McKinney’s New Cause: Police Brutality
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who gained national renown as the African American woman who hit a white Capitol Hill cop, has found a new cause: Leading “a crusade against police brutality in the African American Community.”
No one can dispute that the cause is a serious one. The 5-day national protest, dubbed “Cease Fire: Stop Police Brutality,” begins Nov. 21, the anniversary of last year’s killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnson by Atlanta police. But we just can’t resist the twist of an accused cop-hitter leading the charge against cops hitting.
The officer involved in the altercation in April 2006 tried to stop McKinney, a Dekalb Democrat, from going around a security checkpoint because he did not recognize her as a member of Congress. McKinney said he did it because she is “a female black congresswoman.”
The uproar was immediate within the Capitol and around the country and while a grand jury decided not to indict McKinney for hitting a police officer, the incident cost her her congressional seat for a second time in 2006.
McKinney is now a Green Party candidate for president.
"No one can dispute that the cause is a serious one." WHY can't I dispute that the cause is a serious one? I see much more black-on-black crime--and serious acting-out from black people like McKinney herself--than I ever have true white-cop on black-blameless-perp.
Before the Atlanta J-C can so blithely make a claim like that myth which has infested our society and is thus taken as a given, it needs to back it up with objective statistics. (And while we're getting those stats, let's all remember cops are Hispanic, Asian, AND black, too.)