Torres ends two year “The Torres Two year Vacation Plan” especially set aside for Fairfax County Police who kill people under suspect circumstances.
Officer Adam Torres has left the building…….er….department.
Recreation of the shooting based on a concept.
Fairfax County Police said……24 months…two fuck’n years…. that Torres, the cop who shot John Geer “is off the force”
When asked for a comment, Sharon Bulova said “Pay me. The cops are paying me not to talk. You want me to talk? Show me the money”
Fireman suggests putting cops in body bags and gets suspended and gets nasty letter from the police union.
Fairfax County cops murder 7 people and go on paid leave for several years and get “A good sound talking too”
Fairfax County Firefighter on Leave After Anti-Police Rant Online
Khalil B. Abdul-Rasheed posted comments on Facebook's Filming Cops page that said "we have to start putting them in body bags."
By MARY ANN BARTON (Patch Staff) August 8, 2015
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue has put one if its firefighters on paid administrative leave while they investigate comments he allegedly posted online encouraging violence against police officers, according to a statement posted by the fire department on Twitter.
Fairfax County firefighter Khalil B. Abdul-Rasheed allegedly posted the following about police officers, according to a report by WUSA-9:
“We have to start putting them in body bags. Pull the cops off, lay on the individual, form a circle or throw punches. Do something… they can’t massacre a mob.”
The post was allegedly made on a Facebook page called Filming Cops, which describes itself as a police accountability movement. It appears that the firefighter’s own Facebook page has been removed.
On Tuesday, Fairfax County released this statement:
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is aware of a recent social media post by one of our employees that concerns us. We consider this a serious matter and the situation is currently under investigation. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will not tolerate committing or inciting violence against law enforcement officers. Fairfax County public safety agencies continue to have a strong working relationship and solid professional respect for each other.
On Statter911, a fire and EMS news website, in an exchange with founder Dave Statter, Abdul-Rasheed allegedly posted:
“I’m upset and disgusted about the unfairness, racism in this country. As a black we’re not allowed to be angry. We’re a threat because of color or in my case color and religion. Black people are being gunned down… then they (officers) get to walk away.”
The president of the Fairfax Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77, Brad Carruthers, wrote to the fire department’s Chief Richard Bowers, expressing concern about the alleged comments:
Dear Chief Bowers:
It was brought to my attention earlier today that Fairfax County firefighter Khalil Abdul-Rasheed recently posted some despicable comments on social media, urging violence against police officers. To say that I and my fellow Fairfax County police officers are shocked, angry and upset about these statements would be a major understatement.
As you know, it has been a challenging time for the law enforcement community, to say the least. We’ve been taking a lot of hits lately, from all directions. We’ve been unfairly criticized, misjudged, and second-guessed by the public, the media, and politicians. Even worse, there are some who are seeking to incite others to harm police officers, and several officers have been targeted and killed for no reason other than they were wearing a badge.
ANYONE DOUBT SHE'LL GET WHAT SHE WANTS? WELCOME TO FAIRFAX COUNTY.
Fairfax wants attorney documents in John Geer case kept under seal
By Tom Jackman August 6
A top Fairfax County government attorney, who faced termination for her handling of a case involving the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man,wants to pursue a grievance against the county, which is seeking to keep key documents in the case hidden from public view.
Deputy County Attorney Cynthia L. Tianti was nearly fired in March after Sharon Bulova (D), the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said Tianti had not informed the board that the county prosecutor wanted to meet to discuss the case of John B. Geer, who was killed by a county police officer. Tianti headed the legal team that advised Fairfax Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. to withhold documents from the prosecutor in his investigation of Geer’s 2013 killing, previously released e-mails show.
County Attorney David Bobzien said in March that he was eliminating Tianti’s position as deputy in charge of operations and reorganizing the office while Tianti was placed on leave as the first step in a termination process. But in June, the county restored Tianti to her job as deputy county attorney, although she was assigned to work only on matters involving the Community Services Board, which provides help for people with mental illness and substance abuse problems.
Tianti sought to file a grievance over how she was treated, court records show. Fairfax has well-defined rules on what may be heard by the county’s Civil Service Commission, and the county executive decides whether a grievance can proceed to the commission, an impartial hearing body for county employee grievances and appeals. Court filings show that after a series of e-mails and meetings, Fairfax Deputy County Executive David Rohrer, the former Fairfax police chief, denied Tianti the opportunity to take her case to the commission.
Tianti is appealing Rohrer’s decision to Fairfax County Circuit Court. In that case are documents that apparently involve Tianti’s communications with the Board of Supervisors, according to the county’s filing. The county wants to keep those documents sealed, saying they fall under attorney-client privilege or attorney work product, according to a letter by attorney Sharon Pandak, who is representing Rohrer.
