Bijan Ghaisar, 25, was shot and killed by police officers in Alexandria, Virginia, in November 2017.
Ghaisar was driving his car to his parents’ house for dinner. He was rear-ended by an Uber driver when he suddenly stopped in a traffic. The driver and passenger reported the incident to 911. According to the accident report, Ghaisar left the scene without giving his information to the driver, thus violating the law.
The police found Ghaisar’s car and parked the patrol car in front of it so that he could not escape. When he rolled away, the police fired ten shots and fatally wounded him. Ghaisar was unarmed and died in the hospital ten days later.
Ghaisar’s family sued the city and the police department, but in October 2021, the police officers who shot Ghaisar were cleared. In January 2022, attorneys general of nine states and the District of Columbia asked a federal appeals court to reverse a federal judge’s decision to dismiss the case against the police officers.
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“We intend to appeal this decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals because we do not believe the law allows an individual to circumvent the accountability of the criminal justice system simply because of who their employer is,” Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano said in a joint statement. “We believe that a jury should have the opportunity to hear all of the evidence and determine whether these men committed a crime when they shot and killed Bijan Ghaisar.”
“We remain confident in the merits of the Commonwealth’s case against the U.S. Park Police officers who took Bijan Ghaisar’s life. We will continue to do everything in our power to hold them accountable and pursue justice on behalf of the community and the Ghaisar Family,” attorney General Mark R. Herring and Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano said in a joint statement.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.