VA Officials Vexed by Secrecy of Police Shooting Investigation


Officials in Fairfax County, Va., say they are troubled by a lengthy delay in releasing information about the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a county police officer, and they are taking steps that they hope will help restore their constituents' trust, reports the Washington Post. Sharon Bulova, the county board chairman, said she will meet with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring this week to discuss how the county could better handle information related to police shootings.

The county posted more than 11,000 pages of details on its website last Friday evening about the Aug. 29, 2013, shooting of John B. Geer, who according to police officers and other witnesses had his hands up when Officer Adam D. Torres fired one shot into his chest during a standoff at Geer's home. The information had been kept secret for 17 months. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating, but federal prosecutors have yet to announce whether they will pursue criminal charges in the case.

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