In Kansas, Ottawa police shot and killed Joseph Jennings, an 18-year-old who was mentally ill, on August 23. At least two officers on the scene were well aware that he suffered from seizures and had responded to a call one day ago to take him to the hospital to pump his stomach after he tried to overdose on drugs and kill himself. Still, the police responded with a heavy-handedness that resulted in Jennings’ death.
Brandy Smith was Joseph Jennings’ aunt. While he was her nephew, she raised him like a son. And she was at the scene while police officers surrounded him.