USA Today has reported that the unarmed, mentally disturbed woman shot last week in Washington, DC, had exited her car and was attempting to flee on foot when she was shot by police.
The newspaper stands alone in providing the critical detail of the woman's final moments, which are obscure in other major media reports.
The report states:"The driver made her way onto Constitution Avenue before eventually stopping in the 100 blocks of Maryland Avenue NE, near the Hart Senate Office Building. Police then killed the driver after she got out of her vehicle and tried to flee."
The report indicates that the woman was no longer a threat to police or bystanders. The woman had her 1-year old child in the car.
Radio talk show host Michael Savage has questioned the circumstances of the killing, and criticized the House of Representatives for giving a standing ovation for the performance of the DC police, the Secret Service, and the Capitol Police.
Two sisters of the victim, 34-year-old dental hygienist Miriam Carey, questioned the use of lethal force on CNN's Anderson Cooper. One of the sisters, Valarie Carey, is a former NYPD Sergeant.
The other sister, Amy Carey-Jones, told Cooper:
"We have a lot of questions. I'm sure, as a lot of viewers when you read the information you see what the media is reporting, it just doesn't add up."
The report comes as it emerges that law enforcement and military were in the midst of a training drill in the area where the shooting took place, named Capitol Shield 2014. Carey, who had a history of mental illness, apparently got confused by barriers not ordinarily in place and panicked.
In an op-ed piece, CNN invoked 9/11, saying "the rules have changed since 9/11." In the piece law enforcement analyst Mike Brooks says that the shooting was justified. Brooks said:
"You don't know if she has a bomb. You don't know if it's a terrorist attack. The officers just don't know."
Radio host Savage compared the Capitol Police to the Mexican federal police, calling them the American "Federales." Savage recalled being taught as a child by his parents to always regard the Mexican federal police as "dangerous."
Savage expressed special contempt for Congress, which he said was told to "shelter in place" and lay on the floor at the first reports of "shots fired," even though the woman was unarmed.
A Facebook page has been set up in Ms. Carey's memory.
Michael Savage radio segment 1
Michael Savage radio segment 2