Here’s a fact: the dead woman was unarmed. Another fact:
“All the shots in the incident, which began about 2:14 p.m., were fired by police trying to stop her.”
Afterward, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) took to Twitter to thank the police. “We all owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for their work every day; no finer examples of professionalism & bravery,” Boehner wrote.
On the House floor, legislators rose for a round of applause after Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) praised Capitol Police for providing protection for the Capitol complex.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) spoke after the round of applause, telling the police force, “We really appreciate it.”
The chamber also stood and applauded for the staff of the House Sergeant at Arms.
Now, this hardly seems a time to applaud. It appears a mentally ill woman with a one year old child in her car was gunned down. What on earth is there to be happy about?
I don’t know enough about this to fault the police, but just as a prima facie matter, killing – shooting to death – an unarmed woman with a child in her car is extremely troubling.
Some days I just don’t know what has happened to us. I see and interact with normal, ordinary and humble people every day and can’t imagine any of them thinking that this incident was anything to be applauded. Is there something in the water in DC? Is everyone there so drunk with power and privilege that they can witness something like this and their knee jerk reaction is to curry favor with the law and order constituency by mindless flattery, totally out of place under the circumstances?
I hope someone brings some sanity to bear on this incident in the coming days, other than me.