The FBI is alleged to be investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager by the police while he was reversing a vehicle from his family’s garage in Kansas.
A police officer fired 13 shots in suburban Kansas City on January 20, 2018, killing 17-year-old John Albers.
Police had been called to check on the boy with ADHD after his online posts sparked fears for his safety.
A month after the shooting, the district attorney announced that officer Clayton Jenison would not be charged.
The FBI’s Kansas City, Missouri field office is working with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Department and the Kansas law firm in the investigation.
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said in a statement Thursday that they “will collect all available facts and evidence and ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner.”
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The police dashcam video shows John slowly driving the family van out of the garage and down the driveway as officers arrive at the property in Overland Park town.
An officer yells: “Stop!”
The vehicle continues backwards and Officer Jenison, who is standing from the side, fires two shots.
The van drives wildly in a sharp circle back to the officer before it almost comes to a stop.
The officer steps aside and fires 11 more shots.
The vehicle rolls forward and stops in a neighbor’s front yard across the street.
A month after the shooting, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced that his investigation had revealed the shooting was justified because the officer was determined to fear for his life.
Officer Jenison resigned weeks after the shooting and received $ 70,000 (£ 55,000) in severance pay.
The boy’s mother, Sheila Albers, sued Overland Park for violating her son’s constitutional rights, and the city settled the unlawful death lawsuit for $ 2.3 million last year.
In a statement quoted by the Kansas City Star on Thursday, Ms. Albers said: “The FBI investigation shows Overland Park and District Attorney Steve Howe are not transparent in their investigation and accountable to their constituents.
“We are grateful to the FBI and the Kansas District attorney for reopening the case and shedding light on what Overland Park and our district attorney were able to hide.”
Sean Reilly, a spokesman for Overland Park City, said they were “fully cooperating with the FBI investigation.”
There was no immediate comment from the Overland Park Police Department or the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.
Transparency and accountability
On the day of his death, John told his parents that he did not want to eat with them.
After his family went out, the teen made posts on social media that caused friends to fear his sanity. They called the ambulance to check his health.
Ms. Albers told KCUR in Kansas City last year, “We left the house around 5:10 am and John was dead at 5:50 am.
“If you were there to prevent suicide, why would you draw your gun?”
Ms. Albers has since formed an advocacy group called JoCo United to call for greater transparency and accountability from Johnson County officials and improved mental health services.