The family of Bijan Ghaisar has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the U.S. Park Police who shot and killed the 25-year-old in Fairfax County, Virginia, during a traffic stop on Nov. 17, 2017.
A Fairfax County cruiser dashcam filmed the shooting while providing back-up in the pursuit of Ghaisar.
The incident began when Ghaisar’s SUV was rear-ended in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Ghaisar suddenly stopped in the left lane, the driver and passenger in the striking vehicle told police, noted WRC-TV in January 2018.
Ghaisar was unarmed when he fled police two times during the chase. Both times two officers appeared to approach Ghaisar’s car with their guns drawn before he drove away, notes the McLean Patch.
When Ghaisar came to a stop at a stop sign, the armed U.S. Park Police officers fired their guns nine times, striking Ghaisar in the head.
Ghaisar’s family told WRC-TV:
Bijan Ghaisar was repeatedly threatened by over-aggressive and out-of-control law enforcement officers after he drove away from a minor traffic incident in which he was the victim and in which there was little property damage and no known injuries.