Cindy Sheehan: Capitol Police Apology is "Crock
of Horse Manure"
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by Cindy Sheehan
I just saw the below "apology" on MichaelMoore.com...thanks
This is the biggest crock of horse manure ever.
Everyone is saying
how "wonderful" it is that they apologized
Look at a few things they said: My "initial" conduct
wasn't enough to warrant me getting arrested.
None of my conduct was.
I didn't yell at the officer, or call anyone an "idiot" like
Mrs. Young did.
Secondly, it states the Mrs. Young wasn't arrested because she didn't "return
to the gallery."
Why did they arrest me? They didn't even give
me the opportunity to leave the gallery.
They had fours hours to figure out that I didn't do anything wrong.
The Capitol police tried the tactic of smearing me and lying about
me when I was in jail to the media. I guess they didn't count on
the Reuter's reporter who was sitting right next to me.
They also started lying about me when I was in jail, I heard a female
officer say "She took off her jacket and threw it." And
Mike Weight, who arrested me, said I "stood up and started yelling
The Capitol police could not support their lies, that's why they
That's the only reason.
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The United States Capitol Police will request that the U.S. Attorney's
Office not pursue the charge against Cindy Lee Sheehan who was
arrested Tuesday Night before the President's State of the Union
Mrs. Sheehan was charged Tuesday night with Unlawful Conduct after
she displayed a T-shirt with an anti-war message while in the House
Gallery. Subsequently she was arrested and transported to USCP Headquarters
As the Department reviewed the incident, it was determined that while
officers acted in a manner consistent with the rules of decorum enforced
by the Department in the House Gallery for years, neither Mrs. Sheehan's
manner of dress or initial conduct warranted law enforcement intervention.
The USCP also asked Mrs. Beverly Young, to leave the gallery because
of a T-shirt she was wearing. Mrs. Young did not return to the Gallery
so there was no need for further police action. Neither guest should
have been confronted about the expressive T-shirts.
"The officers made a good faith, but mistaken effort to enforce
an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating
in the Capitol. The policy and procedures were too vague," said
Chief Terrance W. Gainer. "The failure to adequately prepare
the officers is mine."
Chief Gainer met with Chairman Young and his wife to both apologize
and share the Department's plans for avoiding this in the future. A
similar message has been left with Mrs. Sheehan.
The Department will work with the House Sergeant at Arms to clarify
the rules of the House, and ensure that officers clearly understand
If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this release please
contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office
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Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
United States Capitol Police
Public Information Officer
Link to Capital Police release
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Also read: "What
Really Happened at the State of the Union," February 1, 2006
Cindy Sheehan is the founder the Camp
Casey Peace Foundation,
a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace www.gsfp.org and
the author of Not
One More Mothers Child available from
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