Brother sues over 2014 fatal police shooting in Kansas

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OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man alleges in a lawsuit that police fatally shot his unarmed brother even though relatives warned that the brother was suicidal and trying to bait officers.

The Kansas City Star reports that Chris McHenry, of Kansas City, Kansas, filed the lawsuit last week in federal court. He alleges that police were “reckless and careless” in the 2014 shooting of his brother, 18-year-old Joseph Jennings, in an Ottawa parking lot.

The shooting was deemed to be justified. The Franklin County attorney determined that Jennings was shot after pointing a dark item, which turned out to be sunglasses, toward officers.

The lawsuit says two family members at the scene told officers that Jennings was trying to goad the officers into shooting him. Jennings had attempted suicide the night before.

 

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