McKinney Allegedly Punches Cop
Web Editor: Michael King
Last Modified: 3/29/2006 8:36:27 PM
According to sources on Capitol Hill, U.S.
Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) punched a
Capitol police officer on Wednesday afternoon after he
mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a
Members of Congress are not required to pass through
Sources say that the officer was at a position in the
Longworth House Office Building, and neither
recognized McKinney, nor saw her credentials as she
went around the metal detector.
The officer called out, Maam, Maam, and walked
after her in an attempt to stop her. When he caught
McKinney, he grabbed her by the arm.
Witnesses say McKinney pulled her arm away, and with
her cell phone in hand, punched the officer in the
McKinneys office has not responded to requests for
According to the Drudge Report, the entire incident is
Drudge continues, "The cop is pressing charges, and
the USCP (United States Capitol Police) are waiting
until Congress adjurns to arrest her, a source
No charges have been filed. Capitol Police spokeswoman
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says that senior officials
have been made aware of the incident and are
A statement attributed to McKinney has been released
on the Internet, where she allegedly claims to have
been harassed by Capitol Hill Police.
The statement's writer says that she has been harassed
by white police officers she says do not recognize her
due to her recently changed hairstyle.
"Do I have to contact the police every time I change
my hairstyle? How do we account for the fact that when
I wore my braids every day for 11 years, I still faced
this problem, primarily from certain white police
officers," the statement says.
The writer details the incident, saying, "I was
rushing to my meeting when a white police officer
yelled to me. He approached me, bodyblocked me,
physically touching me. I used my arm to get him off
of me. I told him not to touch me several times. He
asked for my ID and I showed it to him. He then let me
go and I proceeded to my meeting and I assume that the
Police Officer resumed his duties. I have counseled
with the Sergeant-at-Arms and Acting Assistant Chief
Thompson several times before and counseled with them
again on today's incident. I offered also to counsel
with the offending police officer."