WASHINGTON - In a tweet that has gone viral, Valarie Carey is questioning how federal law enforcement responded when her sister drove into a White House checkpoint and led officers on a chase in 2013 compared to another White House security incident involving another woman last week.
In 2013, U.S. Secret Service and Capitol Police shot at Miriam Carey's car more than 20 times, hitting her five times and killing her. She was unarmed and had a baby in her car. Carey's daughter was not hurt.
On Friday, Secret Service agents took Jessica Ford, who they say intentionally rammed a White House checkpoint with a gun in her hand, into custody without a single shot fired.
Valarie Carey retweeted a tweet from FOX 5 about Ford's arrest, adding the comment, "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."
She spoke with FOX 5 about the tweet and what she called a "double standard" Monday.
"There was no regards for my sister's life, nor the baby's life, but yet there was regard for this woman. What's different?" Valarie Carey asked.
According to court documents, Secret Service has had contact with Ford before. They say she tried getting into the White House on multiple occasions last year.
In 2013, Miriam Carey did not have any criminal record, her family says. Video captured part of the incident, in which she led officers on a short chase between the White House and U.S. Capitol. The chase ended near the Hart Office Building where authorities said she reversed her vehicle toward an officer.
"There was no justification for what happened to my sister and this is not to say that [Ford] should have been shot down, but what I am saying is the same way that she was handled, why wasn't my sister handled in that way?" asked Valarie Carey.
In 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to charge any of the officers who shot Miriam Carey. To this day, neither the Secret Service, D.C. police nor Capitol Police have identified the officers involved.
Valarie Carey said the family, after reports of unsuccessful lawsuits, will move forward with a new lawsuit this year. October marks five years since Miriam Carey's death.
FOX 5 posed questions to both the Secret Service and Capitol Police on Monday, but the agencies have not responded.