Girlfriend of John Geer speaks out after settlement

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- The girlfriend of John Geer, who was shot and killed by a Fairfax County police officer, is speaking out after his family settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the department on Tuesday.

John Geer's family reached a $2,950,000 settlement with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

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Geer was shot on his doorstep by officer Adam Torres in August 2013 after police had responded to a domestic dispute at Geer's home. Four other officers, plus Geer's father and best friend, all say Torres shot Geer as he stood in the doorway of his house with his hands up.

"I am pleased that a fair settlement has been reached and I hope this may bring some measure of closure to the family of John Geer," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.

This shooting remains under a police administrative review process and criminal investigation at both the federal and state levels.

Missteps following Geer's death prompted the organization of a commission to review police practices. The first meeting of the commission was held in March. The next meeting is scheduled to take place April 27th at the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

John Geer's girlfriend and mother of their children, Maura Harrington, tells WUSA9 that she settled because "I did not want to put my children through that. They would've been put on the stand, and that would have been traumatizing."

She also says they needed to make sure her children would have financially stable futures.

But Harrington is upset that 20 months after John was killed, there have been no charges against the officer who shot him.

"John was murdered. His children deserve justice," she said. She is hopeful there will be charges or an indictment against Adam Torres soon.

Harrington is also concerned about police oversight and accountability. She wonders who was in charge at the scene of the shooting that day and wonders why no one stopped Torres from pointing his gun straight at John.

"It seems the police department has felt it doesn't have to answer to anyone," she said. She is hopeful the police commission set up to review police policies will make significant changes.

WUSA9's Peggy Fox is on the commission. It's second meeting will be Monday, April 27.


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