DiscoverThe RadioDana DiariesDiary Entry #5: The Shooting Death of John Albers and the Fight to Change Kansas "Open" Records Laws....
Diary Entry #5:  The Shooting Death of John Albers and the Fight to Change Kansas "Open" Records Laws....

Diary Entry #5: The Shooting Death of John Albers and the Fight to Change Kansas "Open" Records Laws....

Update: 2020-02-18
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In this week's "RadioDana Diaries," I'm asking you to think about all of the different ways people die in our community and the questions we ALL have when a young person, in particular, is taken from us. The nightly news is filled with car accidents and house fires and homicides and drug overdoses. And all of these deaths, generally, have at least one thing in common: family members almost always know what happened.  Think about it. In most cases, people know how and when and where and WHY their loved ones died. But when a police officer in the state of Kansas is cleared in the shooting death of a citizen? None of us has a legal right to find out WHAT HAPPENED. That's because Kansas "open" records laws are among the worst in the country. Overland Park mom Sheila Albers had never given it much thought until her teenage son was shot and killed in the family's driveway on January 20, 2018. The death of 17-year-old John Albers sparked a two-year fight to change the law. Their story is Diary Entry Number five.

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Diary Entry #5:  The Shooting Death of John Albers and the Fight to Change Kansas "Open" Records Laws....

Diary Entry #5: The Shooting Death of John Albers and the Fight to Change Kansas "Open" Records Laws....

Dana Wright KMBZ