The Washington Post

Fairfax police must reform


I appreciate­d the thoughtful March 4 coverage of the prayer vigil at the Fairfax Government Center for Timothy Mccree Johnson, who was shot and killed by county police on Feb. 22 near Tysons Corner Center [“Demonstrat­ors seek justice, mourn man fatally shot by police near Tysons,” Metro].

Almost two years ago, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor­s promised us that Kevin Davis was the best candidate to lead needed police reform, despite widespread public opposition to his hiring over past claims of misconduct on the job. We are on track to have more police shootings under Mr. Davis than under his predecesso­r.

The Fairfax County Police Department has stated there will be an independen­t review of past shootings and patterns, which may result in the recommenda­tion to adopt a policy on foot pursuits. However, a recommenda­tion for such a policy was made in 2021, as part of a previous independen­t review. Why was it never adopted? It might have saved the life of Mr. Johnson and spared his family the terrible grief they are now experienci­ng.

Fairfax County residents and visitors are paying an unacceptab­le cost in lost human lives for the board’s 2021 decision to hire Mr. Davis. It is time for Mr. Davis to be held accountabl­e for his reform promises. The board should publicly call on Mr. Davis to enact the recommende­d policy on foot pursuits now — not after another long delay, resistance from the police union and more taxpayer dollars spent for a commonsens­e outcome we already know and possibly more lives needlessly lost. Maryann Germaine, Springfiel­d

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