Capitol Hill Police and the Fraternal Order of Police have demonstrated a double standard when it comes to how they treat Congresspeople who show them disrespect.
See, Rep. Chris Shays — one of those chickenshit Republicans who has taken a stand against the Iraq occupation (it’s NOT a war!), but who won’t vote against Bush in any way, was involved in an altercation with a Capitol Police on Thursday. This is according to CNN.com – CNN Political Ticker Congressman clashes with police «.
Republican Rep. Christopher Shays apologized Friday for a loud and angry altercation he had a day earlier with a Capitol Police officer, saying he behaved “in a way I know was not appropriate.”
Shays spokesman John Cardarelli said the incident took place at the West Front entrance to the Capitol during a rainstorm when the congressman was trying to locate a group of his Connecticut constituents who were coming for a Capitol tour.
An intern had gotten lost with the group and had difficulty describing where they were to Shays, who asked to speak to the police officer. The officer refused, saying it was against policy to accept phone calls while on duty.
Shays eventually found the group and went to them, but the police officer refused to allow them to enter the building through the West Front entrance, which is off-limits to tourists. Shays, Cardarelli said, grabbed the officer’s lapel “to look at his name badge” and shouted at him.
“I know Chris swore, and he probably did use the f-bomb,” Cardarelli told
Okay. So we have a physical altercation between a Congressman and a police officer. He apologized the next day, saying he regretted doing it. Does this remind you of anyone?
From: Report: McKinney Punches Cop:
According to sources on Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative Cynthia
McKinney (D-GA) punched a Capitol police officer on Wednesday afternoon
after he mistakenly pursued her for failing to pass through a metal
Members of Congress are not required to pass through metal detectors.
say that the officer was at a position in the Longworth House Office
Building, and neither recognized McKinney, nor saw her credentials as
she went around the metal detector.
The officer called out,
“Ma’am, Ma’am,” and walked after her in an attempt to stop her. When he
caught McKinney, he grabbed her by the arm.
Witnesses say McKinney pulled her arm away, and with her cell phone in hand, punched the officer in the chest.
Cynthia McKinney was then lambasted throughout the entire news media for weeks over this. She was called a whore and a tramp and all manner of other things by the scum over at Fox Noise, and all over the radio talk shows.
Now, some of the attention was caused by McKinney herself, as she suggested the officer was racist. The police, however, also made a big deal out of it, threatening to sue her.
Now, let’s go back to the first article, about white Republican Rep. Shays once again, shall we?
Earlier Lou Cannon, head of Washington’s chapter of the Fraternal
Order of Police, also said the incident had been blown out of
“Everyone’s trying to make this sound like another Cynthia McKinney
situation, but it’s no where close to that,” Cannon said. “Words were
exchanged, but there was no striking, no hitting, no grabbing. There
was no touching.”
In the Shays incident, HE grabbed the officer, after the officer didn’t let the might Congressman have his way. You know how Republicans are; they think they’re the shit, and everyone else works for them. But SHAYS made the first move, and grabbed the officer FIRST.
Compare that to the McKinney incident. The OFFICER grabbed HER first. Now, imagine you’re a woman, in Congress, and someone grabs your arm from behind. Your first instinct is probably not going to be much different than hers. She was entitled to be there, just as Shays felt he was entitled to be there. Get it?
So, here’s the question for the FOP. Where do you derive your double standard?
Is the dividing line Democrat or Republican?
Is it male or female?
Is it black or white?
It must be something. McKinney was in the wrong, and Shays was in the wrong. Why the disparate treatment?
And to the news media; where is this story? Why was McKinney all over the media, while Shays barely got a mention, until he apologized the next day?