Food For Thought: Did Police Shoot Miriam Carey Because Of Her Race?
Miriam Carey’s sisters screamed loudly that their sister did not have to die in the hail of gunfire from D.C. police.
They did not say or even hint that race had anything to do with the young black woman’s slaying in her alleged attack on the White House.
The blizzard of oft times conflicting reports on how and why she was killed has left plenty of room for much speculation and serious doubt over whether Carey really was a dangerous suspect who had to be gunned down because of her reckless vehicular careening at the White House and through city streets, or because she was allegedly so depressed, or whacked out on meds.
There are three indisputable facts that raise the doubt level about the way she died and equally why she had to die. And with both, race can’t be scrapped as a factor. The threat level is one. Carey did hit a barrier near the White House and she did panic and flee in the process posing an apparent danger to other motorists and officers. This tagged her as a legitimate suspect for apprehension and arrest. But this action hardly rose to the serious threat level of a possible mjor terrorist attack on the White House. There was no gun fire from her vehicle or any hint before or during the chase of the threat of gun play, or the use of any other weapon, other than her car. Another fact is that there have been multiple attacks on or near the White House over the years. They have included treats to blow up the White House, actual shots at the White House, the brandishing of a gun near the White House and an actual crash through the White House gates. None of these have resulted in the slaying of the suspects even though each case involved an actual violent act, and in a couple of the cases guns.
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