Hello Recovery Friends, Readers, and my Followers,
As I was watching CNN yesterday, like millions of other folks…..and watched the incident unfold on another senseless killing of a Woman by D.C. police who was a Mother, Daughter, Sister, a co-worker, and much more, the very first thing that POPPED into my head was…..*Some form of Mental & Emotional illness or Disorder was going to be part of THIS EVENT STORY…..
And yes, as the day and the events unfolded,……..I seemed to hit the NAIL ON The Head. As more information came out on WHO this woman WAS, and HOW the Police, Secret Service, and Capitol Police handled the incident, as some of THE FACTS were being reported and shared of this Mystery Woman, MY Heart started to Break…..A *LITTLE 1 Year old girl NOW has no Mother, and if that wasn’t devastating enough, she watched her mother get *SHOT TO DEATH*……NOW I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE 2 SIDES TO A STORY…..BUT…..
Lets think more about THE HUMAN TRADGEDY then all the media snippets, or video cut clips, and wait until ALL THE FACTS & Information comes out.
I had gotten on Twitter when *Anderson Cooper AC360* came on, due to a guy claiming it was all the woman’s fault for USING her CAR as a Weapon, that maybe true, but my feelings on that was, the police had her and her daughter BOXED IN, walked to her CAR WINDOWS with GUNS DRAWN, she was most likely SCARED for herself and HER CHILD! So she backed up and took OFF! WELL…..I think I’d have done the same for me and my CHILD if I was suffering from *Bipolar* of which I do suffer from…..
She had NO WEAPON, and they DAMN well could see there was a little baby in that car. Because the 1st reports came out that POLICE DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A CHILD IN THE CAR,……SORRY….I’m not Buying that part from the Police. That’s the part I’M and MANY are having a problem, and are ANGRY about.
My point is THIS……..AS THIS Story, and MANY other incidents and shootings by LAW ENFOREMENT around this country, it’s evident *THEY STILL NEED MORE TRAINING & EDUCATION ON HOW TO HANDLE people with Mental & Emotional illness and Disorders.
Yes, I’ll give the lead way that…..”THEY didn’t know” Mental illness was involved, but when these types of incidents happen, I think things could be handled a bit differently.
When the Police had her boxed in, they had the chance NOT to ADVANCE with GUNS DRAWN, they could have used a Megaphone and ask her to step out OF HER the car with hands up, not JUST RUSH UP ON HER??……Now I know I’ll get a lot of *SHIT* from this, but the BOTTOM LINE IS,…. another person with Mental illness is now DEAD.
So lets see what the Media and Police have Released so far about this Incident, and MORE about the dead Woman involved……
“Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Postpartum Depression”
A woman killed by police today after a high-speed chase through Washington, D.C., that led to a lockdown of Capitol Hill suffered postpartum depression following the recent birth of her daughter, the suspect’s mother told ABC News.
The woman was believed to be Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienic from Stamford, Conn., authorities told the woman’s family, according to a family spokesman.
Police earlier said they were with-holding the name of the driver of the car involved in the chase pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
Authorities said the woman led police on a chase down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol after ramming a gate at the White House.
Authorities described Carey has having a “mental illness.”
“She had postpartum depression after having the baby” last August, said the woman’s mother, Idella Carey.
She added, “A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. … She was hospitalized.”
Carey had a 1-year-old daughter named Erica, her mother said. Police confirmed that a 1-year-old girl was taken from the car and put in “protective custody.”
*Idella Carey*, reported her daughter had “no history of violence” and she did not know why she was in Washington, D.C. She said she believed Carey was taking the little girl to a doctor’s appointment today in Connecticut.
Dr. Steven Oken, her boss of eight years, described Carey as a “non-political person” who was “always happy.”
“I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this,” he said. “It’s the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her.”
A neighbor, Erin Jackson, said she believed Carey lived in the Stamford home with the baby and the girl’s father. Asked if she believed Carey suffered from a mental illness, Jackson said “absolutely.”
Jackson recognized the black Infinity sedan seen on television from the incident as resembling Carey’s car. She said the woman’s tires recently were slashed in an incident in Connecticut.
