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04-13-06, 10:35 AM #1
Officer considers taking action against Mckinney
The U.S. Capitol Police officer at the center of his altercation with a Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-4th Ga.) is considering a lawsuit against her.
McKinney is accused of hitting the officer after she bypassed a security checkpoint on Capitol Hill on Mar. 29. The officer did not recognize McKinney, who was not wearing a pin that Members of Congress wear allowing them to bypass security.
The national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chuck Canterbury, said that he had met with the Capitol police officer, and had discussed a suit.
“We’re going to make sure the officer won’t be harassed. We want the officer to be able to talk to experts, who can look at his legal recourses, if he needed to,” Canterbury said.
Canterbury says that he was there to express how proud he and the 23,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police are of the officer and his work.
The FOP is also looking at a later run-in with a news reporter by one of McKinney’s employees.
The employee shoved the reporter as he tried to get a comment from McKinney on the Capitol steps. The employee was caught on camera threatening to put the reporter in jail, claiming to be a policeman.
The FOP says the employee should be prosecuted for impersonating a police officer.
Canterbury says that while he did not tell the officer that he should sue, he did say that the union would stand behind him in the event he did sue.
McKinney’s office says the man is her driver, not a police officer.
A grand jury in Washington is still hearing testimony in the case, at the request of the U.S. Attorney.
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04-13-06, 11:15 AM #2
Good for them!
It's about time a mental whack job got sued by the cops, instead of the other way around.
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04-13-06, 12:11 PM #4
I hope she gets taken to court over the whole situation. If she had been an ordinary citizen, she'd undoubtably be arrested. All of the B.S. she spewed are grounds for a good libel suit for the officer. It's about time that someone takes on one of these political bigshots and shows them that the law applies to everyone. And as far as the Ass Clown that pretended to be a cop, nail his butt too. He's a disgrace to all retired officers, trying to throw his weight around.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
04-13-06, 01:28 PM #5Signal_W Guest
F.O.P. President Urges Capitol Officer To Seek Legal Action
Updated: April 13th, 2006 10:31 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -- The top police union official in the U.S. was in Washington today, urging the police officer who was involved in a run-in with Rep. Cynthia McKinney D-Ga. to take legal action against the congresswoman.
McKinney is accused of striking a Capitol Police officer, after the officer failed to recognize her and stopped her at a security checkpoint.
Channel 2 Action News learned exclusively that the president of the largest police union in the U.S. met with the unidentified officer this morning to talk over possible legal action.
"We're going to make sure the officer won't be harassed. We want the officer to be able talk to experts, who can look at his legal recourses, if he needed to," says Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The F.O.P. has more than 320,000 members.
Union officials are also looking into the run-in between one of the congresswoman's employees and Channel 2 Action News reporter Scott MacFarlane.
They're looking into the background of the man who claimed on-camera to be a police officer.
The union says he should be prosecuted for impersonating a police officer.
Rep. McKinney's office says the man is her driver, not a police officer.
"We rail against people who use police authority when they don't have it," says Canterbury.
"It's dangerous for police officers. It's dangerous for the public. Imitating police is not a good thing," he added.
Rep. McKinney's case remains in the hands of the U.S. attorney in Washington.
A grand jury is hearing testimony.
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