Do white lives matter to the liberal news media? On August 29, 2013, an unarmed white man, John Geer was killed by Fairfax County, Virginia police officer Adam Torres. The officer’s name sounds like he could be Hispanic. Yet Geer’s shooting death didn’t turn into a viral media sensation like the shooting death of Trayvon Martin that same year. Before the facts were in, reporters didn’t rush to judgment to come to Geer’s defense or refer to Torres as a “white Hispanic” or Hispanic for that matter. But they did in the Martin case—with gusto and speed.
The facts surrounding the case not only make Torres look guilty, but the Fairfax County Police of engaging in a cover-up. Geer, a 46 year-old father of two, was upset that day after his long time partner Maura Harrington told him she was leaving him, and moving out of their townhouse in Springfield, Virginia into an apartment. As he started throwing her things into the front yard, Harrington called police.
When Torres and another officer arrived, Geer met them at the front door, showed them a holstered handgun, said he would use it then placed it inside the door. Several officers on the scene and neighbors said Torres suddenly shot Geer who had his hands up at head level (in a don’t shoot position). “Fairfax police, uncertain of Geer’s condition, waited an hour” before giving him any medical assistance while his family begged for help, according to the Washington Post.
For 16 months, the Fairfax County Police Department refused to release the officer’s name or make any information about the case public — until earlier this year when a judge ordered the department to provide the investigative file to Geer’s family. Earlier this month, Fairfax County paid Geer’s family nearly $3 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Harrington. However, it has been 20 months, almost two years since Geer was killed, and no charges have filed against Torres.
A day after the police department announced its settlement with the family, the Fairfax County prosecutor Raymond F. Morrogh announced it would convene a grand jury to decide whether to indict Torres. I guess the county was finally shamed into doing what should have been done almost two years ago.
Why hasn’t CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and every other liberal news outlet expressed outrage over the handling of the case …given it wall-to-wall coverage and demanded justice for Geer? Could it be Geer was the wrong color to warrant outrage from the liberal media?
And regardless of the facts, liberals will always care more about an “unarmed black man” killed by a white man. If a victim and his or her assailant doesn’t fit that description, don’t expect the case to make headlines — much less garner outrage or a press conference from President Barack Obama.
In January 2014, Fairfax County’s prosecutor referred the case the Justice Department, which still hasn’t decided whether to file any charges. After the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was quick to declare that the Justice Department would conduct investigations of both shootings to determine if either man’s civil rights had been violated, and if it would press its own criminal charges. But America’s first black AG showed no interest in getting to the bottom of Geer’s death.
The only lives that seem to matter to Democrats like Holder are black males killed by white men. I’ll be curious to see if America’s first black female Attorney General Loretta Lynch picks up where Holder left off, or decides to defend a colorblind justice system.