Miriam Carey’s Killing Showcases Harm of Unquestioned Police Glorification

Published On October 4, 2013 | By Pete Eyre | Uncategorized

Once you realize just how much most mainstream (aka lamestream) media personnel act as lapdogs for those involved with the biggest criminal protection rackets in your town and in DC, the growth of the police state isn’t surprising.

Today, corporate media parrots what they’re told by criminals (as evident by the reference to such actors as “the authorities” or simply, “authorities”). That belies the bad idea of arbitrary authority – a stranger has authority simply due to a title or costume, something striking different than earned authority – someone you know and trust to be a good adjudicator, for example.

Corporate media fails to ask questions of those who have institutionalized the perpetration of predatory behavior, and often gives to them the last word in write-ups or video segments. That only further entrenches the Statist Quo.

George Orwell opined:

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.

The way an incident is framed – the language used, what’s communicated or omitted, etc. – has a significant impact on the way that incident is perceived. If your neighbor’s thoughts about events outside their own experience is framed solely by corporate media employees, chances are that your neighbor will default to not be too driven to curtail the police state. Maybe they see something happen from time to time that they disagree with, but the pattern isn’t seen, and the solution peddled – work within the system – is still granted faith.

But, thanks to people like Kelley Vlahos and Daniel McAdams, who operate outside the model of a top-down, monolithic message, alternative views are, at a rate unparalleled in history, being received, digested, and acted upon.

As Vlahos and McAdams do through their online outlets, we can each create ripples that together add up to a wave. When talking with a colleague about an incident that involved a police response, be sure to differentiate between “the police” and “Joe Smith, who happens to work as a police employee” as that will underscore the fact that it’s individuals and not institutions that are responsible for wrongs committed.

Once that fact is seen, once responsibility is placed as the foot of the actor and not the agency, then the pattern of systemic violence by those who wear badges will cease.

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Having had been in a number of “emergency” situations on Capitol Hill during my decade there, I feel safe saying I never felt so unsafe as when the pumped-up, tattooed, shorts-wearing, military assault rifle-toting Capitol Hill cops were trying to keep us safe.

So began Daniel McAdams at LewRockwell.com in his post They’ll Say the Cops Did a Great Job; They Always Do about the incident. As McAdams concluded:

Already the damage control is being laid on thick:

“The security perimeters worked,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday evening. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

Oh really? What did they do? How did they work?

UPDATE: They kind of worked — on the cop cars!

No one will ever second guess the real police state that the Capitol Hill Police has created. They are always “doing a great job.” As arrogant and self-important as the staffers were, they all loved being yelled at by big bullying cops. It made them feel in danger and thus important. They love that police state.

Kelley Valahous lambasted lamestream journalists for the subpar coverage of the same incident in Shooting: Shame on You New York Daily News

The New York Daily News should be ashamed, as well as any other news outfit that has jumped to conclusions in favor of the mentally-ill-woman-police-were-just-doing-their-jobs-and-by-the-way-they’re-heroes-we-live-in-a-scary-world storyline.

Meanwhile, eye-witness accounts and raw video tell a different story about “crazed woman” in the Infiniti sedan. It looks like she might have made a wrong turn down a cordoned street (of which there are many) around the White House (though to be entirely fair, the DC police chief says it was no “accident,” but has offered to details to that end). She was yelled at, according to witnesses, by a plain-clothed guard and others who banged on the hood of her car. She freaked, hit the guard and a makeshift barricade that was put in her way, then tried to turn around and flee. Shots were fired at her car and the chase ensued. It ended in a hail of bullets when Carey emerged from the car, outside the Hart Office Building on Capitol Hill (not far away), reportedly unarmed.

From NYDailyNews.com:

RELATED

On the same prior to the shooting death of Carey discussed above, an unarmed person was shot by another DC area police employee [who is still unnamed]

Police say the suspect refused to obey commands and the officer shot him.

From Prince George’s County Police shoot suspect after foot chase http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/10/prince-george-s-county-police-shoot-suspect-after-foot-chase-94754.html

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour and now calls Keene, in the 'shire his homebase.
  • t

    Pete: You deserve no respect at all for this stinking pile of crap. You put no accountability on the woman who recklessly endangered so many and ignore the danger the officers placed themselves in to stop her from hurting anyone else. The actions of the police should be applauded by you….they did exactly what you scream that you want them to do…..and yet you’d rather still bitch. Maybe you could have gotten your super soldier buddy CENTURION to stop her instead.

