This afternoon, Fairfax County Police released a statement that Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh decided that the killing of Giovanny Martinez (also known as Yovani Gomez) outside of iNova Fairfax hospital where he sought treatment was “justifiable homicide” and Sheriff’s deputy Patrick McPartlin would not be indicted. McPartlin was one of the six officers involved in the death of Natasha McKenna in 2015. Despite Sheriff Kincaid’s public promises that the officers involved in the killing were no longer working with inmates in crisis, McPartlin was regularly assigned to the mental health Diversion center for duties and was accompanying an inmate at the hospital the day he killed Giovanny.
They waited until a Friday afternoon to drop this decision, and when they did, the Fairfax County Police Department report didn’t even include Giovanny’s name.
Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh and Police Chief Ed Roessler have made it clear they have no interest in holding Stacey Kincaid’s sheriff’s deputies responsible when they kill people. Sheriff Kincaid could have prevented #GiovannyMartinez’s death by firing the officers involved in killing #NatashaMcKenna. Instead, she placed at least one of those six men, Patrick McPartlin, on duty where he would continue to interact with and abuse mentally ill people. Natasha McKenna and Giovanny Martinez deserve justice and we will keep pressing Fairfax County until this racist policing is stopped. We are tired of watching this county celebrate so-called “reforms” that leave all the power in police hands. It’s time for Fairfax to be accountable to the people who live and work here.