Police officers in Fairfax County, Virginia, have been killing civilians. Then they’ve been stonewalling everyone who asks about it, not even revealing the names of the officers who pulled the trigger:
Last November along the roadside of Richmond Highway, a major thoroughfare in Fairfax County, Virginia, a police officer shot and killed David Masters, an unarmed motorist, as he sat in the driver’s seat of his car…
Last month, [a reporter] asked Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer Mary Ann Jennings why her department won’t at least release the incident report on Master’s death, given concerns raised about the shooting. “Let us hear that concern,” Jennings shot back. “We are not hearing it from anybody except the media, except individual reporters.”
That’s an astounding answer. “Except the media?” That’s exactly who you would expect to file most open records requests. When asked why her department won’t even release even the name of the officer who shot Masters, Jennings got more obtuse. “What does the name of an officer give the public in terms of information and disclosure?” Jennings asked in reply, presumably rhetorically. “I’d be curious to know why they want the name of an officer.”
Because he holds a position of public trust, and he just killed a member of the public.
It galls me to no end when police officers complain about their privacy. They spend all day, every day, poking their noses into other people’s business, but when someone asks them the hard questions, they refuse to answer. (We could all learn a lesson here.) People who cash the public’s paycheck should answer to the public.
So let me ask what every cop asks when a citizen refuses to cooperate: What are you trying to hide? Until I get a better answer, I’m going to assume that they’re covering up a murder by a police officer. They’re welcome to prove me wrong.