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Statement of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys on the Killing of George FloydWe, the elected Commonwe...

Statement of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys on the Killing of George Floyd

We, the elected Commonwealth’s Attorneys of the counties, cities, and towns of Virginia, stand united in condemning the brutal, senseless, and inexcusable killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Mr. Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer, who was sworn to protect and serve all citizens, strikes at the heart of our mission, as prosecutors, to treat all people as equal and to see that justice is served. We do not condone the tactics employed by those four officers and reject the use of unnecessary force by law enforcement against any member of our communities.

Our primary duty as prosecutors is to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm and to punish, through the law, those who harm them. We share that duty with the hard-working, self-sacrificing law-enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect our communities and who carry the burden of making amends for the abuses of the worst among them.

To our fellow citizens who have peacefully protested, we share your grief and anger. We recognize that the killing of George Floyd is but the latest killing of a black person while under

police control. We commit ourselves to have honest conversations with our law-enforcement agencies and our communities to ensure not just that we are policing but that we are policing in the right way, without bigotry or racism.

We must redouble our efforts to apply the law fairly to all people, to root out implicit and explicit bias in our ranks, and to use our positions as community leaders to rebuild trust and also build trust that has never existed before.

Carved in marble above the doors to the Supreme Court, the temple of American justice, are the words, “Equal Justice under Law.” In honor of the memory of George Floyd, we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of that sacred ideal.

Full news release can also be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2XNkcKL



June 1, 2020

Statement Of Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Buta Biberaj

LEESBURG, VA – On May 25, 2020 I witnessed the murder of George Floyd. For 8 mins and 46 seconds, AMERICA witnessed the murder of George Floyd. I extend my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. And to every African American person who fears that George Floyd could be them, their son, their father, their brother, their friend, I am sorry.

Yesterday was another challenging day for our nation and our communities. For me, my day started with a prayer. I needed to shore up my faith because it was severally challenged. With prayer, came tears. However, the tears could not wash away what I saw on May 25 and many times thereafter. Then came the screams. The need to yell away the pain and heartache was strong – but I was not successful. Believe you me, I tried. So, my anger intensified. So, I did what many of us are doing, I looked for action. I need action. Without action, I feel powerless. Without action, I feel broken. Without action, I feel defeated. I need action. So, I found action. I went into Leesburg and participated in the “I Can’t Breath - Silent Walk”. I walked and talked alongside over 1000 Loudouners in unity. And, it felt great. And, my spirit was awakened. I became stronger. I was ready for further action.

So, I decided on and come to you with action – I come to you with a challenge. I need you to join me and “VoiceUP!” I promise you that I will “VoiceUP!” That means that I will step up and speak up when I see an injustice. Be that injustice in the Courts, in the grocery store, at the gas station, in the streets, in a restaurant, in a park, or anywhere that I am. And, I want you to “VoiceUP!” I need you to “VoiceUP!” in the board room, at the daycare center, in the schools, at your job, in your community – everywhere you are, “VoiceUP!” when you see an injustice. We need to stand up for all members of our community and at all times. Not just after a tragedy. When we “VoiceUP!”, each of us has the opportunity to protect and raise up our neighbors.

George Floyd is dead because not one of the four former Minneapolis police officers chose to “VoiceUP!” Not one of them said “stop,” “no” or “enough.” I truly believe that if just one of them chose to “VoiceUP!”, George Floyd would still be on this earth and his children would still have a father in their lives.

Since that fateful day, our community has fallen into an abyss I can only call grief. We have grieved over the senseless killings of Trevon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Philando Castillo, Antwon Rose, Jr., Ahmoud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and now George Floyd. And only GOD knows how many others that were not exposed and video-taped for us to know their names. And, each day we continue grieving because many of us feel powerless, helpless and hopeless. I am reaching out to you to say “VoiceUP!”

When I was struggling for action, I was confronted by the fear that our community would succumb to its grief, anger, and rage. That the destruction that we are seeing nationwide would infiltrate our community and break us further. I am proud to say, WE are Loudoun! We will not hurt, destroy or injure one another! Yes, WE will “VoiceUP!” We will work together to have conversations that may be extremely uncomfortable, troubling and hurtful. But, we will work towards a more unified and just community. We have the opportunity and responsibility to “VoiceUP!” By embracing our voices, we will see each other with new eyes. We have to see each other as brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and mothers and fathers. We have to come together with warmth, humility and mostly, humanity so we can develop unity and address the problem – because it is OUR problem. And, we can do it - WE are Loudoun! As has been said before “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I choose to stand with Loudoun.

