March 31, 2006

Arrest Warrant Will Issue For Cynthia "Slappy" McKinney
— Ace

Update: She did play the race card, as was perfectly predictable. As an Ace of Spades exclusive, I have the arrest warrant against her.


Capitol Hill police plan to issue an arrest warrant today for Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.).

The warrant is related to the incident Wednesday when McKinney allegedly slapped a Capitol Hill police officer.

Charges could range from assault on a police officer, which is a felony carrying a possible five year prison term, to simple assault, which is a misdeamenor.

McKinney has canceled a news conference that she had scheduled for this morning to discuss the incident.

McKinney issued a statement yesterday saying she "deeply regrets" the confrontation with the police officer.

The six-term congresswoman apparently struck a Capitol Police officer when he tried to stop her from entering a House office building without going through a metal detector. Members of Congress wear identifying lapel pins and routinely are waved into buildings without undergoing security checks. The officer apparently did not recognize McKinney, she said in a statement.

Asked on-camera Thursday by Channel 2 Action News whether she intended to apologize, McKinney refused to comment.

I guess she forgot to present her RaceCard. I'm sure she won't make that mistake in the upcoming weeks.

Get ready for the racial-grievance/victim campaign for McKinney. We'll be told all sorts of things, like she's only being punished for acting "uppity," etc.

Slapping a cop is not "uppity." It's a felony, Cynthia.

Of course, this will probably only make her more popular in her district.

Posted by: Ace at 06:56 AM | Comments (76)
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1 The ' Zsa Zsa Gabor' precedent establishes that McKinney spend 3 days in jail and pay a fine of $13,000.

Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 31, 2006 07:04 AM (PcDvW)

2 It'd be nice to throw the book at her, but they won't. Cowards.

Posted by: Iblis at March 31, 2006 07:05 AM (4STIH)

3 The agents of Chimpler at work to discredit those bold enough to Speak Truth to Power!

Free Cynthia!

Or something.

Posted by: The Colossus at March 31, 2006 07:19 AM (G4rp8)

4 What the heck!?!? This story isn't interesting enough to push the "Boobs in Space" story from the top of the page! What gives?

Posted by: Peevish in Pennsylvania at March 31, 2006 07:24 AM (yl5ie)

5 I don't know.

This sounds like there's a conspiracy to shut her up, keep her from speaking the Truth.


Posted by: lauraw at March 31, 2006 07:26 AM (qKNMG)

6 After Dan White shot and killed the mayor and a SF Supervisor, they installed metal detectors in City Hall. Still, a McKinney type supervisor (I forgot her name) whined that city supervisors should be exempt from going through security because it took too long. Duh. City supervisors are the reason why they installed the metal detectors.

This isn't the first time she whacked somebody, is it?

Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 07:33 AM (uLve2)

7 Cheney slugs those guys on a regular basis. This is clearly racism.

Posted by: scott at March 31, 2006 07:34 AM (wZLWV)

8 From the AP: "Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday labeled it "a mistake, an unfortunate lack of recognition of a member of Congress." She added that the police officer was not at fault."

The POLICE OFFICER was not at fault?? Is Pelosi attempting a defense for Cynthia by insinuating that the officer made "a mistake??"

Posted by: Mrpete at March 31, 2006 07:37 AM (MZPbV)

9 In a related incident, Sheila Jackson Lee and Maxine Waters doubled-teamed a Park Ranger and bitchslapped him to death. Beltway insiders are concerned that a this dangerous game of oneupsmanship may eventually harm someone of importance.

Posted by: Sticky B at March 31, 2006 07:37 AM (MT3Dr)

10 She played the race card in her first statement - I believe it's been changed (web site).

I was all like "whoa, I sure didn't see that coming".

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 31, 2006 07:37 AM (pzen5)

11 From Chris Sullentrop's article in Slate:

... But[McKinney] being the Girl Who Cried Racism means that people will also roll their eyes at the legitimate slights that the first black Congresswoman from Georgia has faced.

In August 1993, during her first term in office, a Capitol Hill police officer tried to prevent her from bypassing a metal detector, as members of Congress are allowed to do.

For years afterward, The Hill reports, the Capitol Police pinned a picture of McKinney to an office wall, warning officers to learn her face because she refuses to wear her member's pin. (And because officers are innately suspicious of a black woman with braided hair and gold shoes.{ed note: Irony})

Five years later, she blasted White House security after guards thought her 23-year-old white aide was the congresswoman.

Obviously, since McKinney cannot be bothered to wear her members pin, the Capitol police are left with no choice but to put up her picture at every stinking entry point to the Capitol.


