In 2013, John Geer was standing in his doorway when Officer Adam Torres shot and killed him. Former Officer Torres was indicted and arrested on Monday, according to Reuters:
The charges mark the first time in the 75-year history of the Fairfax County Police Department that an officer will face charges for an on-duty shooting, the Washington Post reported. The indictment comes amid a national debate on police use of deadly force.
Officers were called to Geer’s home in the Washington suburbs because of a domestic dispute. Witnesses have alleged that Torres shot Geer as he stood inside his doorway with his hands raised talking with officers. (Ian Sampson, Washington DC)
This case garnered national attention due to the nature of the incident.
The fact that in 75 years (the entire history of the department), no other officer in Fairfax County been charged in the murder of a citizen is a suitable backdrop to the nexus of this story; the ongoing violence, perpetrated on citizens who happen to be African-Americans, is worthy of serious discussion and awareness-raising in the general public.
It is long past time to look the other way while figures of authority and armed police violate the rights of anyone in this country. Not only for minorities of all kinds, but for everyone. This is the only legal way.
This is not to say that public displays of opinion and protest are not needed or effective, rather, that more of that is needed in an atmosphere where everyone is able to respect each other enough to actually solve problems.
That will never change.