Since May 25th, many of us have experienced a roller coaster of emotions – our emotions include shock, anger, fear, rage and frustration. Today, I say to each and every person in Loudoun County and beyond, to include the entire United States “VoiceUP!” Yesterday, at 3 p.m. our community engaged in a Silent Walk in memory of the murder of George Floyd. We walked together in peace and unity through the streets of Leesburg and onto the Courthouse lawn and gathered in front of the courthouse steps and we revived hope. Let’s keep walking towards solutions for our community.

As the world witnessed the pseudo lynching of George Floyd by four men who murdered him all the while dishonoring their uniforms and the positions of trust and respect that they were granted, we felt shock – how is this happening yet again! And we watched as they allowed Chauvin to place and keep his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 8 mins and 46 seconds. They failed to act and save George Floyd’s life. Even after they checked George Floyd’s pulse and determined there was none, they allowed Chauvin to keep his knee on George Floyd’s neck for another 173 seconds. They failed George Floyd. They failed the people of Minneapolis. And, they failed all of us. I pray and hope that Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – the four former Minneapolis Police Officers who murdered George Floyd while the world watched, are charged, prosecuted, convicted and punished. But, that is not enough - it is time for us to “VoiceUP!”.

Anyone who embraces destruction under the cover of protest only serves to muffle our Voices. We will “VoiceUP!” and not tolerate it. We will not engage in the destruction that we see elsewhere because THAT defeats us in our purpose which is to condemn the murder of George Floyd. We will not destroy businesses as most are barely surviving due to COVID-19 because that only harms our community and detracts from our condemnation of the murder of George Floyd. We will not engage in violence that endangers lives because that only harms our community and takes the focus away from the murder of George Floyd. So, Loudoun “VoiceUP!” To every law enforcement officer that condemns the actions of Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, and recognizes them to be the criminals that they are – we thank you and will continue to respect and protect you. For any law enforcement officer serving in Loudoun County who does not have a problem with the actions of those cowards, surrender your badge, you have no place here in our community. And, I commit to assist every head of each law enforcement agency to get rid of you immediately. We will treat you like the criminal you choose to become if you dishonor the uniform and badge and violate our trust. We will not let you place our community and the honest police officers in jeopardy because of your ill will. You will have no place here in our community.

So now, I say to you – each and every one of you. “VoiceUP!” Regardless of the color of our skin, the country of our birth, the language of our voices, the level of our education, the jobs that we have, the money in our bank accounts, the circles that we run in – “VoiceUP!”

To Loudoun County Sheriff Chapman “VoiceUP!”

To Leesburg Police Chief Brown “VoiceUP!”

To Purcellville Police Chief McAlister “VoiceUP!”

To Middleburg Police Chief Panebianco “VoiceUP!”

To all of my partners in Justice and our community law enforcement leaders in America: “VoiceUP!”

To our elected Board of Supervisors: “VoiceUP!”

To our elected School Board Members: “VoiceUP!”

To Every Elected Official across our County: “VoiceUP!”

To Every School Board Administrator: “VoiceUP!”

To Every Teacher in our Loudoun classrooms: “VoiceUP!”

To Every Coach and Mentor: “VoiceUP!”

To every Loudoun County Employee: “VoiceUP!”

To Our Judges who have the power and responsibility to end the systemic injustices that make up our criminal justice system: “VoiceUP!”

To all of Our Business Partners: “VoiceUP!”

To All of Our Institutions of Higher Learning; “VoiceUP!”

To Every Loudoun County Resident: “VoiceUP!”

To Every Parent, Grandparent, Aunt and Uncle, Neighbor, Friend,Co-worker Colleague: “VoiceUP!”

Have the conversations that share the experiences and heart of one another. When you hear racist words, “VoiceUP!.” When you see racist acts, “VoiceUP!” When you have the opportunity to teach humanity, “VoiceUP!”

WE are Loudoun and we will “VoiceUP!” If we continue to be silent, we are no different than the 3 former police officers who did nothing, said nothing and destroyed everything that was George Floyd. What do you want to stand for – Loudoun? “VoiceUp!”

Yesterday was a day of revival – we saw that we all have hope. Today is a day of empowerment – we can all “VoiceUP!”. Today and every day hereafter is a day of action. I am seeking your thoughts and ideas on how we can better serve our community. What do you think we need to and can do to ensure that there is never a Derek Chauvin in our midst? That there is never a Derek Chauvin wearing our police uniforms? How can we better support our community – to include our African American families – to give them safety and security? To ensure them that when they wake up in the morning, they don’t need to worry whether they will come home alive in the evening? So that no Loudouner has to suffer like the family and friends of George Floyd.

