Two US Park Police Officers are Indicted for Manslaughter After ‘Senseless’ Killing of Accountant

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Two US Park Police officers were indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed motorist who led officers on a stop-and-go chase outside Washington, capping nearly three years of inquiry into a case that caused an outcry over concerns of excessive force. The charges against officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard come after years of agitation by the family of Bijan Ghaisar, 25, of McLean, a Virginia suburb of the nation’s capital. Some local and federal political figures also had criticized Park Police and the FBI for sitting on the case for two years without taking action or explaining events after widely publicized dash cam video of the chase and shooting raised doubts about the officers’ conduct. Ghaisar was fatally shot by the officers in November 2017 following a chase on the George Washington Parkway, outside the nation´s capital in northern Virginia, after he was involved in a minor accident.

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