Breaking News: Cynthia McKinney Slaps Cop On Capitol Hill

According to a source on the Hill, Cynthia McKinney was entering the building – a cop asked her to wait b/c he was screening people and she smacked him.

Details to follow.

PS: I’m only posting this because I’d like to beat Drudge to a story for once =D

*** Update #1 ***: I called Cynthia McKinney’s office, but they refused, for the moment, to confirm or deny the story.

However, the National Journal now has the details:

Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) punched a U.S. Capitol Police officer today after he mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a metal detector.

Members are not required to pass through metal detectors and the officer, manning a position at Longworth House Office Building, apparently did not recognize McKinney and didn’t see her Member pin.

The officer called out “Ma’am, Ma’am,” in an attempt to stop her.

When the officer caught up to McKinney, he grabbed her by the arm.

McKinney pulled her arm away, swung around, cell phone in hand, and punched the officer square in the chest, according to the witness.”

Sounds like a clear cut case of assault. Wonder if Cynthia will 1) give a heartfelt apology, 2) give a cheap non-apology apology, 3) blame the cop for “making her” hit him, or 4) play the race card?

Given that Cynthia is a particularly kooky Democrat who loves to blame racism for everything, I’m going to guess 2 and 3, with 4 possible if this gets a lot of attention. But, perhaps she’ll pleasantly surprise everyone with a 1. We’ll see.

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