    What a sad joke.

  • YankeeFan

    T,

    I couldn’t agree more, sir!

  • John Q Public

    Well hell, Pete. Don’t let FACTS get in your way with this drivel you’re spewing. I guess you and your copblocker buddies were there and know exactly what happened. I guess centurion and his NACA buddies should have been called in to handle the situation. T, I agree with you 100%! Pete the jackass trying to spin a story for his own twisted ends. Its pretty pathetic if you ask me.

  • upyourarse

    The best part is that the cops wern’t getting paid.I be damd if i’d kill a bitch for free.

  • t

    YF. &. JQP: I’d like to say hate being right, but I don’t really hate it.

  • Ariel

    To me, the only question would be shooting her to death after she got out of her weapon. She was essentially unarmed at that point. Otherwise, the police did what they needed to do.

    Be careful on the news reports regarding her mental illness. You’re going to see risperidone and Lexapro with “schizophrenia/bipolar” tied to the former. It’s very likely the two were combined to fight persistent severe unipolar depression, such as post-partum. Risperidone alone does not mean she was “schizophrenic/bipolar”.

  • Jason Free 123

    More fucking cunt nuggets by activists. She tried to run people down. She died because she was trying to kill people with her fucking car. Only a stupid fucking cunt named Pete Eyre would come up with this fucking bullshit. I’m sure it won’t be long until you pull the same fucking stunt she did. When you loose your second lawsuit and have to pay the city back all the money for the trials, you won’t have a vehicle. You fuckers have to prove you have jobs. That will be funny. You claim you have “jobs” but the city will see that you don’t so they will take everything you own and auction it off. You are just a stupid fuck Pete.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • Don Francisco

    She had the perfect opportunity to give herself up at the 0:05 and 0:10 mark, but she took neither. I only feel bad for her child.

  • Ariel

    DF,

    Again, if the report I read is correct and she was shot exiting her vehicle weapon [I haven't read anything written that she had any other weapon], then your writing that her previous actions, or lack thereof, justify shooting her when she was “unarmed” justifies any police shooting of someone “unarmed” by his previous actions. You ignore the important concept of threat and non-threat. You had just as well write that because a guy didn’t put his gun down at numerous opportunities, once he did the police can shoot him dead anyway. He had the opportunity…

    If she was still in the car my argument still holds, but the shooting is justified as she was still a threat.

  • Ariel

    Test

  • Common Sense

    Sorry, the cops were completely justified. Her actions posed a threat to everyone around her. Her actions alone lead to this.

    Everything else is babble.

  • RadicalDude

    There is no justification for how they murdered her.

  • t

    Dude would rather she killed lots of other people.

  • t

    Bet the officers all get medals.

  • RadicalDude

    Look at the situation with the NY biker beating, you had a gang (some of whom were cops) surrounding the car intimidatingly, so the guy ran away and he hit someone with his car, but it was by necessity in that situation. Here you have almost the same type of situation. A gang of men she doesn’t know swarm her car with guns pointed at her, so she panicked and tried to get out of there in order to not get killed. She wasn’t trying to just run people down. There are no facts to indicate that she posed enough of an immediate danger to justify the shooting at the time they actually shot her. They were so hopped up and adrenalized because of the “officer down” situation. And the medals are a politicized gesture because of where the incident happened.

  • RadicalDude

    Also the totaled-out police car was crashed by the driver wrecking his own car, she didn’t ram it.

  • t

    Wow. Revisionist history about an event only a few days old.

  • RadicalDude

    Revisionist?
    Isn’t that what happened? Weren’t they pointing guns at her and she ran one of them over trying to drive away? That’s what I thought happened.

  • t

    So….
    YOU think that a criminal group of motorcyclists who were intentionally trying to not only intimidate everyone….but singling out and attacking an innocent family, who’s father was forced to take drastic actions to defend his families lives. YOU think that somehow is the same as a woman smashing through barriers with the intent to do intentional harm to others, and the police having to react to save the lives of innocents….and YOU can’t see the difference????

    And yes…revisionist / lying / making crap up. Pick a term. Those engaged in the violence in NY weren’t cops. Some had unfiltered that group (and we can certainly see why they would be targeted). So yes, revisionist / lying / making crap up. That’s where you stand

    We all know that you are just a very limited thinker who googles everything and thinks Wiki is a definitive source of everything. You simple inability to think in any logical way is outstanding.