Posted by: at March 31, 2006 07:41 AM (PcDvW)

12 btw, that was me above ---

the Sullentrop article was written April 19, 2002.

Clearly, somebody needs to ask McKinney why she won't wear the member's pin, Or ask her Chief of Staff why an aide or intern isn't tasked with putting the damn thing on her when she leaves the building.


Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 31, 2006 07:43 AM (PcDvW)

13 Because THE MAN isn't going to tell Cynthia what to do!

Speak truth to power, Cynthia!

Posted by: The Colossus at March 31, 2006 07:47 AM (G4rp8)

14 Or ask her Chief of Staff why an aide or intern isn't tasked with putting the damn thing on her when she leaves the building.

Because they don't want to get hit.

Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 07:49 AM (uLve2)

15 She'll just blame it on the J-E-W-S. She and her father are vile human beings, and I wish Cheney would kick their ass for shits and giggles.

Posted by: Stormy70 at March 31, 2006 07:58 AM (rnJqo)

16 No pin? You can't get in.

Posted by: Tom at March 31, 2006 08:00 AM (U+YqD)

17 Doesn't McKinney realize how bad she'll feel should Tempestt Bledsoe decide one day to braid her hair, put on some gold shoes, pack a couple of Desert Eagles with extra clips, and just breeze past security?

There's a reason for security protocols.

Because one day, Tempestt Bledsoe might just lose her mind.


Posted by: BumperStickerist at March 31, 2006 08:00 AM (PcDvW)

18 Because she's looking for trouble. What else is going to get her in the papers? Surely not her capabilities as a lawmaker

Posted by: at March 31, 2006 08:01 AM (DngOs)

19 The woman is so full of herself that the nickname "Slappy" will bug the shit out of her. From hereonin, she will always be Slappy to me.

Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 08:04 AM (uLve2)

20 Of course, this will probably only make her more popular in her district.

Nice. Because any one who'd vote for her , supports, you know, violence. Does this mean anyone who'd vote for Cunningham is on the take? Or anyone who'd vote for Delay supports money laundering?

That being said, completely inappropriate. She should apologize and take her lumps whatever they might be.

Posted by: Larry the Urbanite at March 31, 2006 08:11 AM (Lpswv)

21 Because any one who'd vote for her , supports, you know, violence.

Supports violence AND anti-semitism. Voters were unaware that Cunningham was a crook. And Delay has not been convicted of anything. And having the judge initially try to handle his case, doesn't give me any confidence in the charges against him.

Posted by: shawn at March 31, 2006 08:19 AM (uLve2)

22 I think congressmen should be forced to go through metal detectors and various security checks like everyone else. That might give them a certain perspective they lack and make them a little more humble. Its not like they are doing anything important 99% of the time anyway, the bums.

Posted by: Canelone at March 31, 2006 08:20 AM (1Vbso)

23 She should apologize and take her lumps whatever they might be.

Heh. Sounds to me like she's more into giving lumps.

Posted by: Slublog at March 31, 2006 08:23 AM (aGpO3)

24 I'm sure this will get pleaded down to a low-grade misdemeanor, just so the prosecutors can avoid all the crap that comes with dealing with McKinney. If she were to be convicted of something more serious though, would she be compelled to resign? Decency and a sense of honor would require her to, but she's got neither. But would she have to resign under Georgia law or house rules?

Posted by: T-Web at March 31, 2006 08:34 AM (57znu)

25 Larry, I used to think that you were a reasonably intelligent but misguided liberal. But that comment is either incredibly stupid, or a deliberate attempt to obfuscate the issue. Yes, that'll make her more popular because all her voters endorse violence. Sure. That's what he meant. Ass.

Posted by: CraigC at March 31, 2006 08:58 AM (r7nqq)

26 At least she didn't use a shovel.

Posted by: Slim Pickens at March 31, 2006 08:59 AM (NMGPj)

27 If she wears no pin, you must aquit!


And, Larry, the truth hurts, but, yeah, the people in her district are probably in the firm "fuck the police!" crowd.

The fact that she's more then willing to slap around the po-po probably just earned her a couple of points in the polls.

Posted by: Xoxotl at March 31, 2006 09:04 AM (Wsi7x)

28 Heh. Sounds to me like she's more into giving lumps.
It is better to give than recieve.

But would she have to resign under Georgia law or house rules?
I believe she would have to resign if convicted of a federal offence, but I’m not sure about that.

