I am having trouble following this story.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) was late to a meeting and tried to pass through a crowded House office building door. She was not wearing her congressional pin — which is not mandatory — but if you have ever spent any time in D.C. you’ll notice that every member wears their pin. It is thought of as a badge of honor. Rep. McKinney was asked to stop by a U.S. Capitol Police Department officer and when he reached out to stop her, she punched him.
On Monday I got a parking ticket. I saw the officer walking away from my car. I was angry, as the meter had just expired. However, did I hit the officer? NO! I paid the ticket because I broke the cardinal rule of parking: keeping the meter plump.
Rep. Mckinney appeared this morning on CNN’s American Morning accompanied by two of her lawyers. When asked by Soledad about the incident, all Rep. McKinney would say is that the police department was racially profiling her. Here is the back and forth:
“Let me stop you there,” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien during an interview Wednesday on “American Morning.”
“You can’t stop me, Soledad. The real issue is face recognition and security around the Capitol complex,” McKinney said.
O’Brien continued to press: “Somebody, anybody, lawyer, congresswoman … just tell me what happened?”
“I’ll tell you what happened,” McKinney said. “In fact, over 250 black police officers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police Department.”
“Forgive me for my lack of clarity,” O’Brien said. “What happened that day, ma’am?”
Citing potential criminal charges against McKinney, one of her attorneys, Mike Raffauf, stepped in. “This is not going to be a place we rehash the facts of this incident,” he said.
McKinney has said she was not wearing her lapel pin given to lawmakers when the officer stopped her.
The lawmaker said the identification pin is irrelevant.
“It doesn’t have a face or a photo ID on it, and quite frankly it can be duplicated,” she said.
Raffauf said: “We don’t even know the allegations. We don’t know what specifically she’s accused of.”
James Myart, another attorney for McKinney, has said she was “assaulted” and that her reaction to the officer was appropriate.
Cynthia, if you don’t mind me calling you that, just say you’re sorry. You’re on the side of good, you’re scrappy and a fighter and we like that. However, if you’re reading this, please…just say you’re sorry. You really aren’t allowed to hit police.
Also, if you want to tell the real story, the behind the scenes about what happened last Wednesday, you’re welcome to tell your story on DoubleSpeak. Just have your people shoot us an email.
One more thing, on the off chance that you do serve time in prison, make sure you get a 60GB iPod and load it up with DoubleSpeak episodes: one, two and three. They’re really good! God Speed, Cynthia Mckinney.