Sign commemorating death of Bijan Ghaisar stolen from shooting site

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Washington, February 7, 2019 | comments
Washington Post

On a corner at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue in Fairfax County, Va., where Bijan Ghaisar was fatally shot in November 2017, his family posted a small sign reminding the world that they were still waiting for answers: Who were the two U.S. Park Police officers who killed Ghaisar, why did they do it, and will they be charged? The sign was stolen, twice. So in November, Virginia state Sen. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) erected a larger sign, four feet by four feet and chained to a nearby tree, with the words “One Year, Zero Answers.”

And now it’s been stolen, too.

The Ghaisar family said the theft is an insult to the memory of their loved one. They have been waiting for more than 14 months to find out why the 25-year-old accountant was gunned down as he sat behind the wheel of his Jeep Grand Cherokee, unarmed, on Nov. 17, 2017.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who represents the district where Ghaisar was killed, said at a town hall meeting Saturday that he was "pressing for a congressional hearing on the Bijan Ghaisar killing. It has been almost 15 months since Park Police officers fired nine bullets into Bijan’s car despite his having broken no laws and presenting no public danger.” A spokesman for Beyer said planning for such a hearing was in the early stages.

“It’s vigilantism,” Surovell said. “It’s somebody that clearly isn’t happy that we’re publicizing an unjustified police murder on a major road on a daily basis. Maybe they’re uncomfortable with it.” He noted the theft occurred shortly after Beyer said he wanted to hold a congressional hearing on the case.

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