It has been two months since a young mother was fatally shot by police after a dramatic car chase in which White House and U.S. Capitol security barriers were breached. Details have emerged about the woman's history of mental illness, the contents of her car and the number of shots fired. But big issues remain.
Was the use of force proper? Are the right policies and training in place? It is important that these questions be answered in a way that is most transparent to the public.
The investigation into the Oct. 3 shooting of 34-year-old Miriam Carey, who led the Secret Service and Capitol Police on the high-speed chase, is ongoing. The U.S. attorney's office, in conjunction with the D.C. police's internal affairs bureau, is reviewing the circumstances of Ms. Carey's death to determine whether there is criminal or criminal civil rights culpability. The Secret Service and Capitol Police will determine whether officers followed their departments' use-of-force policies and whether changes in practices or policies are needed.