Family of teen shot, killed by Overland Park Police files civil suit

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The family of John Albers, a 17-year-old Overland Park teen shot and killed by officers in January has filed a federal civil suit against the city and the officer for the teen’s death.

The 33-page lawsuit names for the first time the officer that fired on Albers as Clayton Jenison.

A review of the case by the Johnson County District Attorney’s office resulted in no criminal charges being filed against Jenison.

But in the civil suit, attorneys representing the Albers family say that Jenison did not have special Crisis Intervention Training that gives officers additional training when responding to mental health calls.

The suit further alleges that Jenison did not have the need to withdraw his service weapon from his holster.

As part of the case review, the Johnson County District Attorney’s office released dashcam video of the incident, which showed Albers reversing out of a residential garage at a high rate of speed in the vicinity of officers.

Jenison has since resigned from the department.

An Overland Park spokesman said the city is aware of the lawsuit and "will respond as appropriate in court."

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