McKinney’s Got Punch

19 04 2006

Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the “event report” from Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s assault on Capitol Hill police officer Paul McKenna:

The official police report on Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s clash with a Capitol Hill police officer three weeks ago says the DeKalb County congresswoman struck the officer “in his chest with (a) closed fist.”

The “event report” — obtained Tuesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — describes the altercation as an assault on a police officer. The officer involved in the incident, identified as Paul McKenna, filed the report with his supervisors immediately after the incident occurred at 8:55 a.m. March 29.

The report for the first time provides specific details of what happened when McKenna tried to stop McKinney from going around a security checkpoint at a House office building.

There had previously been reports that McKinney “stabbed” the officer with a cell phone or that she slapped McKenna with an open hand.

McKinney claimed she was the victim of racial profiling and that the officer had touched her inappropriately when he tried to stop her. But under pressure from House Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus, McKinney, a Democrat, apologized for the incident on the House floor last week.

McKinney’s office declined to comment on the report Tuesday, saying it involved a pending legal matter…

And the status of the legal procedings:

U.S. Attorney Ken Wainstein turned the matter over to the grand jury two weeks ago. Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he met last week with McKenna and asked him to consider filing a lawsuit against McKinney. Canterbury also called on McKinney to apologize directly to McKenna.

Michelle Malkin provides Louis Farrakhan’s, The Final Call, coverage here. And The Socialist Worker’s World newspaper coverage here.

According to the Socialist Worker’s World piece, every person of color has been discriminated against.

There isn’t a person of color in the U.S. who has not been either the direct or indirect victim of police scrutiny or outright harassment, whether they live in a poor, urban area or if they are an elected politician like McKinney.

It is crucial that McKinney receive the benefit of the doubt in this case because racism is endemic throughout U.S. society in many forms and transcends class barriers.

There is absolutely no way to prove this. This is pure victimizing, slave-mentality, plantation-inhabiting thinking.

I could make the same argument that I have been discriminated against in athletics, on the job, and in public areas in general. But that does not give me the right to assult a police officer and make excuses about it, if he is a black American.

Crucial as it may be, she should not and will not receive any “points” for a political record that overflows with race-baiting. This plantation mentality is only benefiting herself and keeps her voters poor, and in need of the programs that only she can provide them.

Americans are a free people. Free to work hard and take care of yourself, not let the government do it all for you in exchange for votes.

Also see: Wizbang

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