A tragedy but not a crime


Footage from a White House checkpoint shows Miriam Carey hitting an off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer who tried to block her path with a bike rack. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Nine months ago, Connecticut nurse Miriam Carey drove her Infiniti sedan into a White House barrier, backed up and raced down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, where she was shot dead by police after ramming her car into another checkpoint. Carey’s family and some observers suggested that the Capitol Police and Secret Service officers who shot her used excessive force and should be prosecuted. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen disagrees: On Thursday, his office announced its investigation of Carey’s death will not result in criminal charges. But a civil lawsuit will continue: “Again, after an exhaustive review of all publicly available data, the Carey Family has concluded the shooting of Miriam Iris Carey was ‘NOT JUSTIFIED,’” read a statement from the family’s lawyer.

In other news:

No charges for federal cops in Capitol shooting of Miriam Carey (Post)

Karl Racine and Lateefah Williams are in the attorney general race (PostLoose LipsAP)

Nine months after federal shutdown, Sibley Hospital reports that births are up (NBC News)

“Thus far, [David Catania] is the only candidate who has offered a full public education platform,” says Jonetta Rose Barras (Post column)

Carol Schwartz needs a rebranding, says Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

James Oh, 76, killed in July 4 robbery attack, was at “the center of many people’s lives” (Post)

The late Bob Moore was often embattled but ultimately effective (Post obituary)

Cyclists tell Courtland Milloy what’s what (Dr. GridlockWashingtonianCity DeskDaily CallerWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

So do readers (Post letters)

From Petula Dvorak, a plea for sanity (Post column)

Instead of Glenmont and Shady Grove, how about Eastbound and Westbound? (GGW)

Metro says it will beef up 16th Street transit capacity with articulated buses (WAMU-FMDCist)

Eleanor Holmes Norton to Congress: “This is not like your podunk home, so please get off our back” (WJLA-TV)

Norton says she wants less congestion in front of Union Station (WUSA-TVPoPville)

Council committee moves special-education reform bills forward (Post)

Numbers contract is renewed, ending plan to unify D.C. lottery contracts (AP)

On St. Thomas’s project, Dupont ANC splits the baby (UrbanTurf)

For Park View rowhouse to improve, city has to give on tax bill (Housing Complex)

Why affordable housing should be required on surplussed city land (DCFPI)

Burglar targets house (and refrigerator) on same block as 3rd District station house (WJLA-TV)

Arrests won’t much help D.C.’s sex trafficking victims (DCist)

DPR’s co-op play programs are nice, but they cost money (GGW)

See the roots of D.C.’s public transportation system in 1942 Capital Transit map (DDOTGGW)

Council finally set to honor star quarterback of “Washington football team” (WBJ)

D.C. Brau FTW! (Young & Hungry)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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