecute Enison because “these are liquid, instant decisions that law enforcement must make, which complicates matters.”
Ames Nolan, a professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of West Virginia and a former Wilmington police officer in Delaware, says the case underscores the mindset of the police, who automatically assume that someone is dangerous.
“Seeing things the wrong way can do a lot of damage, even though the intentions are good,” Nolan said. “This is why it is going on all over the country, the officers are making these big mistakes. “Suddenly the car becomes a deadly weapon, even if that person is just trying to leave.”
“People do not look at the police and say, ‘I’m glad you are here. I’m depressed. “Help me,” Nolan said. “In fact, it is just the opposite.”
Albers completed the settlement of the Over Jenison case in Overland Park in 2019 for $ 2.3 million, according to The Washington Post, although the city և Jenison does not accept responsibility, and Overland Park said it was resolved to avoid the value and length of the lawsuit.
City officials confirmed in June that Enison received $ 70,000 as part of a severance package when he agreed to resign, despite the fact that the County Onson District Attorney had acquitted him.
The city said the agreement was “in the best interest of the community” and could prevent Enison from potentially fighting for recovery, as “there is no justifiable reason to stop him” and avoid costly litigation. Officials also said that Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donces had never spoken to Enison about the deal and had not encouraged him to sign it.
Martin Sheila Albers has filed a complaint against Donces with the state commission appointed by the governor to oversee the training of law enforcement in Kansas. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture. He said that Enison’s departure was “voluntary dismissal under normal circumstances for personal reasons”.
They said in the city. “We will cooperate fully in the investigation of this issue.” Neither Donches nor Ennison could be reached for comment immediately on Friday. The Kansas Peace Officers Standards Training Committee said it could not confirm or deny the investigation.
Nolan said police agencies և states need to work on reforms that will allow for more public oversight of complaints, access to internal affairs so that communities can better trust their local law enforcement.
The Kansas Public Records Act allows police departments and county attorneys to decide when to provide information. The practice is supported by some officials who believe that disclosing names or other details could affect the case if it goes to trial.
But, as Nolan put it, “the more information you provide, the more there is a sign that you want to be transparent.” By doing so, you can establish cooperation with the community instead of by mutual consent. ”
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, call TALK 741741 or visit TalkOfSuicide.com/resources for more resources.