The lights on the National Christmas Tree flickered on and off Sunday as the National Park Service assessed damage to the tree. The hope is that the lights will be on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
One year after the shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar, his family gathered outside the Justice Department, looking for an update on the investigation into the shooting by U.S. Park Police.
The group also promised to keep applying pressure on officials until they get the answers they seek surrounding the shooting of Bijan Ghaisar on Nov. 17, 2017.
Dozens of people lit candles and stood in the dark Thursday night at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue in Fairfax County, Virginia, to remember an unarmed driver shot by U.S. Park Police along that road nearly a year ago. See photos of the vigil.
Rep. Don Beyer was motivated to bring the amendment forward after the death of Bijan Ghaisar, the 25-year-old McLean man who died after being shot nine times during a traffic stop by Park Police in November 2017.
The family of Bijan Ghaisar, the 25-year-old accountant who was mortally wounded last year by U.S. Park Police, is demanding the federal police agency equip its officers with body-worn cameras.
“I’m just asking for a face-to-face meeting with the director of the FBI, Director (Christopher) Wray to talk about this and hopefully to make sure that this FBI investigation doesn’t turn into something that’s a year long or two years long,” Beyer wrote.
U.S. Park Police Chief Robert MacLean canceled a meeting Tuesday with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va. Park Police later released a statement about the decision to cancel the meeting.
Arlington County has denied a request to turn over the 911 call made after Bijan Ghaisar was involved in a fender bender, shortly before he was chased and fatally shot by U.S. Park Police.
The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday on the northbound side of the parkway near Route 198 in the area of Laurel, Maryland, a U.S. Park Police spokesman said.
Bijan Ghaisar, a 25-year-old accountant from McLean, was killed by U.S. Park Police after a pursuit on the George Washington Parkway last November.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called the chase and shooting of 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar last November a violation and tragedy, and is proposing legislation that would make Park Police interactions more transparent.
A man died after crashing into a tree on northbound George Washington Parkway early Monday morning, causing the road to close for three hours.
Friends, families and even strangers held vigil on the National Mall for a man fatally wounded by U.S. Park Police.
A man who led U.S. Park and Fairfax County police on a chase on the George Washington Parkway is in critical condition.
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