  • RadicalDude

    So, she started running people over and then was swarmed by the guys pointing guns at her? Or they swarmed her with guns and then she ran away and ran someone over in the process of escaping? Do you know which one it is?

  • Ariel

    RD,

    These weren’t the Wild Pigs, the Iron Pigs, or other biker groups made up of first responders that are posers skirting too close to being real bikers. If the cops in this “Club” participated they should be prosecuted because undercover does not excuse criminality.

    And to all: biker and motorcyclist aren’t synonyms. Bikers are 1%’s or the poser wannabes, with all the macho brotherhood crap and violence as a lifestyle (though the posers fall short). Motorcyclists ride motorcycles.

  • bill_derberg

    I agree with RadicalDude. Treat others the way you want to be treated. How would you feel in that situation? Sure she overreacted from fear but did she deserve to be shot 4 times? She had no weapon and had a kid in the car. If the cops have the defense “I was in fear of my life” cant she use that? Nope cops have extra rights.

  • t

    Keep revising it. Maybe you’ll get to something you like.

  • RadicalDude

    If you claim I misrepresented the facts, well it’s possible I don’t have the facts straight here. Just going off what I have read, but can you set me straight on whatever factual discrepancies you are specifically talking about? Like what really happened and how it was different specifically? From what I know of what happened, there was some sort of checkpoint set up, she tried getting away from the checkpoint and turned “wrong” and then was swarmed by cops with their guns drawn at which point she apparently freaked out and when trying to escape the situation by driving out of there she hit a cop with her car. There was a brief chase, and one of the cars pursuing her got in a crash. Then some cops caught up to her and shot up her car.
    If I am wrong on the facts then how specifically, and what really happened?

  • t

    Checkpoint / baccicades……smashing through them, attempting to run over several officers….think you missed some stuff yeah.

  • RadicalDude

    I don’t know, trying to run over officers just doesn’t seem plausible, I think she was just trying to escape them, and they were in her way. Inadvertent collateral damage from trying to escape, imo. I highly doubt she would put her daughter in the car and then just go on a rampage trying to run people down deliberately.

  • Jason Free 123

    Annonypussy RadicalDude – Yo uare so stupid it’s painful to read your comments. Obviously she wasn’t in the right frame of mind in the first place. She did try to run over police officers. Obviously your stupidity cannot see that. She was trying to kill people with her car. She had multiple chances to stop her vehicle but she chose to be homicidal. Tell you what, why don’t you take your fake law degree and represent the family fuck head.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • t

    Not plausible. Wow. You like things videos recorded…. But then won’t even believe what’s right in front of you. Too funny.

  • RadicalDude

    I believe she ran into someone, just don’t think it was deliberate.

  • t

    See there….revisionist.

  • Jason Free 123

    Annonypussy RadicalDude – She intentionally ran into a number of people. WHat fucking video are you watching?

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • RadicalDude

    Did she hit them before or after they drew their guns? For some reason you seem to not want to say.

  • t

    What would that matter?

  • RadicalDude

    Ya, because if she ran them over and then they drew guns, it supports your version. If they drew on her and she ran someone over frantically trying to get away from the swarm of strange men pointing guns at her, not so much.

  • t

    But clarify:

    First you said she didn’t do anything, then you believe she hit someone, now it’s some sort of justified vehicular assault?

  • RadicalDude

    Is it justified? I don’t know if it’s justified, but I do believe it is defensible. I never said she didn’t run anyone over. She freaked out and made a rash decision, so did the cops. That is how it looks to me.

  • Jason Free 123

    Annonypussy RadicalDude – Get someone to try and run your ass over with a car. Let’s see how well you can defend yourself. The police were not making rash decisions. You idiot activists always seem to same the police don’t do anything. Then when they do to save lives, you say they are over reactionary. Why don’t you represent the family in court. You claim to be such a great lawyer.

    Ron Paul says, “All activists lie all the time everytime”.

  • t

    So….her “rash decision” to trying and kill several officers with a 3000 pound deadly weapon. Her placing hundreds of innocents in imminent danger from that same 3000 pound deadly weapon, heck, even the placing at grave risk the life of her child….because of a “rash decision” should just be tolerated, welcomed even, by everyone? That’s what you call “defensible”. Wow, your view of real world events….even when shown to you on unedited video, is skewed. Hence your revisionist view I suppose. Don’t like real history, make up your own. K.

  • obama

    There is no excuse for how they murdered her. She was running in fear for her life and the militant police-state warriors murdered her in cold blood.