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Lawyer for family of mother killed in White House incident arrested as claims of coverup persist

Eric Sanders, lawyer for the family of 34-year-old Connecticut mother Miriam Carey who was fatally shot by law enforcement in early October near the White House, was arrested Tuesday.

He is being held on a $181,666.66 bond and was ordered by a judge to pay an additional $1,000 for every day he remains behind bars.

According to the New York Post, Sanders -- who was a New York police officer before he became a lawyer who built his practice by taking discrimination suits against the NYPD -- was arrested at his Melville, Long Island, home for failing to keep court dates and pay settlements.

He is accused of reneging on payments owed to former employee Mary Rocco, who sued him for firing her in 2005 after she became pregnant.

Rocco’s attorney, Tracey Bernstein, slammed Sanders for professing to be a civil rights lawyer while violating the civil rights of her client.

Sanders has claimed he is unable to pay Rocco and has since filed for bankruptcy, but Bernstein finds this odd since he reportedly has a $900 monthly NYPD pension, a $10,000 per month income from his law practice and recently boasted to a local newspaper of a $500,000 legal settlement in another case.

On Oct. 4, Sanders held a news conference with the family of the slain Carey’s family in front of her home.

Meanwhile, accusations of a cover-up in the new mother’s killing persist. Sanders and the family say Carey did not ram into the White House barricade deliberately but was attempting to make a turn. Other reports allege that police threw a tire iron at her car as she was attempting that turn.

Reports say Carey, who had a 1-year-old baby, was suffering from post-partum depression and had had delusions of President Obama stalking her. Her daughter was in the car with her when she was shot, but was unharmed.

Her family disputes much of what was reported, saying instead that Carey was gunned down unnecessarily.