McKinney’s race card tactic works like a charm
If my wife or sister or any of my women colleagues at the office attempted to walk past a security checkpoint controlling access to a federally secured space, ignored the repeated verbal orders from the uniformed police officers present to stop, and then physically assaulted one of those officers I can assure you there’s plenty there to support charges of assault and battery. (To say nothing of the issues of intentionally violating established security procedures.)
But when the biggest racist on Capitol Hill does it and then screams “racal profiling” she gets a walk. And people thought the jury in the Rodney King trial were blind. The grand jury considering the case of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) took in all the evidence – that McKinney walked around the security checkpoint without showing her ID or the lapel pin she was issued for this purpose, that she was ordered to stop and ignored that order, that when the officer making that order reached out to stop her she then turned and assaulted him – and found that evidence to be insufficient to support charges. And all that evidence was witnessed by several persons and even agreed upon by the suspect.
There is simply no other explanation for the jury’s action except that they bought in to McKinney’s race baiting. They gave her a walk because, in spite of her clearly violating statutes on assault and battery, she’s black and the officer (one Officer Paul McKenna) is white. So, aside from the message that the Capitol Police are doormats that Congressmen can feel free to wipe their feet on, what do we have here? That if you’re a loudmouthed black woman who flings accusations of racism around to cover your own unethical and, in this case, illegal behavior you’ve got nothing to worry about by smacking a peace officer around.
Oh, and that black people can’t really be expected to live up to the same standards of lawful behavior that the rest of us do.
What McKinney did was bad enough. This jury, whoever they are, just compounded the problem. I have an idea for that, however. The names of those people who decided not to uphold the law should be recorded and dispersed to law enforcement. Those people should never be permitted to bring charges in assault and battery cases again, nor should such charges be leveled against anyone who assaults them. If this case wasn’t a clear cut violation of those laws, then those people should not expect to be protected by those laws in similar circumstances themselves.
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