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Yesterday, a distraught Dental Hygienist, Miriam Carey, suspected of suffering from post-partum depression, was shot at and killed by Capitol Police and Secret Service members. She had her one year old daughter in her car with her. 


image from Miriam Carey's Facebook page by facebook


Carey, who has a history of mental instability,  was driving her Lexus in a threatening way, hitting a barrier at one point. But Capitol Hill  is set up to protect the people who work there. There are blockades everywhere, which prevent a car from doing any damage. The Secret service reported that she'd only gone near an "outer perimeter," suggesting that she hadn't really endangered people on Capitol Hill. 

The woman did not fire any shots. She wasn't carrying a weapon. Yet she was shot dead. 

There's no doubt she was out of control. She hit a Capitol police officer at one point, then hurt another officer when she hit a car he was driving. Was that enough reason to kill her?

I haven't seen any of the mainstream media asking whether this was the right thing to do. 
I haven't heard anyone asking who gave the orders to shoot to kill. 
I haven't heard anyone ask what efforts were made to determine whether there were any other passengers, let alone a one year old child, in the car. 

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. 

What would have happened  if instead of shooting Ms. Carey, if a few more police cars were used to block and stop her. It might have cost a few thousand, maybe ten or twenty thousand dollars in repair costs. Instead of shooting her, they could have shot out her tires. 

Perhaps it WAS necessary to shoot her to stop her. I don't know. But I am asking these questions because they need to be asked. Killing a suspect should be the police's last resort. 

A daughter would still have her mother. 

Every officer who shot at that woman should be taken off the job and investigated. If an officer gave the order allowing shooting, that officer should be investigated. Marks should be permanently put on these people's records so they are held back from jobs that require life-or-death decisions. 

This kind of killing raises the risk of more of the same-- killings by police and killings by people who carry guns. 


 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Yes, and I wondered about her background story... ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:21:45 AM
I honestly don't understand how police are trained... by anna kakol on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:46:01 AM
You raise all the right (and righteous) questions,... by K V Ramani on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:19:54 AM
I agree 100%, and that was the first thing I thoug... by Anna Van Z on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:48:13 AM
This event should trigger ammore   pugnacious... by thepiffler on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:05:59 PM
Yes we have, the "kill em all and let God sort em ... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:01:45 PM
"Why not that and get her to psychiatric care."Tha... by E. T. SIMON on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:57:07 PM
Glad to hear of your priest's comment!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:23:05 PM
Excellent piece Rob. You've spared me having to wr... by Dave Lindorff on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:14:20 PM
Congress gives standing ovation to DC cops.http://... by Ms Nan on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:21:28 PM
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//http://... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 3:34:48 AM
I did hear one or two news sources say there was a... by Martha Moffett on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:31:29 PM
From one liberal to another: Your comments here ar... by Tom Pitt on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:28:13 PM
talk about drivel. If there explosives in the car,... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:21:43 PM
Agree. Except for your line about the cops working... by K V Ramani on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:23:36 PM
What are the odds the car was loaded with explosiv... by Richard Pietrasz on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:32:26 PM
I agree absolutely. I hate that cops routinely get... by Paul Easton on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:44:44 PM
Mr. EastonI advise you to reread what you wrote. T... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:59:51 PM
Re  my comment below to Mr. Easton explains t... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:06:12 PM
Am with you. Mr Easton's apologia for the police a... by K V Ramani on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:13:55 PM
Thanks, KWYou made my day.... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 6:24:58 AM
We do not need to see cops as human beings, as to ... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:45:18 AM
If what you say is true than every traffic stop wo... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:08:57 PM
Rather difficult to ' attack' the White House with... by K V Ramani on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:20:20 PM
Josh Marshall at TPM has posted an article explain... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:32:04 PM
Ok, I obviously meant the cops  will take car... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:54:47 PM
Re: the  misunderstanding about an alleged ' ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 9:27:32 PM
Not very clear since both our posts are gone. I do... by Paul Easton on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 2:32:20 AM
I appreciate and agree with the comments here. I'v... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:35:03 PM
actually, this may be a response the NRA will like... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 2:24:37 PM
If the cops are trained to do that, they have been... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:49:39 AM
Thank you Rob Kall!!  First of all, when I re... by Deb C. on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:07:02 PM
Rob, I'd like to add one thought on this subject. ... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:15:09 PM
Do you think the cops or anyone wielding life and ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 4:07:32 PM
Not to be rude, but... no, I actually agree here!.... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 4:14:17 PM
excellent question.... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:21:26 PM
The thought occurred to me, too. They did show res... by K V Ramani on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:34:18 PM
This whole thing is going to be piece-mealed again... by anna kakol on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:29:58 PM
.I was as shocked as you were that the main stream... by Anthony Arrott on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 8:06:15 PM
Was it really necessary for the police to fi... by Bruce Morgan on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 8:44:11 PM
Thanks, very important and good article.... by BFalcon on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:30:50 PM
one things for sure, we'll ever hear her side of t... by laurie steele on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:03:37 AM
"Killing a suspect should be the police's last re... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 5:51:28 AM
We, the people are the people whom police works fo... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 7:14:51 AM
Your argument is based on the overrated principle ... by K V Ramani on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 8:26:07 AM
of course, so here, among  the ones claiming ... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 9:02:00 AM
well put, Mark.... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 9:13:30 AM