Congresswoman vs. cops

Rep. Cynthia McKinney confronts Capitol police.


Kl
March 31, 2006 8:07PM (UTC)

It looks as if Capitol Police will be issuing an arrest warrant today for Rep. Cynthia McKinney, following an incident in which she allegedly either punched or "stabbed" with her cellphone (reports differ) a police officer who tried to stop her from entering a House building when she didn't go through a metal detector. Members of Congress may bypass the detectors, but McKinney was allegedly not wearing her I.D. pin. Yes, there is apparently a video of the scuffle -- and yes, we'll show you that if we get it. And yes, it has prompted predictable partisan bickering.

But McKinney has claimed that the Capitol Police officers habitually don't recognize her. One example being sent around (and spotlighted on McKinney's Web site) is below, in a clip from an upcoming film produced by the Guerrilla News Network, but ... we're not really sure what to say here Are we supposed to feel sorry for McKinney, who let's just say has been known to get carried away now and then, or for the officer, who catches hell for simply asking two people (including a cameraman) walking toward the Capitol a fair distance away, "Who are you with?"

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