Posted by: A. Weasel at March 31, 2006 09:07 AM (12gN8)

29 Can you imagine if Hutchinson said some black guy asked her for her badge and claimed she was being racially discriminated against?

Posted by: Pixelflash at March 31, 2006 09:32 AM (O+1/6)

30 McKinney issued a statement yesterday saying she "deeply regrets" the confrontation with the police officer.

Oh oh - let me finish for her: " ...and apologizes for any inconvenience that may have been caused by this minor misunderstanding and is looking forward to continuing her work on the many big and important initiatives for the emancipation of proud African Americans and Womyn that she is pursuing in an environment of stifled dissent, and looks forward to YOUR vote in November. Thank you."

Posted by: Scott at March 31, 2006 09:38 AM (f8958)

31 Is Wayne Brady going to have to choke a bitch?

Posted by: Wayne Brady at March 31, 2006 09:52 AM (5WEQS)

32 I don't doubt she deeply regrets it happening, it hurts her politically. That's not saying "I'm sorry I did it" though, or apologizing.

Posted by: Canelone at March 31, 2006 09:55 AM (1Vbso)

33 McKinney has been named a 'Howdy Doody Looking Nimrod'.

Posted by: howdydoody at March 31, 2006 10:02 AM (0clpi)

34 CraigC: OK, explain it to me. Why should slapping a policeman make her more popular with the the voters in her district?

Because they don't like the police? Because they want someone to slap a federal officer? Because they don't like checkpoints and would like to slap someone? All bad things. But any of the above might be the reason Ace was thinking of. But, a) what is Ace basing his claim on and b) why paint all of her constituents with this deragotory brush? What purpose does that serve other than to polarize the debate with innuendo?

Posted by: Larry the Urbanite at March 31, 2006 10:07 AM (Lpswv)

35 Uh, excuse me. I am in her district. And I am mortally embarrassed every day of my life.

My brother got one of the automated phone calls that said, basically, if you'd ever voted Republican, it was illegal to vote against Cynthia in the Democratic primary.

Very nice. And highly untrue.

Some of her mass mailings are entertaining. Her "hip-hop conference" inviting both new- and old-school misogynists and felons to have their concerns addressed in Congress was perhaps my favorite.

Still and all, you can see why the people of my district would prefer she spend a lot of time out of state.

Posted by: Victoria at March 31, 2006 10:17 AM (v2tO4)

36 Victoria, I feel your pain. I used to live in this maniac's district too. I got a reelection package in the mail one day from her. I immediately called her staff HQ and said to never send that garbage to me again. Cynthia McKinney should not be allowed to hold a job passing out frozen chicken samples at Sam's Club, let alone holding a position in Congress. Jesus wept.

Posted by: UGAdawg at March 31, 2006 10:45 AM (9DumO)

37 Larry, forget what Ace said for a second. Read her statement about the incident on her site. She sounds completely unapologetic and snide. " I was urgently trying to get to an important meeting on time to fulfill my obligations to my constituents." You're late so it's his fault he's doing HIS JOB. She never says in the print story that she showed her ID but she does on her website. Want to bet she did?

Actually, this was from the article "Merle Black, a professor of politics at Emory University, says that while the scuffle was rare for an elected politician, it's unlikely to cost McKinney more than a few votes. Black says McKinney is in damage control -- cutting her losses by not insisting on right or wrong." SO, Ace was not that far offbase.

Posted by: Pixelflash at March 31, 2006 10:59 AM (O+1/6)

38 McKinney's statement was about as phony as they come. She explained what she did and why she did it THEN expressed regret. A trully regretful person would apologize first, then try to explain what happened. Had her statement said something like:

"I deeply regret the incident with the police officer. I was in a hurry and thought the officer would recognize me. When he did not and detained me, I reacted improperly and I am sorry for that. It is always inapropriate to strike a law enforcement officer. I have discussed the matter with the Capitol Police and we are going to work on a system to prevent this from happening again.

Again, I am deeply sorry."

I would have a lot more sympathy for her. That would be a genuine apology showing remorse. I would bet that the Capitol Police might even accept that and choose to not file charges.

Instead, she had to make it about how important she is and how unimportant the law is.

Posted by: Steve L. at March 31, 2006 11:27 AM (YIFeG)

39 CraigC: OK, explain it to me. Why should slapping a policeman make her more popular with the the voters in her district?

I'm not CraigC, but I'll give it a try.

Because they don't like the police?


Because they want someone to slap a federal officer?


Because they don't like checkpoints and would like to slap someone?


