It was in 2018 when former Overland Park Officer Clayton Jenison arrived at the Albers residence after learning from social media that 17-year-old John Albers allegedly was a threat to himself [Source: Fox 4]. After Jenison arrived at the family’s home, he encountered John Albers who was backing out of the garage in a minivan. Jenison, who claims he feared he would be run over by the van, shot into the vehicle 13 times leaving the teen fatally wounded.
A video from the encounter was released for the public to view and in it, Albers can be seen backing the van out of the garage at a slow rate of speed. Jenison, who does not appear to be standing in the direct path of the vehicle, backs away from the van and begins firing shots. The van is then seen whipping around with the front side facing toward the street. It then begins to slowly move forward and Jenison continues to fire rounds at the vehicle.
The van eventually comes to a rest across the street in a neighbor’s yard. After an official investigation into the incident was conducted, Jenison was cleared from any wrongdoing and the shooting was considered “justified.”
After the fatal incident, Albers’ parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf alleging the officer applied excessive force and that the city had inadequate policies in place. Apparently, Jenison had not undergone any type of Crisis Intervention Training prior to the incident. Although the case was settled outside of court and the family was awarded $2.3 million, the parents of John Albers say they are still unable to obtain “many of the documents they requested to show how police and the DA” found Jenison’s use of force to be justified.
Jenison Agrees to Quit in Exchange for Large Payout
As more uncertainly began building up around the Albers case, city officials decided it was “in the best interest of the community” to negotiate an agreement with Jenison. In exchange for Jenison to voluntarily resign, he would receive “a final compensation package that included a severance payment as well as other benefits.” New documents that were recently obtained by the news source revealed that the severance payment was $70,000. As a part of the agreement, Jenison also gave up his right to work again as a law enforcement officer.
After learning about the payout, Albers’ mother said she was “disgusted” and believes the agency “allowed an officer who clearly committed misconduct to get incentivized.”
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