Police, including FBI and bomb disposal units, surrounded a home in Stamford Thursday evening that authorities say is linked to the investigation, but won’t give specifics. Police there said they were awaiting a search warrant from Washington, though 50 people from the apartment building already were being evacuated for the night.
Cops said Carey eluded police after they stopped her car and drew their guns. When she continued to flee, she drove “very erratically, very dangerously,” said Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer.
She ultimately rammed a police car and was shot by police without exiting the car, Gainer said. Two officers, one from the Capitol Police and one from Secret Service, were injured in the incident.
No weapons were found in the car, police said…….
**OK, and here is another Report**……
“The sources said that the woman, Miriam Carey, had a history of mental health problems.”
Carey, 34, was a dental hygienist living in Stamford, Conn. Details of her background began to emerge in the hours after the episode.
Dr. Barry Weiss, a dentist, told NBC Connecticut that Carey was working for him in January 2012 when she suffered a fall and missed two to three weeks. He said that she appeared increasingly stressed after an unplanned pregnancy. Relatives have said that she may have suffered postpartum depression.
Weiss said that he fired her in August 2012 after patients complained that she was too rough.
Carey was driving a black Infiniti sedan when, just after 2 p.m. ET, she struck a security fence outside the White House. She took off after hitting a Secret Service officer with her car.
From there, police said, she sped up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol, reaching 80 mph at one point. Police and the Secret Service stopped her at the foot of the Capitol, but she jammed the car into reverse and took off again as police opened fire.
Carey led police on a chase around the perimeter of the Capitol and crashed her car outside a Senate office building a few minutes later, police said. The police shot at her, and she died a short time later. The chase was captured on video.
A Capitol police officer was hurt as he was speeding to confront her and hit a barrier that popped up in the street. The two injured officers were exempt from the government shutdown and required to work but were not being paid.
Carey had an 18-month-old child, believed to be her daughter, in the car, authorities said. The girl was taken to a hospital and found to be unharmed. She was in the protection of social services Friday.
**AND ONE MORE Article to be fair & balanced**………
Source: Schizophrenia meds found at home of Miriam Carey after Capitol chase
Washington (CNN) — Authorities investigating why a Connecticut woman rammed barricades and led police on a chase near the U.S. Capitol found medications in her apartment to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders, a law enforcement source briefed on the investigation said Friday.
The woman was identified by law enforcement sources as Miriam Carey, 34. She was shot dead Thursday in the incident, which played out in one of the most heavily policed places in the world, temporarily locked down Congress and sparked anxiety among tourists and staffers alike.
Two law enforcement officers were injured. Police say Carey rammed barricades and police cruisers and sped down Pennsylvania Avenue before crashing.
She apparently did not have a weapon, but did have a 1-year-old child in the car with her. The child emerged from the chaos unharmed, officials said.
Authorities who searched the apartment in Stamford, Connecticut, found one medication to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and another that is an antidepressant, according to the source.
A law enforcement source involved in the investigation said Thursday that the woman’s boyfriend had told police last winter that she appeared to be delusional……..
**OK, SO….if the Boyfriend knew she had Mental illness problems back in December…..
AND if her family knew as well, WHY didn’t they DO MORE?…..There are ways the FAMILY could HELP through the Court System to Protect her?……and Protect everyone around her.
Just because a PERSON is on Medication for Depression & Bipolar illness, people have NO idea when you start on these Medications,…….It’s like being a Human Tester, because there can be side effects, and time to adjust to these types medications. I just think more could have been done by the Boyfriend & Family.
This is a perfect EXAMPLE of a PERFECT STORM for a person, with Mental illness like *Miriam* I know, HOW?…..I’ve been their Myself with the Meds……AND WHY we end up with *SUICIDES* & *Prescription Intentional Overdose* as a form of Suicide as well. This too I have been touched by. I lost my SISTER-IN-LAW a Year ago this Month to taking too much of all her *Depression & Bipolar* meds, and I lost an Aunt of the very SAME THING.
SO, These are just my *Thoughts and FEELINGS* around this Story and Incident. Not that it means much to anyone else… Just SO much senseless *Deaths*……..That’s why I renamed my Recovery Blog Here,…..
“Recovery Ramblins~~ Of Author Catherine Lyon” ……AS I enjoy Rambling about Life.
God Bless All! 🙂 🙂