Citizen group seeks Overland Park police shooting records

November 20, 2018 - 7:31 pm

A group of Kansas residents is fighting for records relating to a suburban Kansas City teenager who was shot to death by a police officer in January.

The Kansas City Star reports that the city of Overland Park has denied most of citizen group JOCO United's requests to release records over the shooting of John Albers, 17. The push for records comes after authorities released dash cam video of the encounter in which an officer fired 13 times into a minivan that Albers was backing out of his family's garage.

The group argues that the video didn't answer questions about how a 911 call to check on Albers' welfare turned into violence.

Member Mark Schmid says the public is forced to rely on the Johnson County district attorney's conclusion that the shooting was justified.

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