Police in general don’t get the appreciation they deserve. The Capitol Police in particular are being accused of racism and excessive force by the loony lefty Rep. McKinney. As a result, the House Republicans are trying to pass a resolution commending the Capitol Police for its efforts to protect all those who enter the Capitol Hill buildings.
House Republicans, reacting to the confrontation last week between Rep. Cynthia McKinney and a Capitol Police officer she is accused of hitting, pressed for a resolution Tuesday to commend the police force for its professionalism.
Democratic leaders did not defend McKinney or her charge of racial profiling.
“I don’t think any of it justifies hitting a police officer,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. “If it did happen I don’t think it was justified.”
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said all lawmakers, staffers and visitors in the building have a responsibility to obey Capitol Police. “I think we all should cooperate fully,” he said.
Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, had no comment, a spokesman said.
As a federal prosecutor considered whether to press assault or other charges against McKinney, Republicans were introducing their resolution.
“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,” McHenry said.
So where are the other black caucus members with their stories of abuse at the hands of the Capitol Police? If the force routinely engages in racial profiling and excessive force, wouldn’t other black members of congress also have had problems?
Rep. McHenry, one of the sponsors of this resolution, is stopped routinely by the Capitol Police.
McHenry, who at 30 is the youngest member of Congress, said he is routinely stopped by Capitol Police and asked for identification.
“When I’m not wearing my pin, I am always stopped,” McHenry said in a telephone interview. “I accept that as a due course of security.”
Is that age profiling? Maybe he should file a law suit.