Skip to comments.Deadly Capitol Mayhem: Why Did Miriam Carey Travel From Connecticut to D.C.?
Posted on 10/03/2013 9:33:30 PM PDT by IChing
Wild speculation abounds regarding todays bizarre and fatal encounter today between various federal police agencies and a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, who beginning at 2:14 p.m. was first involved in some kind of confrontation at one of the White House gates.
With her infant daughter inside her black Infiniti luxury sports coupe, the driver, an attractive, pleasant-looking (based on her Facebook photos published by various news outlets, and a photo found on her employers website) African-American woman by the name of Miriam Carey, ran down a U.S. Secret Service officer with the car as she abruptly turned the car around after pulling up to the gate, then crashed away from the scene, jeopardizing the lives of numerous responding police and others as she raced at high speed toward Capitol Hill.
Even though police opened fire on her when she again crashed away from being momentarily boxed in by police as she neared The Hill, Carey eventually made it as far as the Hart senate office building adjacent to the Capitol, where her vehicle finally came to a stop by some concrete barricades after police opened fire a second time, killing her.
Fortunately, it is being reported by major news outlets that Careys daughter, estimated at between one and two years old, is okay. Conflicting reports are pouring in as to whether the child was injured in the melee or not, however all reports concur in saying that she is now safe and in protective custody, having been extricated from the car and carried away by police.
Much of the insane, violent chase was captured on video by a nearby TV crew, and was broadcast across news networks soon after the whole incident came to a close.
Like a scene out of a Hollywood action movie, part of the drama unfolded on camerareplete with police in vehicles and on foot closing in around the suspects briefly motionless car near the Capitol, seeming to trap her. Carey then suddenly crashed into a police cruiser in reverse, then gunned her coupe toward, then away from, the numerous officers who had drawn and pointed their weapons at her as they surrounded her car on foot, ordering her to desist and surrender. She defied them and almost ran officers over as she sped off, followed immediately by an audible barrage of police gunfire.
Whether any of those officers who had surrounded Careys car were able to see that there was a small child inside the car is, at this point, still an open question. If so, controversy is heaped on to what would otherwise be considered a clear-cut, justified use of deadly force situation.
A car can itself be considered a deadly weapon, and when an officers or anyone elses life is threatened by someone behind the wheel, stopping the driver with gunfire, if realistically possible, is warranted. However, if attempting to do so causes a greater risk to the lives of innocents, reasonable officers should make that much more attempt to otherwise simply evade the threat, while minimizing the likelihood of grave harm to bystanders, hostages, and so on.
Secret Service and Capitol Police chiefs and spokespeople are being fairly tight-lipped about details of the incident, despite a couple of very short press conferences having been held this afternoon and evening. They set a somewhat understandably defensive tone, saying that their officers acted properly, given the unknown exact motives of the suspect, and the unknown extent of the threat posed by the rapidly unfolding situation at a time of heightened political tension in D.C. over the government shutdown deadlock, and lingering conditions related to terrorism threats and recent mass-shootings.
So in the absence of reliable and specific information, the speculations spin wildly on internet forums, while more serious theories emerge from bits and pieces of information trickling in from Careys home state.
What was Miriam Carey doing in Washington, D.C., anyway? Why did she come all the hundreds of miles from Connecticut?
Ordinary tourists dont normally drive their cars up to the heavily fortified and staffed White House security gates, with small children inside, and then suddenly get into confrontations with the Secret Service, crashing over barriers and careening away as they bounce an officer off their cars hood and onto the pavement, as witnesses are reported (by the Washington Post) to have described the scene. Witnesses are also reported to have described the guard who challenged Carey to be highly agitated and loud in his exhortations and warnings as she failed to stop or heed him: The Secret Service guy was having a cow, a man named B. J. Campbell said, yelling at her and banging on the car.
The New York Daily News obtained a statement from Careys former employer, Dentist Brian Evans, who said that Carey fell down some stairs and had a pretty significant head injury during the two years she worked for him. Otherwise, Evans said, despite some media reports of Carey having mental issues, when he let her go from her job last year, it was nothing related to any mental problems that we were in tune to. Evans said that there was never insubordination per se or anything like that, but she tended to go against the grain a bit. It was revealed by Evans that Carey discovered she was pregnant while hospitalized after her head injury, and that she seemed happy.
