D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said recently that people should not rush to judgment after an autopsy showed that federal agents repeatedly shot Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist visiting the nation’s capital last fall with her toddler in tow, who apparently made a wrong turn near the White House.
She was shot at least five times – three in the back.
It seems to me it was law enforcement who rushed to judgment, killing a woman in a hail of gunfire who posed no threat to the public.
Lanier recognizes the public is getting tired of the stonewalling in the probe of Miriam Carey’s death. The incident took place Oct. 3 – nearly seven months ago in broad daylight, in front of dozens of witnesses and video cameras that miss almost nothing in and around the Capitol.
How long does it take to do an investigation of a police shooting in those circumstances?
Lanier said “some bad conclusions can easily be drawn from a police shooting case when limited information is released.”
That’s why it’s long past time to release all of the information police have.
Lanier hinted the only defense police have for the shooting is their extreme fear of terrorism.
“We’re protecting the White House, the president, Congress,” she said. “Sometimes a weapon is not the big threat. A vehicle getting close to those places could be full of explosives. That’s the threat.”
In other words, every American visiting the Capitol in a car represents a threat. Miriam Carey never got any nearer to the White House or Capitol than any other visitor.
Personally, I don’t like being told not to rush to judgment about the shooting of an unarmed woman in the nation’s capital by the authorities that did just that in killing her.
They rushed to judgment that a young woman with a toddler in a car seat represented a terrorist threat. They were wrong. Seven months is a long time to wait for the results of the investigation to be made public. Until the facts are out, those responsible for killing Miriam Carey still represent a grave threat to other innocent members of the public.
Members of Congress also rushed to judgment when they gave the cops a standing ovation for their work before Miriam Carey’s body was even cold.
So just who is it that is rushing to judgment seven months later?
Personally, I’m shocked by the lack of outrage being expressed in Washington over the killing of Miriam Carey.
I’m shocked there isn’t more curiosity about why police reacted with such overwhelming and erratic force to a woman who had clearly made a wrong turn – and panicked. Who wouldn’t when cops draw their guns on you and your baby?
I’m shocked there isn’t more pressure on the cops to come clean and release the videos.
One thing is certain: Police in Washington are handling situations considerably differently than police in other major cities.
It’s time for the police and Attorney General Eric Holder to set some deadlines for the conclusion of this endless investigation.
It’s time to release all the reports, all the videos.
It’s time for proper disciplinary actions to be issued.
It’s time for a review of procedures to ensure other innocent members of the public will not be gunned down for a minor driving infraction.
It’s time for the cops, who are the only ones who rushed to judgment in this incident, to stop stonewalling, making excuses and suggesting the threat of terrorism gives them license to shoot anyone that behaves strangely or makes a wrong turn.
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