After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

7/4/2020 8:10:00 AM

After he shot and killed an unarmed teen driver, a Kansas police officer was paid a $70,000 severance

Officer Clayton Jenison fired 13 times into van being driven by suicidal teen. Prosecutor ruled killing justifiable.

that since the Johnson County prosecutor ruled the killing justifiable, Jenison couldn’t be fired. But police departments may move to fire officers whose acts are ruled legal but are still in violation of department policy. Fired officers do not receive severance packages.

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Jenison, 31, could not be located for comment, and his attorney, Michael Seck, also did not respond to a request for comment. Jenison is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and had been an Overland Park officer for two years. Since he was not fired or otherwise disciplined by Overland Park, he is free to join another police department.

In July 2018, four months after Jenison’s departure, friends of the Albers family requested documents on the terms of Jenison’s resignation. Overland Park refused to provide the records, according to Sheila Albers, the victim’s mother.ADADBut Sheila Albers, who has since resigned from her job as a middle school principal and launched an organization dedicated to improving police training in Kansas, did not stop digging. And on Sunday, she found payroll records for the Overland Park police in a government database, and she noticed that Jenison was paid $81,040 in 2018, a significant raise over his salary from the previous two years.

Overland Park officials then confirmed to reporters in Kansas City that they had issued the $70,000 severance payment.After the payment was revealed, two Overland Park City Council members called for an executive session to determine the facts of the settlement with Jenison. Council member Scott Hamblin said Friday that he and member Faris Farassati asked for the session because “the public demands and deserves transparency, and as leaders we need to be ready and willing to provide it. As of today no executive session or other fact-finding measures have been taken.”

Sheila Albers and her husband, Steve, filed a wrongful-death suit against Overland Park and Jenison in federal court, in part because the police and prosecutor would not release reports about the case. After a judge ruled that “Officer Jenison was not standing in the path of the minivan” and that “a reasonable jury could conclude that deadly force was unreasonable because [Albers] only posed harm to himself,” the city settled the suit with the Albers family in January 2019 for $2.3 million.

Kansas city pays $2.3 million to family of teen slain by police officerSheila Albers noted that the prosecutor, Howe, and the police chief, Donchez, announced Jenison’s resignation on Feb. 20, 2018, while the city apparently was still negotiating the officer’s severance package, which Reilly said was completed in March 2018.

“I have always questioned the integrity of the investigation,” Albers said. “You can’t conduct an impartial, thorough investigation of police misconduct while simultaneously negotiating a financial buyout.”Officers were sent to the Albers home because John Albers had made comments to friends online that he was considering killing himself. Two officers arrived within minutes, but neither approached the front door or tried to make contact with Albers. Soon, the garage door opened and the family minivan slowly backed into the driveway, with Jenison perched to the right of the garage, the videos show.

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ADADHowe said that Jenison was “standing directly behind” the van, though a judge later ruled the officer was not in the van’s path. Howe said the officer shouted “Stop the car,” three times. On the video he is heard shouting “Stop” three times.The van suddenly accelerated in reverse and did a 180-degree “J” turn, placing it very close to Jenison. He didn’t fire then. As the van reversed toward the garage, Jenison fired 11 times from the side, the video shows. The van stopped, then rolled forward out of the driveway. Albers was dead.

“Chief Donchez and District Attorney Steve Howe deceived the public on Officer Jenison’s aggressive actions,” Sheila Albers said, “obstructed justice and failed to hold anyone accountable for the death of my son.” She said the money paid to Jenison “could have funded Crisis Intervention Team training to prevent unnecessary violence in the future. Overland Park is a microcosm of the wider problem we have across the country: lack of transparency, failed systems of accountability, and leadership that neglects its duty to protect and serve the public.”

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