Friday, October 04, 2013


Relatives of Miriam Carey converged in Bushwick to try to make sense of the events that unfolded in Washington, where the 34-year-old dental hygienist and former Brooklyn resident led police on a pursuit toward the Capitol after trying to ram the White House gates. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who said he was briefed by Homeland Security, said she did not appear armed. 'There was no return fire,' he said. 
Some details emerging about the young single mother who went berserk yesterday in Washington. We don't have much to go on -- no surprise that mental illness seems to be an issue, I'm reading postpartum depression -- but I will never understand why the police are TRAINED to shoot to kill, especially an unarmed woman with a child. Yes, a 5,000-pound car is a weapon. But aren't police cars built just for that reason -- to ram and block people like Carey? Furthermore, the New York Times reports that she was shot AFTER exiting her vehicle -- and that her body was so badly disfigured afterward that it made identifying her difficult. And that "dozens" of shots were fired, leaving two officers wounded -- meaning they shot EACH OTHER. A tragedy all the way around, and I'm sure the cops were doing their best under difficult circumstances. But still, it really seems like they need to calm down with this movie-scene rapid firing. We have seen far too many bystanders getting shot lately.


Michael Diamond said...

I agree with all that in normal circumstances. However, she was attacking the White House, so that immediately cries BOMB!. I think at that point, you can't ram her car, you just have to take her out.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

Fine. But if you're a trained marksman, why do you need to shoot a dozen bullets? They hit one another?!!!!