As stories of terror go, it was a flash in the pan. The likely reason was that it ended promptly, with the death of Miriam Carey, reports explained, who “tried to ram a barricade in front of the White House before speeding off.” So she was shot to death from behind, as her one-year-old in a car seat survived.
Peculiar story, for sure, but there were a series of explanations for such bizarre behavior. Drugs. Mental illness, which overcame the suburban Connecticut dental hygienist mother. Who knows why someone would ram a barricade at the White House.
The results of the investigation might provide some explanation, except nothing has been publicly released. Same with the video outside the White House. Eight months later and there is nothing.
[S]ince the initial news conference on Oct. 3, no one in authority has even attempted to explain why Carey was killed or what happened that day to cause the Capitol to go into lockdown.
“It’s just bizarre. What’s so complex about this incident? It’s a police shooting. You know who the parties are. You know who discharged their weapons. I mean, c’mon, it’s not complex. We should have known within in a week or two. I don’t understand what’s taking so long,”
That comes from Carey’s lawyer, Eric Sanders, a former NYPD cop, who plans to sue for her death, who is awaiting the results of the investigation and, more importantly, the video.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is reviewing the investigation concluded months ago by the D.C. Metro Police, told WND, “The matter remains under review, and we have no further comment at this time.”
It is the same response WND has regularly received from that office since it began reviewing the report, months ago.
Are authorities just hoping people will forget about the story and it will go away from lack of publicity?
That’s an excellent question, as the answer appears to be that Carey, with her daughter in the back seat, made a wrong turn into the south gate of the White House, panicked, u-turned and drove away. And so the police started firing.
When Mike Paar sent me a link to this story, it was because this otherwise “insignificant” story was curious, as it was now eight months old and there were no answers. But for the World Net Daily article, which billed the killing as “fascinating,” it would have easily fallen into obscurity, a one-day wonder story.
When it was included in a post here, it didn’t warrant any particular scrutiny. The ramming of a barricade was still the explanation du jour, and its interest was found in the need to shoot the fleeing car. Because they need to shoot at fleeing cars, which the Supreme Court says is fine.
Once the story is stripped of its ramming the barricade myth, however, there is no justification under Tennessee v. Garner as there was no fleeing felon. There was only an embarrassed dental hygienist. With her one-year-old in the back seat.
Now knowing that there was no barricade ramming, no drugs, no mental illness, the story of Miriam Carey’s death becomes even less interesting, and yet more a story of importance. If, as believed, this was an overreaction by police to a woman who made a wrong turn, who then shot her to death and is now burying their mistake by invoking excuse number 4, and no one cares, we’ve got another problem.
Have “mistaken” police killings become so pedestrian that we shrug them off this easily? Do we forget so quickly that merely delaying the outcome of an investigation assures that people will lose interest in the mistaken killing? Does our fear of terror cause us to swallow the myth so easily that no one questions why a mother from Stamford with her daughter in the backseat would decide to try to ram her way into the White House?
There are bigger cases, causes, questions raised every day, and the guys caught up in the politics of such things will focus on them with breathless attention and Sunday morning news show attacks and ripostes. The death of Miriam Carey will never make Entertainment Tonight, because there are so many more important stories about Bieber and Miley and Brangelina.
Nor am I immune, as I had forgotten all about Miriam Carey until Mike sent me this link. As Eric Sanders says, there should have been an answer to what happened within a couple of weeks, and yet here we are, eight months later, being fed the standard excuse. Miriam Carey’s daughter deserves better. Miriam Carey deserves better. Eric Sanders deserves better. I, on the other hand, do not deserve better because I forgot all about Carey and her daughter. And for that, I am ashamed.