Capitol Police State

You don’t get points for tackling Ministers.  And yet… (Pam, Pandagon):

If you had any doubts about the near-police state we are in, take a look at this: Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president of the grassroots political organization Hip Hop Caucus, attempted to attend the Petraeus hearings yesterday, along with many others who had to pass a checkpoint to file into the room.

Rev. Yearwood was not only stopped from entering the room, but he was tackled by six Capitol police officers, which resulted in a trip to the hospital. It was all captured on video.

Why was he treated roughly and barred from attending the hearings?

Yearwood, through Hip Hop Caucus as he was being released from the hospital to be taken to central booking:

“The officers decided I was not going to get in Gen. Petreaus’ hearing when they saw my button, which says ‘I LOVE THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ.’”

If we are going to claim to respect Freedom of Speech, we cannot allow shit like this.

You can hear people yelling “take it easy” and “he’s a minister” and asking him “are you hurt?” in the background when the Capitol police officers push him to the ground.  According to Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, Rev. Yearwood was tackled and detained by SIX cops because he allegedly refused to go to the end of the line of people waiting to enter the hearing room. He was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.

How amazing it must be to be a member of the Capitol Police.  You single out a minister based on his support for the people our government is murdering, send him to the hospital, and charge him with assault.

From the Capitol Police Recruitment Site:

The moment of transformation… when you slip into the uniform… put on the badge… and join our elite ranks, you’ll feel it. This is the moment you truly become a part of the dedication, the pride, and the legacy that makes the United States Capitol Police a force like no other.

What does it take to join this prestigious team? A deep sense of patriotism, unyielding dedication to protecting the public, and a passion for the American way of life are just the beginning. The desire to make a difference in the lives of many will take care of the rest.

The American way of life include exercising our right to protest, our right to dissent.  It means, if nothing else, living a life of liberty.  There is no pride is quashing that.  The officers who tackled that minister and the chain of command responsible for that action share the blame in tarnishing the “prestige” and “the legacy” of the DC Capitol Police.


When you take part in a police state, you stand against everything worth fighting for.  You stand against every ideal America should stand for.


One Response

  1. A button, is that all it takes these days?

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