A National Disgrace

From the American Spectator by R. Emmett Tyrrel, Jr.

WASHINGTON — I am just wondering whether Miriam Carey, the mentally ill mother who drove her black Infiniti down Pennsylvania Avenue after she rammed a White House barricade, was read her Miranda rights before she was shot dead in a fusillade of gunfire by a gang of well-armed police who surrounded her car at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The information has not been released, though as I write almost a week has passed since the lethal event. Why could not those crack shots have aimed at her car’s tires? Then they could have waited for her next move. It looks to me like they were shooting at the side of the car about halfway up the door. They apparently wanted to take no chances.

I guess they worried that she had some powerful explosives in the car. Yet what could Miss Carey have had that was so dangerous to them? She was still a couple of blocks from the Capitol. Did they fear dynamite? Could she have had a nuclear device? Neither was very likely. We now know that she had only her year-old child. The child was not hurt.

Thus far there has been an astonishing silence surrounding the death Miss Carey. None of the usual complainants against police violence have been heard from—not the Rev. Jesse Jackson nor the Rev. Al Sharpton. Not even the NAACP or the ACLU. Nor for that matter have the hordes of defenders of Trayvon Martin been heard from. The only voices of protest have come from the Washington Times editorial board and from two writers at The American Spectator—now there are three. This strikes me as exceedingly strange. Legal sleuths tell me that the police could be subject to charges of negligent homicide or manslaughter. Are we going to forego a scrupulous investigation because of the possibility of these charges? How long will the conspiracy of silence last? Is the entire country going to participate in it?

When it reconvened last Thursday Congress gave the participating officers a standing ovation! That is amazing. What other elected body of lawmakers would applaud the shooting of an unarmed mother. Would the British Parliament do the same? I doubt it. For that matter, I doubt that any state legislature would allow itself to be whooped up into such a frenzy.

Miss Carey was an African-American. She had been to college and graduated with a BA in health and nutrition science. She had wanted to better herself from the rough neighborhood in which she grew up, and it seems she had. But she had a child out of wedlock and suffered postpartum depression with psychosis. She was under a doctor’s care. Health authorities say she was not a danger to anyone. She surely was driving recklessly last Thursday, but those armed officers could have incapacitated her without killing her.

Why is there no outpouring of concern from civil libertarians? Some observers say that it is because “the ruling class” feared itself threatened. Democrats and Republicans in the most powerful nation on earth were threatened. The President of the United States was threatened. So the death of Miriam Carey will be given short shrift.

Frankly I find this explanation preposterous. We are a nation of laws. We extend the rule of law even to the criminal class. It should also be extended to the mentally ill Miss Carey. It is not too late to extend it to her. Perhaps this is one instance in which the Rev. Jackson and the Rev. Sharpton can join with conservatives and demand an investigation. How many more defenseless citizens are going to be killed before the civilized among us demand action?


Good questions but I highly doubt that the race-baiters will join in the meager chorus wanting to know what really happened.

What really happened does not fit the narrative of the Left.  There’s no profit in it.  Financially or politically.

~ Hardnox

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11 Responses to A National Disgrace

  1. Charles Dickens, “Tale of Two Cities”, the opening paragraph: VERY apropos.
    We are living in days so reminiscent of the period of the French Revolution, and some of its excesses, that it is flat out terrifying.

  2. Kathy says:

    I read several stories last week on this incident and they all asked the same question – why didn’t the cops shoot at the tires? So far, nobody has ever answered that question.

    I don’t think they ever said what her intended destination was, but I wondered if she got lost and in her fragile mental state, she got rattled when she saw the barricades.

    The cops grossly over-reacted. Their superiors and the media played up her mental state and played down their actions. I was hoping her family would push for answers, but they probably received payola to shush and go away.

    It’s good the child lived, but it’s sad that child is now without his mom, when it didn’t have to turn out that way.

  3. Mrs AL says:

    Guess drones can be disguised as anything these days, eh?

  4. Clyde says:

    Must be the cops were black as well. WHITE cops shooting an African American(disgusting term) would have been SCREAMED from the leftist bastards of media.

  5. Hardnox says:

    Thanks for the comments all. My best friend is a retired DC Metro cop who still maintains very close contacts within the department. My friend maintains that they effed-up BIG time. Evidently the cops got scared and did not follow procedure. They should have blocked her car. Instead they fired over 100 rounds at her. Officially there were 38 (that hit her) the rest went elsewhere.

    Btw, there is no procedure to shoot out tires due to the risk of ricochet. Didn’t stop the cops from firing the extra 62+ rounds though.

    On a side note, the Secret Service uniformed cop that wrecked his cruiser effed-up big time as well. He was traveling over 80 mph and hit the retractable balusters. Trouble is that he could have driven around them since not all of them were up. Keystone cops.

    • Mrs AL says:

      CYNICAL ALERT — so will anyone be held accountable or are they too going to be hailed as heroes?

      Serious hat back on … what were they “scared of”?

      • Hardnox says:

        Nope, no one will be held accountable since the cops are being heralded as heroes for supposedly saving politicians… which were not at risk (unofficially).

        Sacred? Yup, they had been drilled on terrorist attacks and jumped the pooch.

  6. Buck says:

    What? Neither Sharpton nor Jackson are there to rally the mobs?
    Were all the cops negroes???
    Not one white cop in the bunch so they could strut their stuff???

    • Hardnox says:

      Not sure the flavor of the cops but most are black. The Chief is a white woman though.

      I sent both Al & Jesse an email. Tapping my toe waiting for a response.

  7. Garnet92 says:

    Fired over 100 rounds? And hit her 38 times? Does that sound excessive to anyone else? The one image that I saw was when she was “surrounded” by 7-8 LEOs with weapons aimed at her and she drove off. How many actually fired those 100 rounds? That just seems ludicrous to me. How can that NOT be overreacting?

    • Hardnox says:

      According to my friend the scene you saw included the cops firing. They desperately need range time. It’s amazing that no pedestrians were hit.