Friday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff August 28, 2015 at 8:00 am 4 Comments

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Pricey, Pricey DC — The Washington, DC, Metro area is the most expensive place in the country to raise a family. You need $106,000 just to get by. [WTOP]

Defending Geer’s Shooter — The head of a local police union calls Adam Torres, the former Fairfax County Police Officer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of unarmed Geer in 2013, a “scapegoat.” [WTOP]

After Issues Found, Silver Line Work Resumes — Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said crews have resumed placing some of the concrete girders that will support Silver Line Metro tracks at Dulles International Airport. [Washington Post]

Tell VDOT — The Virginia Department of Transportation is updating its regional network of bike routes and needs to measure its progress since 2004. Take a moment to take this survey to help them plan changes to the bike system [Fairfax County]

  • Withheld

    I feel bad for the cop, rotting in jail without bond. Maybe the police dept should look at better training, specifically conflict resolution. And trim back on the helicopter budget while increasing the bike budget, should do wonders for morale. That said, I found most FCP most courteous and professional, especially compared to other jurisdictions.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I feel bad for the residents of Fairfax county. They could of rioted and looted local stores and gotten a lot of free stuff after this unjustified shooting. Instead they went about their lives and will let court system handle punishment.

      • Henry Rearden

        I went to work – because tons of people on the government plantation need tax money

  • John Higgins

    It’s likely we will never know what caused Officer Torres to shoot Mr. Geer. From published accounts, the conflict resolution process – conducted by a trained negotiator – was working. This was not an act by a cop who arrived on the scene and started shooting. After standing on alert for FORTY MINUTES,all the while holding a 1.25 pound weapon (try doing that some time), Torres saw something or thought he saw something he interpreted as a threat. Was his interpretation wrong? We don’t know. Was this even a conscious act versus a reflex? I doubt even Torres knows. He may not have the mettle for police work, as most of us do not, but that’s a giant leap to willful criminal conduct. Let’s hold off on judging him or offering tidy solutions to a problem we havent even defined.


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