Editor’s Note: The following post was written by a longtime reader and fellow blogger, Deb, and originally appears over at her site Let’s Be Clear. In recent days we’ve posted quite a bit related to the shooting death of Miriam Carey on Capitol Hill last week. Many of us are angered and bothered by the incident. But if you’re not inclined to feel that way after reading the following — especially now that we know that Miriam Carey was shot and killed while attempting to flee on foot — then, it’s a wonder how you’re able to sleep at night as a warm-blooded human being.

From this do-nothing Congress and puppet of a president, who are all literally playing games with the lives of those they claim to “represent,” to their bought-and-paid-for media parrots and badge-wearing murderers — I think it’s safe to say, white supremacy, deciding whose life matters and whose does not, is enjoying their greatest heyday since Jim Crow.

I’m sure everyone’s seen the video below with Tom Foreman’s noxious, “tremendous amount of training actually, in that circumstance, for police to not fire sooner” commentary.

So Tom, let’s just go back to that little scene you referenced from the 2:11 click on. These Keystone Kops had the car surrounded with weapons drawn. No matter where they were standing, they were close enough to clearly see that, not only was the driver anunarmed, Black woman — but that there was a child in the car!

And if, as you say, she was “truly using the car as a weapon” (same meme used when they murdered Sean Bell), rather than just trying to get the hell out of there — how come she didn’t just mow down ALL those fools who were standing right in front of her?

And tell me Tom, what tremendous amount of training did they have that taught them to fire off seven shots at a fleeing vehicle on a public street with pedestrians obviously present?And don’t say there weren’t any — it was a pedestrian that shot this footage! Please, stop being so patriarchal, trying to frame this tragic incident for the “white gaze.” Some of us can manage to think for ourselves you know!

Words matter, Family. And how they’re used matters even more. As you peruse the links here, I’m certain you’ll see what I mean.

Oh and Tom, about that tremendous amount of training? Guess we, the people will neverreally know how “tremendous” it is since according to this, all the law enforcement folks involved have closed ranks — letting their own foxes guard the henhouse {smdh}:

Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman, declined to provide a copy of his agency’s use-of-force or chase policies. Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, did the same.

Leary and Schneider declined to comment on the incident at all, including whether their officers knew that Carey’s 1-year-old daughter was in the car when they fired into it, killing Carey. The toddler was unharmed and is in protective custody as authorities work with Carey’s family to properly place the girl.

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.

Miriam Carey, shown in a photo from Facebook

When I read this stupid piece over at Roll Call, talking about how the Capitol Police were “protecting and serving without pay,” I immediately uttered a few WTFs as I thought, “Protecting & Serving without pay??!! How ’bout MURDERING an unarmed woman with her child in the car without pay??!!”

Joseph CClifford Reel
Joseph CClifford Reel

Disagree if you want, but I don’t, for a second believe, this woman intended to deliberately breach any barriers with malicious intent toward the Changeling or Congress — but it sure was Joseph Clifford Reel’s intent in June of this year! Family, the video at the link is a definite, must-see. I promise you, it leaves no doubt at all about his intent (not posting it here because that’s exactly what he wanted).

Joseph Reel, 32, of KetteringThis 32 year-old white male, purposely rigged his Jeepto breach those same barriers Ms. Carey was accused of trying to breach on Thursday. But, unlike the nothingfound in Ms. Carey’s car, they found 100 rounds of live .45 caliber ammunition; 100 rounds of live .22 caliber ammunition; eight knives of various sizes; two machetes and one hand-held spotting scope, in his Jeepat the damned scene!!

And again,unlike in Ms. Carey’s home, where they found a letter to her boyfriend which purportedly contained a white powder and discharge papers listing medication for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and an anti-depressant — when they searched HIS home,they found those items over there on the right, which included two handguns (a Glock and a Taurus); a baseball bat with spikes on the barrel; a sword; a spear; two ballistic vests; four hunting knives and a gas mask!

While Reel faces 10 years in jail and fines, at least he’s alive — and his now, seven or eight-month old son will one day get to know him. Not so in either case, for Ms. Carey.

Over at OpEdNews, Rob Kall wrote the interesting and on-point, Another Murder by Police which raised questions that no one in the MSM even saw the need to ask as they blabbed on incessantly as if they actually had an original thought, ie:

…whether this was the right thing to do.
…who gave the orders to shoot to kill.
…what efforts were made to determine whether there were any other passengers, let alone a one year old child, in the car.

He made this very astute observation as well — “Today we live in a police state, where the police, every day, get away with crimes, get away with killing people, usually poor, often black.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

In a nutshell, Mr. Reel’s white life merited a restrained response. But, as usual, they decided —after her car was stopped — Ms. Carey’s Black life did not. Tell me Family, what more will it take for us to recognize that, from top to bottom and from sea to shining sea — we continue pledging allegiance to a nation run, and “protected” by murderers for whom the lives of “Others” are expendable?

 

[Originally posted at Let’s Be Clear]