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article imageMiriam Carey’s sisters question police actions in D.C. chase

By Abdul Kuddus     Oct 5, 2013 in World
Washington Grove - Family of Miriam Carey are questioning the high-speed chase and police action from the White House to Capitol Hill on Thursday that killed the 34-year-old Connecticut dental hygienist.
Carey was reportedly shot and killed near a Senate building.
Now authorities are trying to put together the missing information to explain the chain of events that led to Carey’s death. So, too, is her family.
Carey’s family is questioning whether shooting Miriam Carey was the only way to handle the chase.
According to the Washington Post, “Video from bystanders and media captured several important pieces of the afternoon chase, including the shots fired by police near Garfield Circle. But no pictures have emerged of the final confrontation. Officials have not disclosed how or why agents opened fire after Carey crashed to a halt near the security booth.”
Commenting on the high-speed chase and the final shot that killed Carey, the deceased’s sister Carey Jones told CNN Friday:
"We will never know what Mariam was thinking in those last hours before she died, and we can only speculate. Our real concern is why (this happened) and were things done properly? Was there some other way she could have been helped so that it didn't end tragically?"
Reportedly, law enforcement officials fired at least 17 shots at two locations Thursday afternoon. Two agencies were involved in the encounter— the US Capitol Police and the US Secret Service.The final shots near the Hart Senate Office Building killed Carey.
The Connecticut resident used her black Infinity to ram through a security barrier at the White House.During the chase, Carey knocked down a uniformed Secret Service agent, hit cruisers and breached the outer security perimeter of the Capitol grounds.
Carey was not armed and no gun was recovered from her car, according to reports. Carey’s 1-year-old daughter was in the car when the chase happened. She is safe and is presently in protective custody.
Reportedly Carey suffered from postpartum depression and was undergoing treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
According to her boyfriend, Carey believed that President Obama was communicating with her and her home was under surveillance. But Carey’s family deny these claims.
“The shooting is being investigated by the D.C. police department’s Internal Affairs Division. The Secret Service and Capitol Police will determine whether officers followed their departments’ use-of-force policies. The U.S. attorney’s office will decide whether the agents broke any laws, a D.C. police spokeswoman said,” the Washington Post reported.
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