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Posted on 07/10/2014 3:31:52 PM PDT by PoloSec
Officers who fatally shot an unarmed Connecticut woman after a high-speed car chase from the White House to the Capitol last fall will not face criminal charges, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Prosecutors who spent months investigating the shooting of Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Connecticut, said they concluded that officers from the Secret Service and the Capitol Police did not use excessive force and did not have the criminal intent required for a prosecution.
The shooting on the afternoon of Oct. 3 ended a bewildering chain of events that spanned just minutes but put the Capitol, the Supreme Court and other buildings on Capitol Hill in a frantic lockdown. Her child was in the back seat of the car but was unharmed.
The U.S. Attorney's Office released a timeline Thursday providing the most detailed account to date of Carey's interaction with law enforcement.
Authorities said the incident began when the former dental hygienist drove into a well-marked White House checkpoint, ignored orders to stop and then struck a bike rack and an officer in her path. She then led officers on a chase toward the Capitol, at one point ramming a marked police cruiser and later veering onto a sidewalk in what prosecutors described as "reckless and evasive driving."
After striking the unmarked car of a Supreme Court police officer, prosecutors say, she revved her car engine, reversed the vehicle and drove directly at a Capitol Police officer who was approaching from behind. That officer and another officer from the Secret Service fired nine rounds each and Carey's car crashed into a kiosk and came to a rest. She was unconscious at the time and did not get out of the car, according to the account from prosecutors.
Carey suffered five gunshot wounds to her neck and torso, one of which was fatal, and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the authorities said.
Carey had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and psychosis. In the months before the Washington incident, she told police officers at her Connecticut apartment that President Barack Obama had communicated with her and had set up cameras to record her life for national news outlets, police said.
It is not clear why she came to Washington that day. She was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, police have said.
To build a criminal prosecution, the government would have had to have proven that the officers used excessive force and willfully and intentionally broke the law by shooting her.
"Accident, mistake, fear, negligence and bad judgment do not establish such a criminal violation," the office of U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said in a statement.
Eric Sanders, a lawyer for Carey's family, said in a statement that the Justice Department's decision was not surprising and does not affect her family's legal position in a wrongful death lawsuit against the Secret Service and Capitol Police.
Was she a white woman?? Oh never mind.
I saw the video....looked like a legit shooting to me.
It is apparently perfectly okay to pull people out of their cars and shoot them after the threat is over.
“I saw the video....looked like a legit shooting to me.”
Everything looks legit to you. Especially if a woman is on the losing end of it. Weren’t you in the cheering section of that psycho cop beating the woman on the freeway?
I want to be around when those clowns have to splain it to God. That should be interesting. They are murderers and in their hearts they probably know it.
No dogs were injured in this shooting....
(weird. somehow I got logged out)
Maybe I’m getting a lightning strike for some posting I did. Can’t think which one would cause it....
It's too bad the same thinking didn't apply to George Zimmerman last year in Florida; however, he wasn't a cop.
Everyone who accidently, mistakenly, fearfully, negligently or simply uses bad judgment to kill another human being and is a cop gets away with it. All others are booked, bailed (if the can afford it) and tried.
They would have shot her even if they knew she had a baby in the car. It may have been a “good” shoot, but they are crazy how each year it seems they need to protect the leaders from “new threats.”
She was shot 5 times in the back of the neck — executed after she had stopped the vehicle and had both hands on the steering wheel in compliance with their orders and after they had removed the child from the backseat.
Post #12 is for you —
Looks can be deceiving — after all to a lot of people it looks like we have a President doing his job in Washington DC.
Why she was killed is a mystery to this day because, according to the initial police report, she never crashed a security gate or a barrier, though media reports claimed she had.
She simply tried to make a U-turn and leave.
Yet, uniformed Secret Service agents and U.S. Capitol Police officers tried to stop her, then hunted her down and shot her to death.
And to this day, a half-year later, no one knows why.
Yes. That’s the damning issue. They pulled the baby out of the car ... THEN opened fire! It was an execution.
And our congress paused to thank the heroes for keeping them safe.