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.There's been no comment from McKinney's office yet, presumably because they can't get in touch with Katharine Armstrong.
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.
Update, 3/31: McKinney explained her conduct by holding a press conference with Danny Glover. No word on whose idea that was, but here's hoping they've been fired. (In the Glover camp, I mean. McKinney's pretty much the mayor of Crazy Town at this point, so a press conference with the star of Angels in the Outfield can't really hurt.)