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Another Murder by Police

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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. 

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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. 
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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. 
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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. 

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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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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