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U.S. Senator questions Fairfax County's actions in John Geer case

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- A United States Senator is criticizing Fairfax County leaders for withholding information about a fatal police shooting from the public.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and he says it's time Fairfax officials release the 9-11 call, and the name of the police officer who shot John Geer 15 months ago. He's written a letter about the case to the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney.

"Let's look at Ferguson, let's look at Staten Island, we know a lot about what happened there, in just a short period of time. I think that he police department ought to be embarrassed that they have said nothing in a year and a half," Grassley said.

"All I hear is, 'It's an ongoing investigation and we can't tell you anything.' After 15 months, that's ridiculous," said Don Geer. He and his family kept quiet for a year waiting for some news about the investigation into the shooting death of his son, John.

John Geer, 46, was unarmed when he was shot to death in his own doorway by a Fairfax county police officer on August 29, 2013. Don Geer was one of several witnesses who say they saw John's hands up, while officers had their guns drawn and pointed.

The family wants many answers, but most importantly, they want to know the officer's name who pulled the trigger.

There is no Fairfax County criminal investigation into the incident at this point.

Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh handed the investigation off to the U.S. Attorney's officer due to a conflict of interest. Sources close to the investigation say Morrogh felt he could not conduct a legitimate investigation because the Fairfax County Police Department would not hand over materials necessary in the case.

Senator Grassley disagrees. "What's disappointing is a U.S. Attorney has to go to court to get any information…it doesn't sound to me like a cooperating agency," said Sen. Grassley.

"One of the things that creates a lot of problems for a lot of people needlessly is the lack of being candid and wanting to give information. It leads to the impression that there's a cover-up. Not just in this case, that's typical throughout government. That it's legitimate to raise, 'What do you have to hide?'"

That's what John Geer's family and friends would like to know.

Written by Peggy Fox



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