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Ex-Cop Sister of D.C. Chase Suspect Questions Fatal Shooting

October 07, 2013  | 

Screenshot via YouTube.
Screenshot via YouTube.
A former NYPD officer and the sister of the Connecticut mother killed during a vehicle pursuit in Washington. D.C., spoke out against the use of deadly force on Miriam Carey.

U.S. Capitol Police officers and Secret Service agents pursued the dental hygienist from the White House to Capitol Hill on Thursday. Carey, 34, was shot and killed as she ran from her black Infiniti after attempting to ram a gate. Her 19-month-old daughter was riding in the car with her.

On Friday, grieving sister Valerie Carey, a retired NYPD transit police sergeant, said officers shouldn't have used deadly force. "They could have rammed the car or disabled the car," she told reporters. Amy Carey, a registered nurse, agreed with her sister.

Miriam Carey suffered from postpartum depression and psychosis and had been prescribed medication for depression, the sisters said, reports the New York Daily News.

Comments (13)

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TedB @ 10/7/2013 2:31 PM

And the pursuing officers were supposed to know this HOW? Oh, yes, let me tune in my super powers and ascertain that the violent suspect I am pursuing, who may have been trying to drive a car bomb into the White House and/or the Capitol and already tried to run over a uniformed officer, is off her psycho meds!! I wonder how they find these applicants with psychic powers at the NY Transit PD? Sure would be nice if they shared their secret with the rest of us poor folks who have to rely on experience, training, and what we are observing at the time.

AJ @ 10/7/2013 2:37 PM

@TedB: close... watch the original video. she almost ran over several officers and endangered numerous lives while driving recklessly. Not just one. :)

This former officer I'm sure has dealt with this situation on numerous occasions in the NY Subways... And either she has great genes or she didn't make it to retirement. Draw your own conclusions. couldn't cut it. Got canned. Doesn't matter. She is a former, and the fact she would publicly Monday morning quarterback those in the line of fire that day tells me all I need to know about the content of her character.

[email protected] @ 10/7/2013 3:46 PM

TedB & AJ, you mean the academy or your FTO didn't teach you how to read minds or see into the future? Wow. And I'm sure her sister run into many slugs attempting to run her down with their subway cars, at which point she shot out the tires....oh, wait, they don't have tires. Damn that FTO....Blues, Stay Safe.

RussB @ 10/7/2013 4:00 PM

TedB & AJ,
I couldn't agree more, with one exception: for whatever reason she's not now, she WAS once one of us. She's is a grieving sister who´s opinion certainly isnt based on facts (or experience). It serves no purpose however to attack her personally, given what she's going through. By commenting on her character (without knowing anything about her), make your opinions as worthless as her's. In her grief she has to come to the realization that it was the sister she loves who was responsible for the (correct) actions the officers involved were forced to make. Until she does, cut her some slack. And no, I'm not a bleeding heart liberal; just someone with a little compasion for a former LEO.

Dlpd @ 10/7/2013 4:47 PM

This lady is such an idiot. Just one more case of " they were such a good person " guess what good people don't ram the police and try and run over officers. She got exactly what she deserved. You weren't the real police you were a transit sergeant. That's like being a mall cop. And you couldn't even keep that job. Let me guess you have or are filing a wrongful death lawsuit. I hope they sue you for slander. You were not there and can not say what they should or should not have done. Maybe you should keep your mouth shut and let everyone think your and idiot than to open it and remove all doubt. God Bless the officers and why they do every day to keep us safe.

PilotJY @ 10/7/2013 5:24 PM

This really ticks me off to no end. We see this time and time again. We are just supposed to allow suspects to run us over, not shoot at them to stop and eliminate the threat that is coming towards us? I am sorry, I think the Capital Police did exactly as they are trained. Quite honestly, she may have been stopped long before they actually did. Do not get me wrong, I do not wish death on anyone and I feel for this woman. However, you come at me with a 3,000 Pound vehicle, I am going to go home to my family that day. I will do everything I can to keep myself out of reach and protect more of the Public, innocent bystanders and my fellow Officers. We will arrive home alive and well to our families. If we end up taking a life that day, it is part of my job and way to arrive home to my family safe and sound.

McGruff @ 10/7/2013 6:05 PM

Let's see, no shooting because it is deadly force which was unnecessary. Ramming vehicle is not deadly force? Another LEO expert on use of force, etc., NOT.

ET @ 10/7/2013 6:33 PM

This ex-cop sister's response is nothing short of an emotionally-charged knee-jerk reaction. Regardless of why this sister is no longer an LEO, her comments are completely irrelevant to the case since she was NOT present at the time of the incident and has NO place to weigh in on whether the use of force was justified. Having postpartum depression is no excuse for the suspect's actions. And she's the suspect's family member, of course she's not going to have an objective opinion on the matter--which is all the more reason why the nature of her comments are completely inappropriate. This sounds nothing more than a suspect's family trying to capitalize on people's emotions and attract attention to themselves.

Trestles @ 10/8/2013 7:01 AM

HER 19 MONTH OLD DAUGHER WAS IN THE CAR..... maybe they saved the life of her child if not that day then maybe in the future based on the medications she was on! Although tragic for all involved, the loss of one life may have saved many, there was definitely something wrong that day. Think about the other tragedy's that have happened because of some instability of the person concerned, then all that happens is finger pointing about why this wasn't seen or someone didn't do something. Thank goodness no-one else was hurt. Prayers to the family, it is sad to lose someone close, but you cannot be responsible for someone's actions when they are not in control of their own.

Lt @ 10/8/2013 8:21 AM

Well, if her two sisters (a retired TRANSIT cop and a nurse) say it was a bad shoot, then I guess it was a bad shoot.

I have to agree with ET. It was totally inappropriate for her (sister and ex-cop) to weigh in on the incident and what was the reporter thinking, the last time I checked, a registered nurse is not an expert on use of force. Adding that the sister was a registered nurse does not add any credibility to her weighing in on the topic.

Dave @ 10/8/2013 10:08 AM

My questions to the sisters is,,"you knew she was off her meds, you knew she was a threat to herself, and to her baby, why did YOU not do anything about it?" Put an M1 on her, and get her help!

STL cop @ 10/8/2013 1:57 PM

There are certainly a lot of issues here. Being a command staff officer I can tell you that I have never lost my skills from when I was on the street. This WAS A SERIOUS THREAT. We do not have the luxury of knowing who we are dealing with and what they are capable of doing. The officers in DC read the situation and acted accordingly. It isn't until after the fact that we find out that this person had psychological issues, had her young child in the car and was a GOOD PERSON according to her sister and family members. Maybe the family should have taken action to get this woman the help she needed and maybe this could have been avoided.
I agree that the sister should not be Monday Morning Quarterbacking this regardless of whether she had been a cop or not, come on, been there and done this before? Your training taught you how to handle violent issues and this is no different. The LEO's on duty that day are the heros here for saving that little child and the other people in DC that day.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/9/2013 8:41 PM

If she stayed for the in-service police training long enough she would know the most dangerous weapon anyone can brandish is a motor vheicle. Automobiles kill more police than all other weapons combined. As for ramming any car on busy crowded streets I suspect her outrage would then be for endangering the small child in the car (that no one knew was there) and the other innocent pedestrians in D.C. There was only one way for this to end...
just as it had. I bet her outrage is easily quashed with a law suit and the promise of big bucks. Where was she when her obviously out of balance sister was seeking help? She admits she knew her sister needed it so why didn't she help?

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