Emily Miller is a vocal and respected advocate for the Second Amendment. She is also an investigative reporter for Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C.
In 2010, on New Year’s Day, Miller claims she was the victim of a home invasion. While dog-sitting for a friend, the story goes, Emily came back to the residence to find a “drug addict” robbing the place.
According to Miller, the robber fled. But she wanted to make sure he was gone so she went outside to confirm he had left the scene. Here is Miller’s account of what happened:
After the man left, I was still suspicious so I went inside, grabbed my Blackberry and clicked on the icon for the camera. I walked down the street, and as I turned the corner, I saw about 15 scruffy young men standing around two pickup trucks. We were at the end of a woody, dead-end road.
I nervously held up my Blackberry to take a quick photo of them and the license plates. Suddenly, the blood-shot-eyed guy darted out, blocking the shot. “What are you doing?” he asked. I looked around at all the men staring at me and was suddenly scared.
It’s a story that she’s told probably 1,000 times while touring the country to promote her book, “Emily Gets Her Gun: …But Obama Wants to Take Yours.” In fact, in an interview with me, she relayed similar details.
Now, pointing to the official police report, The Washington Post is calling into question the veracity of Miller’s story. Here an excerpt from the documents:
[Miller] stated that she left out to walk the dog at 1515hrs and when she returned at 1525hrs she observed [the suspect] exiting from behind the fence which leads to the side of the house. [Miller] asked [suspect] ‘What are you doing here’ and [suspect] stated ‘I am delivering firewood.
[Miller] stated that she went into the house and felt that something was not right, so she exited the house to take a photo of [suspect’s] vehicle. [Suspect] approached [Miller] and gave her a business card that stated [a tree service] and [suspect] left the scene. [Miller] stated that [suspect] was operating a silver pick up truck with landscaping on the side of it.
[Miller] stated that she was contacted by her credit card company at 1945hrs about some fraudulent charges on her credit card. [Miller] stated that she checked her purse and noticed that her Visa credit card and $50.00 in US Currency was missing. [Miller] stated that while she was out walking the dog she had left her purse on the counter in the kitchen of the offense location.
Was there an actual robbery? Was the man a suspected “drug addict” or simply a landscaper? Were there really 15 men “scruffy young men standing around two pickup trucks”?
The Washington Post believes that Miller embellished her story, adding details like the “drug addict” and the “15 young scruffy men” to make it appear more harrowing than it actually was. The WP went on to say that no charges were ever filed against the suspect and that police attempted to contact Miller three times on “Feb. 3, 2010, Feb. 4 and Feb. 9” to follow up on the incident but no calls were returned.
“The undersigned made several attempts to contact the complainant [Miller] which ended in negative results. The undersigned request that this report be suspended until additional means of contacting the complainant is provided,” reads the report.
Why didn’t Miller attempt to press charges or recovery the money that was taken?
I reached out to Miller and am awaiting a response. For what it is worth, having corresponded with her on multiple occasions, I’m inclined to believe her account of the incident as police reports are not always all-encompassing. Plus, she doesn’t seem like one to tell tall tales.
Meanwhile, the Coalition to Gun Violence is launching a campaign to have Miller fired from Fox 5. In an email to GunsAmerica, Ladd Everitt from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence said “Her story has changed constantly, and it does not match up with the facts from the police report on the incident.”
“Miller’s goal is not to provide objective, accurate reporting. She’s an advocate, and she’s using her position to promote a radical view of the Second Amendment that is totally out of step with WTTG’s viewers,” Everitt continued. “If WTTG still cares anything about actual journalism, they will send her packing.”