You won’t see me defending the police very often these days. As a former DC area resident, I’ve a special distaste for the Capitol Hill police. I’ll likely side with them, though:
U.S. Capitol Police on Monday asked a federal prosecutor to approve an arrest warrant for Rep. Cynthia McKinney after she tangled with a uniformed officer last week.
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein said he was reviewing the merits of the case.
“We are working with Capitol Hill police to fully understand and appreciate the incident,” principal assistant U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
McKinney framed the matter in terms of race. “The issue is racial profiling,” McKinney, who is black, told CNN.
McKinney’s attorney told CNN that reports police were seeking an arrest warrant are “not true.”
“They are doing no more than any other law enforcement agency does, and that is, simply to file with the prosecutors the necessary paperwork for them to further investigate the case,” attorney James Myart told CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “That’s all it is.”
Neither Phillips nor the police department would say what charge was being sought against the six-term Democrat or when any warrant for her arrest might be issued.
It was a minor scuffle and a trivial little matter, IMO. Normally I’d suggest that we just drop the issue and move on. However, normal citizens are herded through the government cattle chutes for “our own protection” all the time. We don’t have any special privileges or any reasonable expectation to be able to bully the cops into dropping charges.
As I’m traveling right now (and received additional security screening en route), I’m doubly sensititve to this issue. My take is that all congresscritters should be sent through the same metal detectors to which they force the rest of the country to submit — along with random strip searches and probes and wands. If they resist, throw them in the same jails. Then maybe the laws they impose on us would begin to change.