The Oct. 3 incident ended when Carey’s car was stopped by a blockade on the Senate side of the Capitol and officers opened fire, fatally wounding her. Her family plans to sue the Capitol Police and a divison of the Secret Service.
Congress has thus far declined to investigate. A spokesperson for the majority on the House Administration Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Capitol Police, did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“It is in the public’s interest to ensure our government acted responsibly not only from a criminal or a civil perspective but from an internal agency perspective. It is also in the public’s interest avoid a similar tragedy in the future,” Valarie Carey said in a statement on her lawsuit.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.