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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Nov 16, 2019

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak at the second anniversary of the killing of Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police this Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.  This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would not pursue legal action against the officers who shot and killed Ghaisar. Norton, along with Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), released a letter yesterday urging the U.S. Park Police to open an internal investigation into the killing.

In the letter, they write: “With the conclusion of the Department of Justice review, U.S. Park Police must open an internal investigation. We ask that the investigation consider personnel sanctions, including possible termination, for the two officers in question. The investigation should review the Park Police’s policies and practices for body and dashboard cameras, vehicle pursuits and use of force. The Park Police owe the results of this investigation to the Ghaisars, Congress and the public.”

Since the shooting, Norton and Beyer have introduced bills to require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and to require federal police officers to participate with local and state task forces, regardless of whether those local forces wear body cameras.  Since the latter bill was introduced, the Justice Department announced a pilot program for body-worn cameras by federally deputized task force officers.

Media attending may RSVP to jack.miller@mail.house.gov.

WHAT:  Congresswoman Norton speaks on the second anniversary of Bijan Ghaisar’s killing

WHEN:  Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 PM

WHERE:  The Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington DC

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