Give these young people a medal for being good and concerned citizens.
THANK YOU MIKE CURTIS AND LORELEI MCFLY (really?) FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENT. YOU ARE MAKING YOUR NATION A BETTER PLACE
'Night Out Against Police Crime' Held By Activists In Fairfax County
By: Michael Pope
August 5, 2015
Protesters gather outside the Fairfax County Police Department to stage an event they called a Night Out Against Police Crime.
Across America, police officers and their leaders were out Tuesday night celebrating National Night Out, a celebration of police traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August. But a growing sense of distrust of Fairfax County Police has created a rival event in Fairfax County, a Night Out Against Police Crime. The idea is to call attention to a series of high-profile cases in Fairfax County.
"Obviously the police don't want themselves to be the focus," says Mike Curtis, one of the chief organizers of the protest, which took place outside police headquarters. "But they are responsible for a great deal of serious crime here in Fairfax County with the murder of no less than seven innocent unarmed people in recent years. So we think it's important to highlight that as well."
Mike Curtis and Lorelei McFly organized the event.
One of the people attending the protest was Chuck Modaino. He came from Silver Spring. So what brought him all the way out to Fairfax County?
"The idea that you can go and kill someone in broad daylight, sometimes even on video, and not get arrested for it is so outrageous that the better question is why aren't more people out here?" asks Modaino.
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler acknowledges his department has suffered a crisis of confidence since the death of John Geer, the unarmed man from Springfield whose death in 2013 prompted the creation of an Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission. The activists behind Tuesday's event began organizing after the death of Geer, using social media and public rallies to draw attention to the case and the lack of information available from the Fairfax County Police Department.
"The pressure that we've put on has helped lead to the establishment of the Ad Hoc Commission, and it's definitely raised awareness in the community," says Lorelei McFly, one of the chief organizers of the event. "Slowly our officials may be getting the idea that they can't just wait for this to blow over anymore."
By Election Day, when all seats on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be up for election, the commission is set to issue a series of recommendations. Those recommendations could radically transform how the department works and what kind of details it releases to the public.