Amid Deghani-Tafti’s brutality accusations, Arlington police officers formally endorse Theo Stamos

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Current and retired Arlington County police officers have publicly endorsed incumbent Theo Stamos for Arlington Commonwealth Attorney.

Earlier this month, Stamos’ challenger, Parisa Deghani-Tafti, distributed campaign flyers that alleged
Stamos acquitted an Arlington County police officer for the murder of an Arlington man in 2015.

In an investigation, Stamos concluded the officer, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call between the victim and his elderly mother, acted in self defense when he shot the victim. The man hit the officer in the face with a metal pole. The wound required 60 stitches.

Detective Jeffrey Lubin is president of ACOP, or the Arlington Coalition of Police; one of two organizations to endorse Stamos. Lubin says ACOP endorsed Stamos before Deghani-Tafti distributed the flyers. ACOP is a union of 295 current, ranking officers. 

“As soon as your integrity is impugned in any way, your employment with this organization is separated,” said Lubin. “We would expect that someone who wants to be the chief law enforcement officer, which is what the commonwealth’s attorney is, would hold themselves to the same standard or even higher standard.”

Earlier this month, ACOP and the Arlington Police Beneficiary Association requested an apology from Deghani-Tafti. Lubin says ACOP has not received one. 

The Tafti team has declined several requests for comment.

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