Archive for Wednesday, April 5, 2006

House commends police in congressional scuffle

April 5, 2006


— Rep. Cynthia McKinney may be taking on the police, but her colleagues aren't backing her. In fact, they are sponsoring a resolution praising police for their professionalism.

The Georgia Democrat has charged the Capitol Police with racial profiling after a run-in with a police officer. McKinney claims she was acting in self-defense when she hit an officer who asked her to stop on her way into a House office building last week. She was not wearing her lapel pin identifying her as a a member of Congress and police said she refused to stop. A federal prosecutor is considering pressing criminal charges.

"I don't think it's fair to attack the Capitol Police and I think it's time that we show our support for them," said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., a sponsor of the measure. Ignoring a police officer's order to stop, or hitting one, "is never OK," he said.


Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 11 years, 8 months ago

Absolutely! First thing black people scream is it's racial. No matter what happens, no matter where it is, the first thing out of their mouth is that. A similar situation happened in Topeka recently when the head of the local NAACP, who was hired by the newspaper to write a column, wrote an inflammatory piece about a poor black guy who was being sentenced for a crime. She whined that he was there all by himself with no family present, just him, his lawyer, the judge and her. She opined that because of the aforementioned facts, and that she and he were the only black people in the courtroom, that this poor criminal was being treated in a racially prejudicial manner. It pissed off a lot of people, and two Topeka police officers, exercising their first amendment rights, responded to her by e-mail. First thing out of her mouth, they are being racial and hiding behind their badges. They weren't hiding behind anything, although I wish they had been a little more subdued in their response. They were disciplined, and are now suing the police department in federal court. I don't care what color people are, they can be purple, it's how they act that I respond to. That is exactly what the police detectives were saying. It was this lady's attitude and what she said, and how she said it, that they were responding to. I wish minorities would stop feeling so paranoid that any time someone disagrees with them, they think it's racially motivated. Most times I would say it is not! I do not care if Ms. McKinney thinks she is being treated unfairly due to the color of her skin, she is the one that failed to wear her identification pin, she is the one that failed to stop when ordered to do so by a police officer, and she is the one that hit the officer. Enough said, they should throw the book at her. It's interesting that the house of representatives feels the same way I do. It wasn't the color of your skin Ms. McKinney, duh! If I had done what you did, they would be charging me, too. Yes, I am a caucasian. Thank you, Lynn

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