To be fair, given the fact that a car can be a deadly weapon, it is possible that the DC police, secret service, National Park guardians, and whoever else was present with a badge and firearm, may have been justified in shooting the thirty-four-year-old mother to death. But I don’t understand why the police are being praised as “courageous” for doing the deed. It seems more like an unavoidable tragedy than an act of heroism in the face of danger.
As far as I can tell, it is quite possible Carey made a wrong turn, and then panicked in response to an angry guy bang on her car:
“Oregon residents B.J. and Susan Campbell saw a black sedan driven by a woman heading west on Pennsylvania, into a security checkpoint at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The driver went about 20 yards, B.J. Campbell said, before rapidly turning the car around at the concrete security barriers. ‘The Secret Service guy was just having a cow,’ B.J. Campbell said. ‘Yelling at her and banging on the car.’ The Secret Service officers pulled a black metal gate into her path and she slowed to try to go around it. Then the agent moved the gate in front of her again. At that point ‘she just gunned it,’ B.J. Campbell said. ‘She ran the barricade down and the guy; knocked him up onto her hood. He rolled off into the street, and she tore off down Pennsylvania Avenue.’ The whole encounter lasted about 20 seconds, he said.”
This raises questions to my mind, which I would like someone to show some interest in investigating rather than singing of police heroism.
There are other questions. Here is Wolf Blitzer interviewing Patty Bills. It gets especially strange fifty-five seconds in:
I don’t know which is creepier: what Bills says she saw or the way Blitzer doesn’t seem to hear what she said.
Here is how I think the interview should have gone:
Wolf Blitzer: “Did you see the child in the car too?”
Patty Bills: “…As soon as the child was pulled from the car that’s when the gunfire really let loose.”
Wolf Blitzer (in my imagination of what he ought to have said next): “Wait a minute Patty! Did I just hear you right? Did you say the police shot after they had removed the child from the car?”
But he just went on to ask Bills about her feelings.
This needs to be investigated. And while we are at it, maybe some journalist can find out why Carey’s family was never permitted to see her body. Why did they only get to look at a picture? And where is Carey’s child now? The family says they were not permitted to see her but were told she is safe in “protective custody.” Who is she being protected from?
My cynical guess is that the child is being kept as a bargaining chip so that the family will agree to not sue in exchange for custody. Whatever might be true, I would love for the media to show some interest in the story and devote themselves to some real journalism rather than interviewing security experts praising the DC police.