Justice For Larry Jody Jenkins

Larry Jody Jenkins

Larry Jerome Jenkins was born November 8, 1970, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His life ended tragically September 19, 2002 on the corner of 37th Glendale Avenue. Larry was shot seven times by a Milwaukee police officer named Jon Bartlett. Larry was unarmed and seated in the passenger seat of a car.

On the night of September 19, 2002, Officer Jon Bartlett was on duty with Officer Kurt Lacina. Officers Bartlett and Lacina stopped a black jeep that was driven by a friend of his, the officers suspected of involvement in drug-related activity. As the officers approached, Mr. Jenkins exited the vehicle. Officer Bartlett searched him for weapons and decided to place him in the squad car while the officer completed his investigation. Before he could secure the car, Mr. Jenkins fled on foot and Officer Bartlett, also on foot, pursued him. After a one-to two-minute pursuit, Mr. Jenkins entered an occupied vehicle.

This is what the officer stated believing that Mr. Jenkins was attempting to car-jack the vehicle, Officer Bartlett drew his service weapon and approached the vehicle from the front. Mr. Jenkins was shot seven times and died at the scene. Larry was not driving the car as stated by the officer, nor was he trying to car-jack the driver, he knew the driver and the other people in the car. Larry Jenkins lost his life at the hands of a person who is supposed to serve and protect citizens.

Slain man’s mom must pay legal fees

Woman loses after suit over officer’s actionBy MARIE ROHDE
Posted: Oct. 5, 2008 http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=802815

Debra Jenkins with picture of only son,
Larry,shot by Jon Barlett

A Milwaukee County judge is requiring that Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines sign off on a $35,000 judgment that city lawyers obtained against a woman whose son was shot to death in 2002 by a police officer who was later convicted in the beating of Frank Jude Jr.

The judgment against Debra Jenkins was the result of an unsuccessful federal lawsuit she brought against the city in connection with the death of her only child, who was unarmed when he was shot seven times by Jon Bartlett, one of five police officers who were later convicted in the notorious beating of Frank Jude Jr. Debra Jenkins contended that Bartlett had used excessive force.

Bartlett, whom U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert called the “worst” of the five officers charged in the Jude case, is serving a 17-year sentence in a Pennsylvania federal prison as a result of his conviction in the Jude case. He also was convicted in state court of attempting to buy a high-powered semiautomatic rifle and a pistol and a large amount of ammunition while under federal indictment in the Jude case. In a third separate case, he was convicted of threatening to blow up a police station.

Eileen Force, a spokeswoman for Barrett, said the mayor would not comment on pending litigation and referred the matter to the city attorney’s office. Neither City Attorney Grant Langley nor Sue Lappen, the assistant who handled the federal case for the city, returned a reporter’s calls. Hines said that, while he felt compassion for Debra Jenkins, her lawyer in the case should have advised her of the potential for damages.
“It appears that the court has spoken and the city is just responding to that,” Hines said.

Debra Jenkins said she will never find peace until there is an acknowledgment of police misconduct in her son’s death, one of a long line of unarmed men killed by police that were later ruled justifiable shootings. She said that the city’s lawyers told her that if she dropped the case before it went to the federal appellate court, she would not have to pay court costs.

“I could not do that,” Debra Jenkins said. “I was seeking justice, and it was as if they were saying, ‘you better not pursue this anymore.’ ”

Her son’s death, she said, is particularly onerous in light of Bartlett’s subsequent conviction in the racially charged beating of Frank Jude Jr.

Last edited by Bob Graf. Based on work by TeganDowling.  Page last modified on October 14, 2008

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