FAIRFAX NAACP STATEMENT ON OFFICER FREITAG CASE DISMISSAL
Although the case of former-officer Freitag appears to involve wrongdoing by a single officer, the Fairfax County NAACP strongly believes that this is just another example of the systemic problems in Fairfax County (and across America) that has allowed the unjust treatment of Black and Brown communities for far too long.
The Fairfax County NAACP branch applauds the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney for its efforts to return Mr. Wilson home to his family. Too many prosecutors have defended too many examples of racially or culturally-biased policing long after it became clear to reasonable people that the actions were improper, and the NAACP Branch appreciates Mr. Descano’s willingness not only to call out improper policing, but to do the work necessary to make amends for past mistakes. We will continue to monitor as events unfold concerning other cases in which Mr. Freitag may have exercised the authority entrusted in him as a police officer unlawfully – and with racial or cultural bias.
Although the Commonwealth and Fairfax County have taken steps in the right direction during the past few years, we continue to demand additional, substantial police reform, including the hiring of a progressive Chief of Police committed to leading a department that is built on respect, trust and fairness. Our law enforcement should protect and serve equally, regardless of color, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, etc.
We will also continue to work with the Board of Supervisors, the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, and the Fairfax County Police and Sheriff Department to end systemic and implicit bias towards the Black and Brown communities in Fairfax County.
Karen T. Campblin
Fairfax County NAACP