End of an Error: Adam Torres Indicted for Murder of John Geer

Yesterday history was made for the second time in the John Geer case. The murder of the unarmed father of two by a Fairfax County cop had already resulted in the largest wrongful death settlement for an officer-involved shooting in Virginia history; With yesterday’s 2nd degree murder indictment for Adam Torres, it also marks the first time a Fairfax County police officer has been indicted for such a crime in the department’s entire 75 year existence.

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Let’s party like it’s 1939 – the last time residents didn’t have to worry about Fairfax County police officers getting away with murder

We’re still a long way from a conviction, and can only watch and wait to see if 12 people of good conscience make their way onto this jury and deliver the conviction this case demands, but this is still so much farther than we’ve ever come before. And we are going to relish the hell out of this moment. It took an enormous amount of hard work and perseverance to get to where we are today, and all the people who protested, gave public comments, and collectively wrote thousands of online comments, letters to the editors, and op-eds should bask in this moment, because none of this would have been possible without sustained grassroots activism from the community.

The Washington Post, usually reliable for insightful and accurate reporting on the John Geer, totally missed the boat on the vital role played by community activists:

It’s worth noting that the decision to call a grand jury to examine Mr. Torres’s actions in the Geer case came about only after months of pressure by a judge, a U.S. senator, local elected officials and the media.

The judge’s order to release documents in the case was a tremendous factor in getting movement on this case, and Senator Grassley’s inquiries helped highlight the shameful lengths Fairfax County officials had gone to stonewall in this case. Likewise, reporters Tom Jackman, Mary Kimm, Tim Peterson, Michael Pope, John Lovaas, and Dave Statter all have a proven track record of covering the culture of corruption within Fairfax County that has enabled killer cops to go unpunished. Their relentless and stellar reporting in this case broke new ground, especially when compared to their egregious colleagues who still falsely characterize a mortally-wounded man shutting his door as a “barricade situation.”

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However, one of these is not like the others. The Washington Post has publicly blasted Fairfax County’s elected officials for their inexcusable silence and dereliction of duty in this and the Natasha McKenna case, and exposed their collusion in attempting to keep a prominent civilian oversight advocate from getting a seat on the hastily-formed, law-enforcement-loaded ad hoc commission to review police policies and practices, so it’s completely baffling that they now credit these same officials. Every positive move forward these officials have taken is because the public has been holding their feet to the fire the entire time, making it known in no uncertain terms that no longer will they tolerate these murders and cover-up attempts.

If you need more evidence of just how unwilling these elected officials are to embrace change, look no further than yesterday’s press conference about the Torres indictment. Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, says what a sad day it is on four separate occasions. We think that’s a pretty odd reaction to an event that finally brings a measure of justice to a murdered man and his surviving family, and somewhat repairs both the police department’s and prosecuting attorney’s seriously damaged reputations. We made this video to help her get a new perspective on the indictment.

READ MORE ABOUT FAIRFAX AND WHAT LEAD TO THE ADAM TORRES INDICTMENT HERE.

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  • dingus

    Thanks CopBlock from residents of Virginia!

  • Josh Van Etten

    Wife better try KickStarter next. Something tells me if this guy goes to Prison, he’s got a BIG deposit coming to him.

  • Common Sense

    Look, I was right….again.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    500,000 to go. And I don’t want to see them peacefully put in prison. I want to see their blood being used to paint murals of their misdeeds.

  • simpleton

    This should not make people happy, as it should be expected. It should be just another murder case.

  • mioman

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • Letsstayfocused

    Let’s not forget about the good officers out there everyday protecting us! These issues in Fairfax are isolated and rare to occur. Also, the people who lost their lives were NOT innocent but rather criminals, mentally unstable, etc.

  • 0 accountability

    Are you serious just because they had these problems they deserved to die?? wow that’s who these people are on here who support police. Yes I know there are some good ones but to many bad ones and have to admit maybe their goodness is a declining element in them for not getting the bad officers off the force.

  • Shmuck

    Tomorrow’s lottery numbers please? ( that’s meant as a compliment by the way )

  • Shmuck

    DPGP , are you quoting Slayer lyrics again? :) If not, Tommy needs to use them in the next album!

  • Shmuck

    This “protection” you speak of is about as worthless as an extended warranty on a printer.

  • Shmuck

    IM sure the brothers in blue ,along with the FOP will bond together and help this brothers wife continue living life. Have some faith.

  • Bubs

    Oh, well if they were mentally unstable, then it’s okay to kill them. That’s good to know, because I’ve got this neighbor who’s a right pain in my ass, ya see. So if I murder him, it’s okay, because he’s not all there upstairs. What a relief!

  • Joseph Murray

    So people who have broken a law or have mental issues are no losss and we shouldn’t be upset about them dying? Police can instantly tell if you’re totally innocent (pretty much nobody) and judge the value of your life accordingly? Every corrupt police defender I’ve ever read uses that word- protect, EVERY ONE. Clearly they’re coming from a position of blind fear. Fear destroys your ability to reason! Your attitude disgusts me.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    You would be surprised how many times I use movie lines or obscure lyrics. Most people never ever see them, it’s a way for me to test if people are really paying attention. ;)

  • Shmuck

    What ? Lol

  • mobooz
  • mobooz

    Spooky scary skeletons
    Send shivers down your spine
    Shrieking skulls will shock your soul
    Seal your doom tonight

  • Common Sense

    And that’s just it, rarely does anyone get it.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. Lol ;)

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Scary, isn’t it? I can quite often walk into a crowd and feel alone. I just stand there and watch these things walk around me. Most the time I wonder if their even conscious.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    You’ll shake and shudder in surprise

  • dingus

    I’m feeling faint…

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