Is Cynthia McKinney D-GA Insane?
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-4th Ga.)
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney delayed a scheduled news conference Friday morning as U.S. Capitol police reportedly made plans to seek an arrest warrant against her for striking a police officer.
McKinney's office says the news conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. They say that actor Danny Glover will also be present at the news conference to be held on Howard University's campus in northwest Washington.
McKinney, a Democrat, represents Atlanta suburbs that make up one of Georgia's two black-majority districts. She planned to hold a news conference with her lawyer on Friday at 11 a.m., but an aide in her office said a new time and date for the news conference were being arranged.
The six-term congresswoman is said to have hit a Capitol Police officer in the chest earlier this week when he stopped her from entering the building without going through a metal detector. McKinney said she was not wearing a lapel pin identifying her as a House member, but that she did display her Congressional identification badge.
The charges, if they are filed against her, could include felony assault on a police officer or simple assault, which is a misdemeanor. Before police can make an arrest, the U.S. Attorney's office has to approve the warrant and then notify the U.S. Justice Department because the warrant involves a sitting member of Congress.
U.S. Capitol Police said there is surveillance video of the confrontation between the officer and McKinney, but they say the video will not be released. McKinney released a statement saying she deeply regrets the incident, but was rushing to a meeting when the officer failed to recognize her. "Unfortunately, the Police Officer did not recognize me as a Member of Congress and a confrontation ensued," the statement read.
McKinney said that government security officers often fail to recognize her and treat her like a criminal suspect. Her staff members are defending her by distributing a clip of her from the new film “American Blackout.” As McKinney shows the filmmaker around the capitol grounds, a security officer fails to recognize her at first and stops her.
“That’s just typical of the type of treatment I receive. It’s typical. So, I’m not surprised and I’m not offended,” McKinney said in the film. “Okay. Thank you. Some things never change."
The incident has become the topic of much-heated debate on talk radio and for Democrats and Republicans on the Hill. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress." She added that the police officer was not at fault. "I would not make a big deal of this," said Pelosi, D-Calif. Ron Bonjean, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., responded: "How many officers would have to be punched before it becomes a big deal?"
Let me get this right, Cynthia isnt wearing a distinctive Pin on her Lapel that tells Security and all the Capital Hill Police "I'm a Congresswoman", she gets "Upset" that the person who is suppose to protect HER and every member of Congress from "Intruders" (That might possibly try to cause harm to our elected leaders) entering the Halls Of Congress, for her and their protection. This Police Officer sees no Pin, doesnt recognize her, grabs her arm before she enters to make sure she is SUPPOSE to be going in there, then she HITS this Police officer with her cell phone, or whatever, and now SHE is the one claiming Descrimination against a Police Officer doing HIS job? And then to top it off she holds a Press Conference today with Danny Glover, and Harry Belefonte, (Of all people) and says "She is a victim of being in Congress while black."? So the Capital Police are suppose to recognize ALL 400-600 members of Congress ALL the time (Even without wearing their pin?) So Cynthia can assault a Capital Hill Police Officer while doing HIS job, hit him, slap him, and whatever she want's to do to him because SHE was not properly identified, HE wants to make sure SHE is who SHE is, and SHE is claiming "Racial Discrimination"? She should have been arrested on the spot! No checking with the Attorney General, just flat out arrested like anyone else would be had they tried to enter the Capital building without proper Identification! This couldnt have been a stunt for her upcomming film "American Blackout" could it? Just another election ploy? Or maybe the Capital Hill Police should never check ANYONE going into the Halls of Congress EVER again because they might be charged with Discrimination, Intimidation, or what ever defense theory those in Congress can come up with. But let some one go in there and blow themselves up, and see what the Congress would say! "You didnt do enough to protect us", (Capital Hill Police: "We tried, but you guys always claim we are in the wrong")What a DOLT! I hope they arrest her ass!
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