The use of deadly force used on Miriam Carey (the 34 year old black women who attempted to run her car through the barriers at the White House and The Capitol Building) should be independently investigated.
Deadly force should always be the last option. Washington D.C. Capitol Police officers are supposed to be professionals trained in ways to handle and subdue all types of situations. Miriam Carey never fired a shot at the officers who murdered her nor did she have a gun. Her car, at least at one point during this ordeal, was stopped and partly trapped. Could the officers have shot her tires at that point to prevent her from moving instead of ultimately, after another chase, shooting her? Could another police car been placed along side her stopped car and completely hinder her ability to drive away? Were there other things the officers could have done during the ordeal that would have stopped her - without using deadly force? These are things I think all concerned parties have a right to know.
As much as I respect the concept of a "police force", it is important that all police be professional keepers of the peace and protectors of the community. And this they are required do without violating the rights of the people whom they are charged to protect. The lines should never become blurred. Therefore, knowing that there are people concerned enough to demand an independent evaluation of this type of incident is something that could assist in keeping lines clear and prevent them from being crossed. We cannot allow any police force to exceed it's boundaries. This erodes and undermines the rule of law.
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- Washington D.C. Capital Police Force
Have an independent investigation into the shooting death of Miriam Carey by the Washington D.C. Police force.
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