Some of the theories being batted around on internet forums are outlandishly eerie. People have remarked that today, Oct. 3rd 2013, is the twentieth anniversary of the infamous Blackhawk Down military misadventure involving U.S. forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, and that the Miriam Carey is rumored to be of Somali descent.
Simultaneously, it has been noted that not too long ago Carey lived in Brooklyn, New York, the same place Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was born and raisedand that they were both 34 years old.
Other sketchy theories have to do with the confrontation at the White House gate, and whetherin the utter lack of any other compelling information to go onthe incident stemmed from some kind of domestic/paternity issue concerning Carey and a Secret Service officer, or some distress and derangement on the part of Carey regarding federal benefits, the government shutdown, and/or the botched, pricey, partial-birth mis-launch of Obamacare, and so on.
Never ones to miss an opportunity to grotesquely pounce on a crisis, at least two democrats in the House of Representatives (one of them the notorious Sheila Jackson Lee) have sought to exploit the incident in debate on the House floor, saying that it was directly the result of the opposing partys stand regarding funding of Obamacare, and the ongoing deadlock over government operations.
I expect that well know more about Miriam Carey in short order, and why she drove herself to her untimely end in the heart of our Capitol. Until we do, things remain very tense here, for reasons beyond her mysterious, deadly road rage.
I am sad, too. Dead mother, orphaned little one, now in foster care. And, we will never know why.
The world I once knew no longer exists. Look up Matthew Arnold’s poem, Dover Beach. Just an excerpt below.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
This is where we are.
You learn something new at FR every day. I was amazed at how much dental hygienists make too.
Maybe someone in the secret service is the daddy? Remember when a bunch of them got in trouble with some hookers down in Brazil, or wherever? I think they hired a bunch of new ones after that.
He then pulled out his badge shieldy thing and told me he was "watching a house down the block over a drug issue". I asked him if would like a cup of coffee while he waited? He said "Sure". So I went inside and got him a travel mug of coffee. He then told me that there were some people down the street in a rented house who had no business being in a place where nice people live, like us who want to know what's going on in their neighborhood and treat people nicely.
Now in today's nutty world, just think about how badly that encounter could have gone down? Think about the version of the story that would make it on the news if he was some jack-booted power crazy dumass?
It’s a matter of supply and demand. I used to be a dental hygienist and was making $40/hr back in the seventies in Phila, while hygienists in VT were making $40/day. They make $60/hr where I live now. Most don’t work a $40 hour week, though.
I think it more likely tat Michelle id the father.
Grover Al Norquist is a wolf in sheeps clothing.
You don’t get babies out of a mans butt!
Sorry I don’t know how that happened.
I think twice about initiating confrontations like that myself. I would more likely keep an eye on someone like that and gather info like lic. #, model make, personal description. Note his actions and note times. Check round chambering in my arms. Maybe call the Sheriff and give a head’s up if the situation really seemed queer. But I live in a rural area and don’t see things like that very often. A stakeout in a big SUV would stick out like a polar bear in the desert.
Seems to be a common speculation today. Why else would this woman drive 250 miles to the Capitol with her baby in the back seat?
Had to be some sort of powerful inducement. Until we get more data, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that this had something to do with the child's father, who may be a gov't employee in that area.
Thank you. I guess I don’t know wage rates very well.
I can’t imagine! And I don’t think I want to. LOL
Interestingly I saw mine today and she drives a 7-series BMW.
My father told me to go into health care. Seriously. But did I listen?
I suspect they do.
Watch the video. LE had surrounded the vehicle looking in every window from close range. If the child was in a baby seat they surely would have seen it. Perhaps the child was hidden from view.
She sure doesn’t seem to be hesitant in her driving.
Of course I have been watching the video repeatedly all day. My 30 years in LE and security operations is primarily what prompted me to add the part about how the possible or even likely knowledge that a child was within would or should have caused the cops to hold their fire.
If the child was hidden from view, why? It adds to my mystification as to why she came to D.C....?