FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Members of the group Justice for Geer say on Facebook that the cold will not keep them away and they intend on staging a peaceful demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
They are protesting the deadly police shooting of John Geer August 29, 2013 during a domestic call and the way in which it was handled. It took 17 months and a court order for Fairfax County police to release the police report and name 8-year veteran officer Adam Torres as the man who pulled the trigger.
The report also says Geer had multiple guns, threatened police and a trained negotiator tried to "peaceably resolve the situation." Witnesses including the victims long-time friend Jeff Stewart and father, Don Geer, dispute the report. They say the victim was not armed, had his hands up and there was no negotiator. Still, they are not attending the protest because they say this was not an abuse of power; rather, a terrible mistake.
After Geer was shot he went inside his home and shut the door. Still, police waited one hour for a SWAT team before entering the home. At that point, Geer had died.
A federal investigation is underway. Geer's girlfriend filed a civil suit on behalf of the couple's two young children.
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