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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cynthia McKinney and the Police

Representative Cynthia McKinney is being investigated by a grand jury for shoving or hitting a Capitol Police Officer who, claiming not to recognize her, physically prevented her from going around a metal detector.  Of course, she should not have done that.  But I was struck by the similarity of that case to a Newsweek My Turn column written by an African American female MD, who is continually suspected by patients of not being a real doctor.  Remember when the police allegedly got rough with African American astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison?  Has anyone heard of a Capitol Police Officer physically stopping a white male who went around the metal detector who turned out to be a Member of Congress? [Jack Chin]

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