Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Either you believe in equality or you don't

If you do, then you must agree -- based on the preliminary evidence -- that criminal charges should be brought against Georgia congresswoman Star Jones McKinney. According to tomorrow's AJC, the official police report on McKinney's clash with a Capitol Hill police officer says the legislator struck the officer "in his chest with (a) closed fist."

I'm not sure what the punishment is for such a crime, but I know if I had done it I wouldn't have gotten away with just a lame pseudo-apology in front of a bunch of empathetic colleagues. This isn't about black and white, or male and female -- it's about the powerful abusing their privilege.

Certainly McKinney's ideological supporters don't believe a congresswoman should get preferential treatment.

The decision as to whether McKinney will be charged remains in the hands of a grand jury in Washington.

U.S. Attorney Ken Wainstein turned the matter over to the grand jury two weeks ago. Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he met last week with McKenna and asked him to consider filing a lawsuit against McKinney. Canterbury also called on McKinney to apologize directly to McKenna.

Which she hasn't. Maybe she'll discover true recalcitrance before a judge.

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