Larry, there's lots of people who like to "stick it to the man" in some fashion, either themselves or, more commonly, by proxy. Lots of people hate the police. Lots of black people hate white people. Lots of people in McKinney's district don't have any problem with her moonbatty anti-semitism and so is it really such a big stretch to think that her slapping an authority figure might just actually endear her to her constituents? I don't think so.

b) why paint all of her constituents with this deragotory brush?

Uh, bnecause they voted for her? Because we don't hear them insisting that she apologize or resign or something like that?

What purpose does that serve other than to polarize the debate with innuendo?

You mean like implying that all conservatives are racists like you did the other day?

Posted by: OregonMuse at March 31, 2006 11:55 AM (gWvet)

40 Shawn's talk of the idiots in SF (is that redundant?) reminded me of the murder last year in New York's City Hall. A city councilman bypassed the metal detector and allowed his guest to do the same. The guest (outwardly normal looking nut job) had a gun. After an argument inside the building the nutjob murdered the councilman and got shot and killed by a cop. Now, no one is exempt from going through the metal detectors.

BTW, Charles Rangel, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton embarass me on quite a frequent basis.

Posted by: jmchez at March 31, 2006 11:57 AM (bYBss)

41 McKinney should go hunting with Cheney.

Posted by: JohnHolliday at March 31, 2006 12:11 PM (FPtHm)

42 If you want everyone to pass through the detectors then don't excuse yourself from passing through them! Why do we always have to put up with " Do as I say not as I do" mentality of so many elected officials. If they want us to act a certain way then they should lead the way as a shining example! I guess that would be too much like good leadership.

Posted by: Andy at March 31, 2006 12:27 PM (WmD2K)

43 Looking at the press conference now. Nothing but black children. Hmmm. A congressperson going thru the checkpoint at the same time said she didn't recognize McKinney and was surprised to see it was her SLAPPING an officer. Hmmm. All the signs at the conference were written by the same person, not the children. Hmmm.

This country had a wake-up call to band together and we hit the snooze button.

Posted by: Pixelflash at March 31, 2006 12:36 PM (O+1/6)

44 JohnHolliday,

Naw, she should go riding with Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: Arizona Mike at March 31, 2006 01:47 PM (R4KUy)

45 She should be censured

Posted by: jimmy at March 31, 2006 01:51 PM (ESis7)

46 I want reparations, for the numerous times I've been robbed,mugged,and assaulted by her brothers. until then I have every right to call her a NIGGER

Posted by: jimmy at March 31, 2006 01:57 PM (ESis7)


Posted by: jimmy at March 31, 2006 01:58 PM (ESis7)

The freeze frame of the press conference at Michelle Malkin's site is Precious!

And begging for a caption contest.

Posted by: TheSev at March 31, 2006 02:29 PM (JkjS2)

49 Sorry folks but not a damn thing is going to happen to Slappy. Do you really thing you would find a jury of her peers in DC who would convict her of anything? And yes Larry, I can testify having lived in Atlanta for the past 13 years, her voters eat this stuff up. If only Denise Magette wasn't so stupid in running for senate in 04 Slappy would never have gotten her seat back.

Posted by: burnitup at March 31, 2006 03:36 PM (yRihC)

50 Jimmy, you're a dumbass.

Posted by: Canelone at March 31, 2006 04:03 PM (1Vbso)

51 Whoever you are, "Jimmy," shut the fuck up. Probly some libtard trying to make us look like racists.

Larry, Larry, Larry. Classic liberal technique of moving the goalposts. Don't try to backtrack. You're the one who made the leap to saying that Ace was saying because her constituents would probably like it, that means he assumes that they all endorse violence.

I don't presume to speak for Ace, but I'm guessing he was talking about the "sassy black woman who don't take no shit and is fightin' the power and takin' it to Da Man" thing.

Posted by: CraigC at March 31, 2006 04:03 PM (la985)

52 I got 20 bucks says "jimmy" will be having drinks on the beach later.

ace, you track the ip and I'll put it in the tip jar.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 31, 2006 04:15 PM (FtmDH)

53 You ever own a "saloon," Jimmy?

Posted by: Sean M. at March 31, 2006 04:17 PM (dc5zY)

54 So she has played the old race card, eh? Funny how they never seem to give up the defense that they are being singled out unfairly. In my opinion, it will be a great travesty of justice if the sleeze ball is not thoroughly slammed by some court. How in the hell do they expect their children to ever develop into confident, productive human beings with a healthy self-concept if people like her continue to "pull or fall back on the race card" thing? Anyway, just ran across the following link that I find interesting. Can't recall where it came from, but interesting. Enjoy!!!

