Plenty of pundits have piled on too.
Hashtags abound. #ICantBreathe and #BlackLivesMatter to cite just two
I feel like crying for our country, for our people. How many more times must we go down this road? #ICantBreathe
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) December 4, 2014
.@RawStory: WATCH: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ — Rep. Hank Johnson’s incredible tribute to Eric Garner: http://t.co/j05ViPo4dO
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) December 5, 2014
#BlackLivesMatter still trending. Powerful. Even when it's not trending, let's continue to believe that our lives matter. #AllLivesMatter
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) December 6, 2014
So here's my question: Where were these voices last year when a Black mom named Miriam Carey was gunned down near the U.S. Capitol? Carey died after being repeatedly shot in the back by police. She was unarmed.
When Carey was slain, nobody waited to learn the details.
Congress stood and gave her killer(s) a standing ovation.
Why don't those who demand "justice" for Eric Garner (or Micheal Brown) also demand "justice" for Carey?
I'm not necessarily judging the officers involved in the DC shooting. At the same time, the case of Miriam Carey has lacked even the pretense of public concern more recent cases have triggered. And most, if not all, of the high profile persons who now raise their voices loud over more recent incidents seemed to have done their best to look the other way last year.