Two people familiar with the case said the communications could support a claim by Tianti that she did nothing improper and possibly contradict the board’s claims that Tianti did not keep them informed about the case. Tianti declined to comment on the case or the content of the communications. She has worked for the county for 25 years and received a top employee award for her work on another case.
Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ortiz will hear arguments Friday on whether to keep the communications between Tianti and the board sealed. The judge has 30 days to rule on whether Tianti should be allowed to proceed with her grievance.
Bulova said of Tianti in an e-mail, “It is interesting that the county attorney who advised the police and Board of Supervisors to not share or release any information is now prepared to release privileged attorney-client information that she believes might be to her advantage. This is a personnel matter regarding an employee who is not happy about being transferred (which was an alternative to being terminated). The Board of Supervisors does not participate in the grievance process and I don’t know what material or documents she wants to have released.”
Asked whether the supervisors would waive their attorney-client privilege to withhold the underlying documents in the case, Bulova said the board is not scheduled to meet again until Sept. 22 and could discuss a waiver then.
After Geer, 46, was shot and killed by Officer Adam D. Torres on Aug. 29, 2013, Fairfax police began a criminal investigation and provided the results to Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh. Morrogh asked the police that November for prior internal affairs involving Torres as part of his deliberations on whether to charge Torres with a crime.
But after consulting county attorneys Tianti and Karen L. Gibbons, Roessler refused to provide the prior Torres files, e-mails between Gibbons and Morrogh show. Morrogh referred the case to the Justice Department in January 2014 to seek the files in federal court. It is not clear whether Tianti advised the Board of Supervisors of those developments.
In September 2014, with no movement from the Justice Department, Morrogh sought to arrange a meeting with Bulova to discuss the lack of cooperation from police in the Geer case, seemingly at the behest of the county attorney’s office. “When one section of the police department is instructed to withhold information from the investigating officers and the prosecutor, the integrity of the investigation is called into question,” Morrogh wrote.
Tianti responded that she was Bulova’s attorney and would need to be present. Morrogh inquired about speaking to the board at a public meeting. Tianti answered, “I did not know of a way for you to do so,” the e-mails show.
When the e-mail exchange was made public in February, Bulova said she had never been told that Morrogh wanted a meeting and that she would have met with the prosecutor.
Various supervisors expressed frustration with the county attorney’s office, and Tianti was placed on leave in March.
Antonio Olivo contributed to this report.
Fairfax police chief responds to Iraq vet’s complaint
By Andrew Mollenbeck |@mollenbeck WTOPAugust 7, 2015 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON — Fairfax County police officers acted “safely and lawfully” when confronting a sleeping Iraq War veteran with guns drawn, Chief Edwin Roessler has determined.
The June 14 encounter came after a man called 911 to report a squatter in the model unit of an Alexandria apartment building.
“I’m just concerned about squatters using this as a routine place to squat and then breaking into my office when I’m not here,” the unidentified caller said, according to a recording of the 911 call provided by police.
But Alex Horton had permission to stay in the model unit while his was being repaired. The door was left slightly open, which led the caller to believe he had entered without authorization.
Horton’s subsequent op-ed in The Washington Post about the ensuing encounter compared the police response to raids he experienced in war.
He likened the police response with guns drawn to a “troubling approach to law enforcement nationwide.”
Roessler on Friday wrote to Horton to explain the results of the inquiry into his officers’ actions.
He wrote that they had tried to determine if the man in the model unit had permission to be there, but offices were closed and the security guard didn’t know Horton had been allowed to stay in the unit.
Police also knocked and announced themselves before entering the unlocked apartment, but Horton hadn’t come to the door.
That’s when they entered the apartment, with two officers holding their guns at what Roessler described as “the ready position.”
“Let me see your hands — don’t move,” one officer was quoted as saying as they entered the bedroom and performed a “protective sweep.”
Roessler says the department investigated the officers’ behavior after Horton filed a complaint the next day. The investigating officer found that the officers’ actions “were in compliance with all applicable rules, laws, and regulations.”
Horton’s Op-Ed prompted a second inquiry, which Roessler says determined that “the officers acted based on reasonable suspicion that a crime was occurring and took appropriate actions to safely resolve their investigation,” he writes. “I fully understand what you have articulated well about the officers’ tactics in this situation.”
He ended the letter by thanking Horton for his own service.
Fairfax County has faced its own share of scrutiny over its use of force policies since the death of John Geer, who was shot outside his Springfield home in 2013 by Officer Adam Torres. It took a lawsuit before police would release Torres’ name and prosecutors still have not decided whether he should face criminal charges.
The county announced Friday that Torres no longer works
WHAT'S THE POINT IN POSTING THE ENTIRE STORY?
