Friday, January 11, 2019

One Year Later: Suburban Outrage Persists After Overland Park Teen Killed By Police

Roundup of this suicide call gone horribly wrong as the middle-class confront the very same problems and deadly circumstances faced by po'folk . . . Which is mostly the source of the anger. Read more:

An unarmed teen driver is killed by police, followed by a year with few answers

January 11 at 6:00 AM When 17-year-old John Albers backed the family van out of his garage one evening last January, it's not clear whether he knew that Officer Clayton Jenison of the Overland Park, Kan., Police Department was moving toward the right rear corner of the vehicle.

13 comments:

Just For the Record said...

All the more why special teams are needed to handle mentally ill people and why parents need to be forced to deal with their children who suffer mental issues. But as always golden ghetto parents think they are not only perfect but so are their children and there in itself is the larger issue on the subject.

Plus mental care has taken huge cuts in the past couple of decades. I mean come on we need all that money to care for all the illegals allowed to be in this country to be sure they get proper medical help food, places to live and free education.

Anonymous said...

The police have investigated themselves and found no wrongdoing.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that's a bad shoot. The officer had plenty of time to get out of the way, and actually put himself in harms way.

Anonymous said...

7:16 you have no fucking clue about what you're talking about. A deranged individual behind the wheel of a car is every bit as dangerous as if they had a firearm, if not more so.

Anonymous said...

^^^ all they had to do was block his ass with their cars, the shooting albeit legit was definitely not needed, definitely the wrong thing to do

Anonymous said...

People call the police because their deranged relatives are too dangerous for them to handle. How can they be surprised when the situation goes bad. If you don't want to put your wacko kid in danger of his life, handle it yourself.

Gopher Casey said...

Don't be surprised when your child (who is 6'2" and 190 pounds) gets shot by the cops, whom you called, because you can't handle their behavior and parent effectively.

Anonymous said...

OP popos couldn't save the suicidal teen from himself, but they sure preserved public safety that day. Another/other family(ies), did not have destruction or death perpetrated upon them by an eluding teen.

Anonymous said...

Reply to Just for the Record
I agree with most of your statements except where you state “...why parents need to be forced to deal with their children who suffer mental issues. But as always golden ghetto parents think they are not only perfect but so are their children and there in itself is the larger issue on the subject.”

Most parents facing the challenge of their children’s mental health are doing whatever they can to help their kids through it.

The tragedy of John Alber’s death horrifies me. This so easily could have been my son. I, too, trusted that the police were the right resource to call.

We live in the same subdivision as the Alber’s family and have kids in the same age range. Our son has had extensive mental health challenges. We began working with experts, doctors, and therapists when he was 8. Despite years of therapy, coaching, special assistance from the school system, we had to tcall the police several times during his high school years. I watched the police chase my 15-year-old down by foot and use a taser to subdue him and help us get him to the emergency room. When he was 16, led to arrest, probation and 8-weeks at an inpatient treatment center.

As a community we need to ensure first responders are trained in mental health first aid.
We also need to hold the police organization accountable. There was no reason for John to be shot that night. Yes, he was “armed” with a lethal minivan on his own driveway. He didn’t even make it to the street. There was no way John would have been able to drive more than a 100 yards before a police car could block the vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, those danged PD first responders shoulda had that dispatch relay that speshul crystal ball call for service to that residence.That way those officers would have made sure several PD vehicles were parked tight against that garage door, you know,cuz, like, they already knew to expect a teen trying to flee was gonna happen. Oh, that's right. Magic powers of caped crusaders is for cartoon and movie pretend.

Anonymous said...

can't expect all first responders to be trained in mental health, especially when they clearly do not want to be or have mental crisis issues themselves.
So dispatch the ones that are.

Anonymous said...

maybe the most easily aggravated officers should be dispatched and use super sonic sirens when responding to these types of calls to calm things down even more.

Anonymous said...

highest octave, super sonic sirens, a charm for serenity like a banshee screaming in your face.