Press Releases

Joint Statement on Charges Filed Against U.S. Park Police Officers in the Killing of Bijan Ghaisar

Washington, October 15, 2020

In response to Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano announcing charges filed against the two U.S. Park Police officers for the 2017 killing of Bijan Ghaisar, U.S. Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement:

"After nearly three years of stonewalling, lies, and cover up, this is a major leap forward towards the justice that the Ghaisar family deserves.

"We’ve all seen the video of these officers firing unprovoked into Bijan’s car. We’ve held hearings in Congress to demand answers. We’ve called on the Justice Department, the FBI, and the Park Police to provide transparency and accountability. Yet, we’ve been given no answers, no explanation, and no justice.

"The DOJ would rather close the book on this case and move on -- but we refuse to let that happen until justice is done.

"We applaud Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano for taking this necessary action to hold those involved with Bijan’s killing responsible."