Contact me – [email protected] / Cell phone: (571) 291-1202. “VoiceUP!” with me.

Original News Release: https://bit.ly/2zFxqQx

We Are Here to Help: Loudoun County DART and COVID-19

During times of crisis, stress can lead to frustration, anger and violence. The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the entire Loudoun County Domestic Abuse Response Team are working hard to keep our community safe. If you or someone you know is not safe, we are here for you. #WeAreHere

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call or text 911

For 24-hour local, confidential service, Call the LAWS hotline: 703-777-6552

Suspect animal abuse? Call Animal Services: 703-777-0406

Suspect abuse of an older or incapacitated adult? Call Adult Protective Services: 703-771-0437

Suspect child abuse? Call Child Protective Services: 703-771-5437

Need legal help, court or protective orders? Call Legal Services of Northern Virginia: 703-778-6800 or the LAWS Legal Line: 703-771-3397

Please find information from Loudoun County Government regarding instituting temporary closures of departments to implem...

Please find information from Loudoun County Government regarding instituting temporary closures of departments to implement social distancing protocols, to include #Loudoun County Courts. Details here: bit.ly/3d6yPOR

The #Loudoun County government is instituting temporary closures of departments to implement social distancing protocols. Details here: loudoun.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=5591

Be sure to stay informed about the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. Learn about the County’s respo...

Be sure to stay informed about the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. Learn about the County’s response and what you can do protect yourself and your family at www.loudoun.gov/coronavirus.


Jury Convicts Hassan M. Gailani in Sterling Double Homicide

LEESBURG, Virginia - February 28, 2020. The Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday the conviction of Hassan M. Gailani in the 2018 double homicide at a Sterling, Virginia café.

After an eight day trial, a Loudoun County jury found Gailani, 36, guilty on two counts of first-degree murder – for killing Ahmed S. Osman, 35, of Sterling and Murtada A. Marof, 40, of Herndon; seven counts of shooting within an occupied dwelling; and two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorneys, Ryan Perry and Angela Vernail, presented the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The trial concluded with a twelve person jury recommending Gailani’s sentence at 77 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.

“It has been a difficult 21 months for the families of Mr. Osman and Mr. Marof. They, and this Commonwealth Attorney’s office, appreciate the hard work and dedication of Sheriff Chapman, his team, and Mr. Perry and Mrs. Vernail. Working together made it possible to present to the jury the facts that supported the guilty verdicts. We are mindful that this trial is but a part of the legal process and that it does not salve the pain and heartache of the Osman and Marof families. Their brave testimony to the jury reminded all of us about the beautiful lives lived by victims in this case. We hope that this difficult process has brought some healing for them in the midst of this tragedy. Our community is committed to continuing to support the families as they need,” said Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.

Gailani entered the Pharaoh’s Café around 1:45 a.m. on May 14, 2018, and fired seven shots at the intended victim, Ahmed S. Osman. Murtada A. Marof, a bystander inside the café, was also shot and killed. Testimony presented during the court proceedings showed that Gailani used a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun that he had purchased several weeks prior to the shooting, and had taken a firearms safety course.

“The quick response and actions of our deputies after two people were violently killed inside a café ensured this murderer was taken into custody. I am proud of the professionalism of all those involved in the investigation and successful prosecution,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Gailani’s case is currently set for March 13, 2020, in Loudoun Circuit Court where the scheduling for a final sentencing hearing will be held before the Honorable Stephen Sincavage who presided over the trial. Gailani continues to be held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Original News Release: https://bit.ly/32zeRHA


The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!Our office will be closed ...

The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Our office will be closed January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year's Day holiday.

Be safe this New Year's Eve and don't drink and drive.  Lyft Rides are being offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol ...

Be safe this New Year's Eve and don't drink and drive. Lyft Rides are being offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide program from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. through January 1, 2020 in the Greater Washington area to help prevent drunk driving. Learn more: http://www.wrap.org/soberride

Are you a teen aged 12-17 who has lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another? Consider joining the Teen Ho...

Are you a teen aged 12-17 who has lost a loved one through the criminal actions of another? Consider joining the Teen Homicide Survivor Support Group. New sessions begin January 2020 at the Gum Springs Library.

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, pleas...

We publish a list of Grand Jury indictments monthly. To view this month's list, along with prior Grand Jury lists, please visit: http://www.loudoun.gov/oca


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