Cynthia McKinney didn’t strike the Capitol Police Officer with a cell phone; she used her closed fist, according to an event report filed by the officer immediately after the scuffle and obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
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 cellphone or that she slapped McKenna with an open hand.
McKinney said 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.
The US attorney sent the case to the grand jury two weeks ago. There’s no indication when or if the grand jury will decide to indict. However, the officer has been encouraged to file a lawsuit against McKinney.
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