Posted by: The Hobo at March 31, 2006 06:45 PM (j7EuK)

55 Man, you wingnuts are so desperate to nail any Democrat for as scandal, any scandal, that you cream your Brooks Brothers pants over something this minor.

The Capitol cop fucked up, plain and simple. He never should've touched the Congresswoman.

But you make a big deal about this while remaining sullenly silent about real crimes like the bankrupting of our Treasury, an illegal war and criminal negligence both on 9/11 and post-9/11, illegal wiretapping that could victimize you as well as me and a whole host of high crimes and misdeamors too multitudinous to enumerate.

In a way, your enthusiasm over this "scandal" is really kind of cute. It helps keep typing chimps like you and Malkin busy while the big boys take on the serious blogging stories.

Posted by: jurassicpork at March 31, 2006 07:15 PM (wbbGS)

56 Oh, well, since you put it that way, jurassicpink.

Posted by: Bart at March 31, 2006 07:22 PM (0BSmt)

57 Hey jpork,

You forgot to add "zionistwingnuts throw puppies into blenders". If your going to go all hyper-moonbat mode, don't mess around man.

Posted by: Stillers at March 31, 2006 07:53 PM (blNMI)

58 Pork, you are an idiot. As Ron White said, "You can't fix stupid." I guess I'll give it a shot anyway, even though I'm not nearly as good at it as some of the other commentors.
The congresswoman should've worn her ID, and stopped when the cop asked her. Our treasury would be in a lot better shape if we didn't subsidize the poor and the lazy with entitlements, Congress approved the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan (making them quite legal), criminal negligence in the FBI on 9-11 may or may not be proven later, post 9-11 security hasn't been all it could have been, it cannot be illegal for the President to exercise a Constutionally granted power, and I haven't seen any convincing evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors. Go back to Kos.

Posted by: chris at March 31, 2006 07:54 PM (ze3EB)

59 A white police officer can be the victim of racism as much as anyone. The difference here is that the racist that struck him went on the media to rub it in by claiming she (or he, I can't really tell whch from the pictures) (which could have lead to some confusion on the part of the officer) was the victim. The racist here is evident to me and the color is brown, not black. Why did I say brown, because I look at the person, not the race, and the pictures I see are of a person with brown skin color, so if she/it wants to be racist, I say let her, but keep your hands off the real protectors of the people.

Posted by: doctorpepper at April 01, 2006 03:28 AM (wZLWV)

60 God I hate that idiot. A leftwing Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Geek, Esq. at April 01, 2006 06:05 AM (W61WE)

61 The Capitol cop fucked up, plain and simple. He never should've touched the Congresswoman.

So all security personnel at the Capitol should be required to recognize all 535 members of Congress on sight, is that what you're saying? What are you, an idiot?

You know, they do give members of Congress ID badges to wear so incidents like this don't happen. Slappy refuses to wear hers, though. Nice.

Posted by: OregonMuse at April 01, 2006 07:56 AM (we8HZ)

62 Frankly, Slappy should have been the one making the effort to recognize and learn the names of the capital police. But of course, she's just too special to act like a mensch.

Posted by: shawn at April 01, 2006 08:28 AM (uLve2)

63 There are a lot fewer cops working the security at the Capitol building than Capitol Building employees. Hell there's probably 50 times as many representatives than cops that work this shift. You're right, she should have learned their names, or at least to recognize them.

Posted by: Canelone at April 01, 2006 10:16 AM (1Vbso)

64 She is an idiot. I get so pissed when someone gets away with a crime just because they are considered "important". How could anyone with an ounce of sense vote for someone like that to represent them? Just boggles my mind...

Posted by: Shelleydar at April 05, 2006 07:27 AM (IFhPH)

65 I could care less that she is black or that she is female. The fact is, is that she is a Congress Woman and she should be setting a example of how to act. The checkpoints are set up for a reason, and she should know to always have her proper I.D. on her at all times. To take the attention off of herself she plays the race card. How the Hell did she get into Congress?

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Strange how it is taking longer to convict a Representitive who has video of him soliciting a bribe and a couple thou of frozen cash in his freezer, than it is taking to deal with CM.

Honestly, if she had the sense God gave (fill in creature here), she would have unabasedly apoligized to the officer involved, taken responsibility, and made special effort to wear her pin from then on.  But that would require sense.  And taking responsibility.  And effort.  And an apology.

Good thing we have a special institution where people without these critical people skills can be placed away from society, where they can do little damage.  Too bad it is in the House.

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