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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Culosi Family's Response Email from March 29, 2006

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: County Police Unjust Shooting of Our Son, Salvatore J. Culosi
From: salandanita@justiceforsal.com
Date: Wed, March 29, 2006 4:50 pm
To: Chairman Email (chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov) Cc: "FCPD Chief,Fairfax County Police"(ChiefFairfaxCountyPolice@FairfaxCounty.gov), Sharon Bulova (braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov), Joan DuBois (Dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov), Michael Frey (sully@fairfaxcounty.gov), Anthony Griffin (CoExec@fairfaxcounty.gov), Penelope Gross (mason@fairfaxcounty.gov), Cathy Hudgins (hntrmill@fairfaxcounty.gov), Gerald Hyland (mtvernon@fairfaxcounty.gov), Dana Kauffman (leedist@co.fairfax.va.us), Elaine McConnell (Springfield@fairfaxcounty.gov), Linda Smyth (provdist@fairfaxcounty.gov)

Chairman Connolly,

Thank you for extending your condolences and kind words. We appreciate the gesture. We also appreciate your efforts to reach out to Sal's friends, patients, our friends and supporters in Fairfax County who have contacted you and the other Supervisors.

You indicate in your email that Chief Rohrer will be providing a report to the Board of Supervisors. We ask that in the spirit of full transparency and accountability, that this report and all the underlying incidents or inquiries of this investigation be shared with our family.

In our email to you and the other Supervisors dated March 22, 2006, we asked you and the Board to consider five action items. While we appreciate that you and the Board are beginning to take steps, we note that you neglected to address items 1, 2 and 5 and only touched on our concerns in items 3 and 4. Specifically:

  • The Board has not addressed our concerns about the conflict of interest that may exist and Chief Rohrer's ability to supervise, direct or oversee a fair and impartial investigation, based on the chain of command and the fact that Chief Rohrer and the officer who shot and killed Sal have served together nearly their entire careers.
  • We believe it is not our family's responsibility nor is it the Washington Post's to 'out" the officer who shot and killed our son. We believe Chief Rohrer, and if not him, certainly the Board of Supervisors, has an obligation to publicly name this officer given the circumstances or provide a reasonable explanation for refusing to do so.
  • The Board has not addressed whether it intends to approve the currently proposed increases to the police department budget, including acceptance of any grants. As we stated previously, we are sure the police department has many legitimate needs and we are supportive of making sure that the police have the right tools and training to do their job, and know how and when to apply them, which was definitely not true when it came to Sal. But we do not believe the Board should rubber stamp the budget increases until you have had time to fully evaluate the circumstances, policies and decisions that directly resulted in our son's death.

Finally, we would also like to bring to your attention that one of our friends received an email receipt from the office of one Supervisor indicating that their note had been deleted without being read. Our hope is that this message was delivered in error and that every Supervisor takes correspondence from their constituents seriously.

We thank you again for reaching out to our family. We look forward to hearing back from you and the Board on these outstanding matters and to hearing from Chief Rohrer as your email indicates.

Yours sincerely,
BY EMAIL
Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore J. Culosi
(Address and phone # omitted from web posting for privacy purposes)