Police Officer Cleared in 2014 Shooting of Dog
An investigation found "no basis for criminal liability," according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
When asked how she would handle the cops investigating the cops and once again finding the cops innocent, Sharon "Show me the money" Bulova said “I will form a toothless and costly committee to make suggestion to the police department which the police department will reject but that that way I’ll look like I actually got off my fat ass and did something"
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.
A task force looking to cut as much as $100 million from the budget of one of the nation’s largest school systems has suggested that major savings could come from getting rid of all school sports, limiting extracurricular activities and increasing class sizes.
Here’s an idea……take it from the cops…..take the money from the cops budget…..if they have enough to keep a cold blooded killer on the payroll for almost three years while he sits around at home watching TV and can afford $3,000,000 to John Geer’s family and another $1,000,000 to Sal Polisi’s family….take the money from the cops and give it to the kids.
They won’t use it to kill anybody.
Prostitution Charge Dropped in Case an Albany Journalist Called Retaliation
By JESSE McKINLEY
AUG. 9, 2015
ALBANY — In March 2012, just blocks from the State Capitol, several law enforcement officers stormed into a second-floor spa and arrested a woman, accusing her of soliciting money for sexual acts. An invasive strip search was done, thousands of dollars were seized and the woman, Min Liu, was soon charged with prostitution.
But it was the woman’s employer at the Green Garden Asian Spa who provoked the uproar: Bin Cheng, the wife of J. Robert Port, who was the investigations editor at The Times Union of Albany.
Almost as soon as Ms. Liu was arrested, Mr. Port accused the police of targeting his wife’s business in retaliation for a series of articles he had shepherded into the newspaper that called into question the tactics and practices of an Albany County sheriff’s drug unit.
“I already knew that this unit was investigating my wife,” said Mr. Port, 59, who is also a former adjunct journalism professor at Columbia University. “I knew they were watching her.”
Ms. Cheng, 46, was not at the spa during the raid, nor was she ever charged with any crime, but the implication that she was involved in nefarious activities hovered over Mr. Port’s family, he said.
“This went on for three years, a cloud over a person’s head and a cloud hanging over my wife’s business,” he said, reiterating that he believed the arrest was related to “the work I was doing with the Albany Times Union investigating local police.”
A city court judge in Albany last week dismissed the charge, a misdemeanor, against Ms. Liu, after county prosecutors concluded that the case should be dropped “in the interest of justice.”
The order, by Judge Gary F. Stiglmeier, outlined the reasons for the dismissal, including the lack of witnesses “or other evidence of the defendant’s guilt,” other than the testimony of the city detective who alleged the crime. That detective, Scott D. Gavigan, had been working with the unit Mr. Port had helped investigate, and was in the spa with Ms. Liu at the time of the sting.
Ms. Liu’s lawyer, Kevin A. Luibrand, hailed the decision, which was made on July 28, as long overdue and said that his client — a 56-year-old Chinese immigrant and grandmother with no previous criminal record — had endured a cavity search during the arrest, and “continued to experience significant distress as a result of the charges,” including hindering her ability to find work.
In his legal filings and an interview last week, Mr. Luibrand said there was no case against his client: No “buy money” for the alleged sexual acts was found, nor had Detective Gavigan produced a recording of the transaction he asserted had occurred. Mr. Luibrand also said the police had at one point falsely suggested drug activity was taking place at the spa.
“The overkill on this case was profound,” he said.
Both Mr. Luibrand and Mr. Port said they believed that the Albany police had arrested Ms. Liu, who always asserted her innocence, because they mistook her for Mr. Port’s wife.
“They didn’t know one Chinese woman from another,” Mr. Port said.
Steven A. Smith Jr., a spokesman for the Albany Police Department, had no comment on the particulars of the case, but suggested that it would approach such cases differently.
“If we had to take on one of these operations in the future,” he said, “we would certainly weigh out our investigatory options before making our decisions.”
A spokeswoman for David Soares, the Albany County district attorney, said the decision to support the dismissal came after evaluating the evidence and finding “significant proof problems.”
The drug unit that Mr. Port and Brendan J. Lyons, a reporter, investigated was disbanded around the same time as the raid at the Green Garden, according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. The raid also prompted an internal review. Sheriff Apple’s office did not respond to requests for comment about the Green Garden case, the drug unit or the findings of that internal investigation.
Mr. Luibrand said Ms. Liu, who lives in Flushing, Queens, did not speak English fluently but was a longtime aesthetician and was pleased that her name had been cleared. “She’s thrilled by it, she’s happy,” he said.
Mr. Port, who left The Times Union in 2013, said on Wednesday that his wife, who declined to be interviewed, also felt relieved. He said that her business had expanded to four spas in the capital region, with eight employees total.
Still, while he and Ms. Cheng have tried to move on, Mr. Port said that the case had left him with even more questions about law enforcement behavior.
“I think police need to behave themselves,” he said. “And police need to be policed.”