Police officers shot unarmed Miriam Carey five times from behind in her car with her infant in the backseat following a U-turn she made at a White House checkpoint on October 3, 2013. On Friday, her sister, Valarie Carey, called out the difference in outcome for an armed white woman who crashed her car into a White House security barrier on Friday.
According to local Washington, DC Fox5 News, Jessica Ford of Tennessee struck a security barrier with her vehicle at the White House on Friday. Ford had been arrested for previous attempts to unlawfully enter the White House. No shots were fired during the incident on Friday, Fox5 News reported.
"The Secret Service has had previous encounters with the female in the vicinity of the White House resulting in numerous arrests for a variety of criminal violations," the Secret Service said in a news release according to Fox5 News. "The female was again charged today with numerous criminal violations and transported to the Metropolitan Police Department."
The New York Daily News reported that Ford was armed with a pistol without a license. She was reportedly charged three times last year for unlawful entrance or violating a court order to stay away from the White House.
Officials have stated that Ford had "mental issues," WSMV reported. Ford reportedly did not comply when officers told her multiple times to drop her weapon, which was reportedly faced in the opposite direction from the officers. Officers were able to force her hand off the steering wheel and remove the gun from her hand and put her in handcuffs, WSMV reported. Ford's crash into the security barrier – which reportedly did not breach the barrier – caused the White House to go on lockdown on Friday.
On Twitter, Valarie tweeted an article on Ford and called out the injustice in the death of her sister.
"So this is the face of woman who intentionally crashed a gate near the White House WITH a gun on her," she wrote. "My sister Miriam Carey was unarmed, no crime committed MADE A UTURN and was gunned down."
So this is the face of woman who intentionally crashed a gate near the White House WITH a gun on her. My sister Miriam Carey was unarmed, no crime committed MADE A UTURN and was gunned down . #Justice4MiriamCarey
— Valarie Carey (@ValarieCarey) February 24, 2018
In an interview with Democracy Now in 2015, Valarie joined their family's attorney, Eric Sanders, to discuss details of the tragic incident that left Miriam Carey, a new black mother, dead. Since Miriam Carey's death, there have been various conflicting reports on how she approached the White House barricade, Democracy Now reported. Initial reports claimed she "rammed " White House barriers, but, as CNN reported, an officer reportedly attempted to move a barricade in her path as she made a three-point turn at a White House checkpoint. The turn led to a chase in which Miriam Carey was eventually killed. Her infant daughter was uninjured.
"..I don’t believe that firing at a moving car, a moving vehicle, is justifiable," Valarie told Democracy Now. My sister was unarmed. And I don’t believe that deadly physical force was necessary."
Read and watch the full interview and details on Miriam Carey's tragic death at Democracy Now here.