Fairfax Co. police share decade’s worth of files on officer shootings

WASHINGTON — In an effort to increase transparency, the Fairfax County Police Department is sharing a decade’s worth of information on officer-involved shootings.

The case files, which detail all 37 shootings over the past 10 years, are now available through the department’s website.

You can read the summaries of each case, as well as the commonwealth’s attorney’s finding and the internal affairs department’s conclusion on each. You also can see breakdowns of the cases by the race of the shooting victim, any weapons the victim had on him and how many years of service each involved officer had at the time.

“We have made the information available on this page to build trust and to create constructive dialogue with the community,” Police Chief Ed Roessler said in a statement.

“We desire to increase engagement with the community and our profession to constantly seek input to enhance our practices.”

Information on future shootings also will be posted on the site, Roessler said.

Fairfax County police came under heavy scrutiny for withholding information in the case of John Geer, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by an officer in August 2013.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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