WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder is in Ferguson, Missouri, ostensibly to investigate the shooting of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer.
What he is not investigating is the shooting of an unarmed African-American woman by his own federal officers, in his own jurisdiction, the District of Columbia.
And that has the family of the late Miriam Carey so outraged, they announced Wednesday they plan to double the amount of money in their lawsuit against the federal government to $150 million.
While the attorney general looks for the possibility of bad intentions and a wrongful death by an officer in the Midwest, Carey family attorney Eric Sanders believes he need look no further than under his nose in Washington, D.C., where an innocent, unarmed, suburban mother was gunned down in a barrage of bullets by Holder’s officers, all because, he said, one off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer “wanted to make that b—-h pay.”
Officer tries to block Miriam Carey from leaving White House entrance. Photo provided by U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Those were the exact words used in a claim filed Wednesday morning by the Carey family, which serves as a prerequisite before filing a mammoth civil lawsuit against the United States, the U.S Secret Service and the U.S. Capitol Police.
WND reported how the Carey family was outraged when, on July 10, after a more than nine-month investigation, Holder’s Department of Justice, or DOJ, declined to file any criminal charges against the federal officers who shot and killed Carey in the shadow of the nation’s Capitol on Oct. 3, 2013.
That outrage was expressed Wednesday morning when the Carey family representative told WND they are now seeking $150 million for Miriam’s estate, her mother and her infant child, who was in the car when police repeatedly shot her.
The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department conducted the investigation into the high-speed chase and deadly shooting of Carey by U.S. Secret Service uniformed agents and U.S. Capitol Police officers. The report was then reviewed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Washington, D.C., which is part of the Justice Department.
Not only did Holder’s DOJ decide not to file criminal charges against any of the shooters, it has not responded to Sander’s request to conduct its own investigation.
And, in a highly unusual move, the DOJ never released that final investigative report reviewed by its U.S. Attorney. Sanders believes that’s because the facts would show the officers wrongfully killed Carey.
Authorities also did not release video of the incident at the White House gate, only still photos. Sanders believes that video would show both the negligence of the officers on duty and that the confrontation with Carey was provoked by the off-duty officer.
Greatly disappointed in the decision not to prosecute Carey’s killers, Sanders told WND he is also deeply disturbed by new facts in the case he has uncovered.
He has learned that, following her autopsy, Carey’s clothes disappeared. That means they can’t be tested for gunpowder residue, an issue shown to be of such great importance in the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson. Sanders appeared highly distressed by what could be the destruction of critical evidence in the Carey case.
He claims her wrongful death was caused by “the unidentified aggressive Caucasian male police officers, supervisors and managers assigned to the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division and the U.S. Capitol Police” and that “their collective actions caused Carey’s “‘avoidable’ wrongful death.”
Sanders singled out the actions of one agent who was not in uniform, suggesting his bravado turned an innocent mistake into a deadly encounter.
The claim filed Wednesday stated Carey, unfamiliar with the area, mistakenly drove past a White House guard post near 15th and E Streets, with her infant in the backseat in a child safety seat.
It said she managed to get through the gate entrance only because it was “negligently maintained, covered and supervised by police officers.”
Written by GARTH KANT
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