I am not trying to suffocate you guys about this story.  I just think we should be informed of our surroundings.

By Robert “Rob” Redding Jr.
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2006, 4:10 p.m. - A source said an officer, who says Rep. Cynthia McKinney assaulted him, knew who she was, and claims the incident has caused infighting among U.S. Capitol Police.
The source, who is close to the ongoing grand jury investigation of the March 29 scuffle, said Paul McKenna, a third year officer in the U.S . Capitol Police, was given a picture of the congresswoman in training.
“No one believes that a man with a name that similar to hers would not know who she is,” the source told Redding News Review. “He clearly knew who she was and what she looked like but stopped her anyway.”

McKinney faces charges that she assaulted McKenna, who the source says is white, while entering a House office building last month. The Democrat, who has changed her hairstyle from her trademark cornrows, has said she was not wearing proper identification.
She has since apologized for the misunderstanding, which she first hinted may have been racism.
The source - who did not want to be identified in fear that they might lose their job - also said that the incident has resulted in “fighting and heated arguments between white and black officers.”
“This case is tearing the department apart,” the source said. “The blacks say the whites were screwing with her, but the white officers are saying that she should have stopped.”
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman, did not return a call to comment.
The department, which is to protect Congress, has had a history of rifts between its black and white officers dating back to 2001. There is currently a class action complaint still pending.

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