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  • Norton, Beyer Introduce Bill to Require Uniformed Federal Police Officers to Wear Body Cameras, Use Dashboard Cameras
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Federal Employees

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced a bill to require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles. Norton and Beyer introduced their bill just before the one-year anniversary of the November 17, 2017, shooting of unarmed 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police officers. Ghaisar was fatally shot in his car by Park Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, after he fled a car crash and... Read more

  • New bill would mandate body cameras, dash cams for federal police
    Posted in Articles on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Federal Employees

    WTOP | A new bill introduced by D.C. Dem Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., would require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles. And they’re doing it just before the one-year anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed man by U.S. Park Police. “Federal police are late in requiring body cameras and dashboard cameras, which help ensure transparency, protect the public and officers alike and hold bad actors accountable,... Read more

  • Del. Norton, Rep. Beyer draft bill for police body cams after shooting of Bijan Ghaisar
    Posted in Articles on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Federal Employees

    ABC 7 | Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) have completed the drafting of a bill that pushes for body/dash cams for federal officers after U.S. Park Police fatally shot Bijan Ghaisar. Ghaisar left the scene of a minor accident and was later chased by Park Police. He pulled over and slowly pulled away from them three times. But the third time they fired nine shots killing the 25-year-old man on Nov. 17, 2017. In the days following the shooting, Park Police releas... Read more

  • Beyer: “One Year After The Shooting Of Bijan Ghaisar, We Are No Closer To Understanding Why He Had To Die”
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Federal Employees

    A day before the anniversary of the U.S. Park Police shooting of Bijan Ghaisar, an unarmed, 25-year-old man who died days later from his wounds, Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement: “One year after the shooting of Bijan Ghaisar, we are no closer to understanding why he had to die. The complete lack of transparency by federal authorities continues to hurt Bijan’s loved ones and undermine trust in the community. There is no excuse for taking this long to release the most basic informatio... Read more

  • After California shooting, Democrats vow to tackle gun violence
    Posted in Articles on November 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Fox News | Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said called on Congress to "act" as "our hearts go to the victims, their families and first responders." "This cannot keep happening. Congress has a responsibility to act. We have a responsibility to keep Americans safe. We are failing them," Beyer said. Click here to read the full article Read more

  • Rep. Don Beyer says FBI investigation into Bijan Ghaisar shooting wrapped up weeks ago
    Posted in Articles on November 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Federal Employees

    WJLA | Dozens of people lined a Fairfax County road to call for justice close to where an unarmed man was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police nearly a year ago. The parents of Bijan Ghaisar, along with friends and supporters, held candles along Fort Hunt Road at its intersection with Alexandria Avenue. It was at that intersection that Park Police officers fired nine shots on November 17, 2017, killing the 25-year-old Tysons Corner man. Click here to read the full article Read more

  • Trump laments lack of armed guards in synagogue, strongly condemns anti-Semitism
    Posted in Articles on October 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Jewish Telegraphic Agency | President Donald Trump said the outcome of a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning “would have been far better” if the synagogue had more armed protection inside. “This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately,” Trump told reporters just hours after the shooting. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.” The shooting left 11 dead and several others injured. ... Tr... Read more

  • Trump: Synagogue Shooting Could Have Been Avoided if Temple Had Armed Guard
    Posted in Articles on October 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Slate | Many were quick to criticize Trump for his comments. “His lack of empathy is just staggering,” wrote Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia. Some also pointed out that Trump suggested an armed guard could have prevented the whole situation even though the shooter injured several law enforcement officers. Michael Eisenberg, a past president of the synagogue, told reportersthat “we’ve never had any threats.” Click here to read the full article Read more

  • Wadler To Be Awarded at Women’s Conference
    Posted in Articles on October 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Women's Economic Empowerment

    Virginia Connection Newspapers | Alexandria’s Naomi Wadler will receive the Clara Mortenson Beyer Women and Children First Award for her advocacy in support of gun violence prevention. Wadler, 11, organized youth protests at her school in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. earlier this year. She also addressed crowds at the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. The award will be presented Saturday, Oct.13, at U.S. Rep. Don Beyer’s fourth annual women’s conference and forum, “Breaki... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer To Honor Gun Violence Prevention Activist Naomi Wadler At Annual Women’s Conference
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence

    Rep. Beyer announced today that Alexandria’s Naomi Wadler will receive the Clara Mortenson Beyer Women and Children First Award for her advocacy in support of gun violence prevention. Wadler, 11, organized youth protests at her school in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year. Her subsequent address to crowds at the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. became an international sensation. The award will be presented Saturday, October 13, at Rep. Beyer’s fourth annua... Read more