David Haynes, managing partner for The Cochran Firm, D.C., was recently featured in an NBC News story investigating the shooting of an unarmed woman near Capitol Hill. On Oct. 3, 2013, Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut, was shot and killed after apparently attempting to drive her car through a White House barricade and then leading police on a car chase from the White House to the Capitol building.
Media reports have indicated that Carey suffered from post-partum depression with psychosis. Police did not find any weapons on her, which has raised questions whether police acted properly in fatally shooting Carey.
“The exact facts are not known, particularly in the moments right before the shooting,” Haynes told NBC News. “At this point a thorough investigation is necessary. Obviously law enforcement should be trained to de-escalate a situation and to avoid lethal force if at all possible.… She had a baby in the car. Her behavior was erratic. … It appeared this was likely someone who was suffering from mental illness, but the officers don’t have the luxury to know that. At the time the shots were fired, was she presenting a threat of serious bodily harm to the officers? Was she trying to flee? Or was she trying to injure or kill someone.”
Carey’s sisters have told reports they believe the shooting of their unarmed sister by Capitol police was unjustified. They are also “gravely concerned” that her daughter was in the backseat of her car during the incident.
Click here to read the NBC News story that quotes The Cochran Firm, D.C.’s managing partner and injury attorney David Haynes.