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Cynthia McKinney Offers Non-Apology “Apology”

Just as the Grand Jury is assembling in DC.

From the DNC's Associated Press:

McKinney Apologizes for Incident With Cop

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., expressed "sincere regret" Thursday for her altercation with a Capitol police officer, and offered an apology to the House.

"There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney said in brief remarks on the House floor. "I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all and I regret its escalation and I apologize."

McKinney's comments came after the case had been referred to a federal grand jury for possible prosecution.

She had previously insisted she had done nothing wrong, and accused police of "racial profiling." She is African-American and the police officer is white.

McKinney, 51, has a history of confrontations with officers.

In this case, she entered a House office building without passing through the metal detector that screens visitors. Members of Congress are permitted to bypass the machines, but she was not wearing the pin that identified her as a House member at the time.

The officer, whose name has not been made public, has said he asked McKinney three times to stop. She did not.

Terrance Gainer, outgoing chief of the Capitol police force, has said that the officer placed a hand on her and she responded by hitting him.

The incident has embarrassed Democrats, including fellow members of the
Congressional Black Caucus, none of whom have publicly defended her behavior in the March 29 incident.

It was not clear which, if any, of her colleagues had urged McKinney to make the statement she did.

Republicans initially responded by advancing legislation to commend the Capitol police for their professionalism. Several GOP lawmakers sported pins expressing their support for the police.

I don't believe the AP saw the same "apology" I did.

In the one I saw, McKinney did not apologize for striking the policeman. She said she regretted that "physical contact" (him touching her) happened and that it escalated.

That is not the same as apologizing for striking him by any means.

How hard would it have been for her to actually apologize in plain English?

By the way, you will notice that in her most recent appearances Ms. McKinney has finally deigned to start wearing her ID pin:

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 6th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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