Thursday, March 30, 2006

McKinney Scuffles With Police

AP reported Rep. Cynthia McKinney and a police officer scuffled Wednesday after the Georgia Democrat entered a House office building unrecognized and refused to stop when asked, according to U.S. Capitol Police.
Arrest the bitch, and throw her in jail.
McKinney, a sixth-term congresswoman who represents suburban Atlanta, struck the officer according to one account, a police official said, adding there were conflicting accounts. The officer, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident, spoke only on condition of anonymity.
And did he say, under condition of anonymity, that he was struck? I suspect he did, because otherwise they wouold be shouting to the rooftops that he was not.
No charges were filed, police said.
Why? Assaulting a police officer is not one of the immunities that Congress Critters have.
McKinney issued a statement Wednesday night saying she regretted the confrontation. "I know that Capitol Hill Police are securing our safety, and I appreciate the work that they do. I have demonstrated my support for them in the past and I continue to support them now," she said.
Then why hit one?
Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said only that senior officials have been made aware of the incident and are investigating.
So criminal charges may still be filed?
Members of Congress do not have to walk through metal detectors as they enter buildings on the Capitol complex. They wear lapel pins identifying them as members. McKinney routinely doesn't wear her pin
Then she should expect to be stopped.
and is recognized by many officers, the police official said, adding that she wasn't wearing it when she entered a House office building early Wednesday.
That is a security problem. If they are required to wear them, and if she does not wear hers, she should have to pass security just like everyone else.
By one police account, she walked around a metal detector and an officer asked her several times to stop. When she did not, the officer tried to stop her, and she then struck the officer, according to that account.
Assault and battery on a police officer.
In her statement, McKinney said most members of Congress expect Capitol police to recognize them.
Perhaps they do recognize the important ones. She is not one of them.
"I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents. Unfortunately, the police officer did not recognize me as a member of Congress and a confrontation ensued," she said. "I did not have on my congressional pin but showed the police officer my congressional ID."
Did you show it before or after you hit him?

Danny Carlton blogged There are 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate. Does MZZZ McKinney remember them all? Personally, I think they should all be sent a memo telling them if they aren't wearing their ID and try to go around the metal detectors, they'll be thrown to the ground and sat upon by the heaviest security officer available and kept there until they admit they're a doofus who isn't even qualified to serve french fries, let alone serve in Congress.

11alive reports According to the Drudge Report, the entire incident is on tape. Drudge continues, "The cop is pressing charges, and the USCP (United States Capitol Police) are waiting until Congress adjourns to arrest her, a source claims."

Matt Margolis blogged It's almost ironic that this hapen the same day Democrats held their media stunt unveiling their so-called security agenda...

Right Wing News blogged Sounds like a clear cut case of assault. Wonder if Cynthia will 1) give a heartfelt apology, 2) give a cheap non-apology apology, 3) blame the cop for "making her" hit him, or 4) play the race card?

Given that Cynthia is a particularly kooky Democrat who loves to blame racism for everything, I'm going to guess 2 and 3, with 4 possible if this gets a lot of attention. But, perhaps she'll pleasantly surprise everyone with a 1. We'll see.


Anonymous said...

Just WHO does she think she is....why, she's Miss Cynthia McKinney.
The rest of us, if we were to hit a police officer, we would immediately be arrested and put in jail. The arrogance of some of the people representing us .....well, this is why we NEED TERM LIMITS on polititions.

Don Singleton said...

I certainly support term limits for politicians.

In fact for politicians like Cynthia McKinney I believe it should be Two Terms: One in Congress, and One in Jail