Arlington Attorney candidate Parisa Dehghani-Tafti is facing some major backlash from two police unions after her claims of a 2015 officer-involved shooting, which was ruled justified, was actually a case of police brutality that was not prosecuted.
The claim was sent out in a mailer by the Democrat, who is running an on police accountability and problematic law platform.
According to Arlington Now, both the Arlington Police Beneficiary Association and Arlington Coalition of Police are demanding an apology and have issued a statement to set the record straight.
The incident occurred in 2015 when an officer fatally shot a man three times after the suspect hit him in the face with a metal bar.
In the mailer, Dehghani-Tafti says deadly use of force was not justified and she believes it was a case of police brutality that was never prosecuted.
Arlington County Police re-released the report from the incident show how and why the shooting was justified.
Dehghani-Tafti has doubled down on her reasoning saying the man was a schizophrenic who was off his meds, did not initiate violence, and the officer was unable to communicate because he didn’t speak Spanish.
The mailer in question says incumbent Democrat Theo Stamos refused to prosecute police officer in casees brutality.
Together with the Arlington Coalition of Police, the two orgs specifically pointed at this campaign mailer which accuses Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos of “refusing to prosecute police officers in cases of brutality” with links to two cases at the bottom. pic.twitter.com/GRza1Fq6pF
— Airey (@howisthatlegal) May 7, 2019
She claims she is not anti-police.
The vote will be held on June 10th.
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