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McKinney apologizes for scuffle with officer
Grand jury to hear testimony on incident, sources say
Thursday, April 6, 2006; Posted: 2:20 p.m. EDT (18:20 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Cynthia McKinney apologized on the House floor Thursday for a confrontation with a Capitol Police officer last week.
"There should not have been any physical contact in this incident," McKinney said.
"I am sorry that this misunderstanding happened at all, and I regret its escalation and I apologize," she said surrounded by colleagues on the House floor.
She said she would vote for a resolution expressing support for the efforts of Capitol Police. (Watch McKinney express her regret Thursday -- :43)
McKinney's apology came as a District of Columbia grand jury began hearing testimony Thursday related to the confrontation, sources said.
A decision on whether the Georgia congresswoman will be charged could come as early as next week, federal law enforcement sources said.
Senior congressional sources said that two House staff members -- Troy Phillips, an aide to Rep. Sam Farr, D-California, and Lisa Subrize, executive assistant to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Michigan -- have been subpoenaed to testify.
Legal sources familiar with the case said the investigation into the incident is continuing and that is it unclear what impact McKinney's apology will have.
Police say McKinney struck a Capitol Police officer last week when the officer did not recognize her as a member of Congress and tried to stop her from entering a House office building when she did not present identification.
McKinney accuses the officer of "inappropriate touching" and racial profiling in the incident.
James Myart, an attorney representing McKinney, said he wouldn't be surprised if his client were indicted.
"Grand juries do what grand juries do," Myart said. "However, I would think that they would recognize that there simply is not enough evidence here to even bring an indictment."
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has declined to comment because the facts of the case are in dispute, met Wednesday evening to discuss the incident. McKinney was in attendance.
Also Wednesday, McKinney deflected questions about the confrontation, while the Capitol Police chief said the lawmaker should have known better. (Watch McKinney deflect questions -- 10:46)
Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said McKinney didn't stop at an officer's request, then turned around and hit him after he grabbed her when she passed a security checkpoint.
"Any time an officer does not know who the person is coming in the building, I direct them to stop that person. And even if you're stopped, you're not supposed to hit a police officer. It's very simple," he said. "Even the high and the haughty should be able to stop and say, 'I'm a congressman,' and then everybody moves on."
But Myart said that Gainer and other officers went to McKinney's office after the dispute and apologized for the officer's conduct. Myart also questioned why McKinney wasn't arrested on the spot for assaulting an officer, if that is in fact what happened.
Citing potential criminal charges against McKinney, another of her attorneys, Mike Raffauf, said Wednesday his client would not discuss specifics of the case.
McKinney has acknowledged that when she was stopped she was not wearing the lapel pin given to lawmakers. The lawmaker said the identification pin is irrelevant.
"It doesn't have a face or a photo ID on it, and quite frankly it can be duplicated," she said.
McKinney and her attorneys insist that Capitol Police officers should be trained to recognize all 535 members of Congress on sight.
But while Myart has said McKinney was "assaulted" and that her reaction to the officer was appropriate, Gainer argued that McKinney has turned an officer's failure to recognize her into a criminal matter.
Gainer said race was not an issue and that he has seen officers stop and question white, black and Latino members of Congress. He added that officers are given photos of new members of Congress, but with 30,000 employees in the Capitol complex and more than 9 million visitors a year, officers have "to make sure we know who is coming in the building."
Republicans have seized the opportunity to take shots at the legislator. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, called McKinney a "racist" on Fox News Channel and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, downplayed the Georgia lawmaker's allegation of racial profiling.
"This is not about personalities. It's not about somebody's ego. It's not about racial profiling," Hastert said. "It's trying to make this place safer and working with the people that try to make it safer."
Also, two Republican members introduced a resolution Tuesday commending the Capitol Police for their "continued courage and professionalism." (Full story)
McKinney, 51, represents Georgia's 4th Congressional District, a majority-black, Democratic district on the east side of metro Atlanta.
First elected in 1992, she was defeated in a 2002 Democratic primary but made a comeback in 2004, winning her old seat after the candidate who had defeated her two years earlier decided to run for the U.S. Senate.
CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Terry Frieden contributed to this report.
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"I love Patrick very much and am very proud of him," Sen. Kennedy said in a statement Friday. "All of us in the family admire his courage in speaking publicly about very personal issues and fully support his decision to seek treatment. He has taken full responsibility for events that occurred Wednesday evening, and he will continue to cooperate fully in any investigation."
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Bush addresses NAACP
Thursday, July 20, 2006; Posted: 11:24 a.m. EDT (15:24 GMT)
President Bush spoke Wednesday after declining to address the annual NAACP convention for five years.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Thursday urged the Senate to renew a landmark civil rights law passed in the 1960s to stop racist voting practices in the South.
"President Johnson called the right to vote the lifeblood of our democracy. That was true then and it remains true today," Bush said in the first address of his presidency to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention.
Acknowledging his administration's bumpy relations with black voters, Bush said he wants to change the Republican Party's relationship with African-Americans.
"I understand that racism still lingers in America," Bush said. "It's a lot easier to change a law than to change a human heart. And I understand that many African-Americans distrust my political party.
"I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historical ties with the African-American community. For too long, my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party."
Bush, joined by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and his chief political adviser Karl Rove, spoke as the Senate debated a bill to approve a 25-year extension of expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The House has passed the bill, and the Senate was expected to pass it quickly, propelled by a Republican push to increase the party's credibility with minorities.
For five years in a row, Bush has declined invitations to address the NAACP convention. This year, he said yes. He was introduced by NAACP head Bruce Gordon.
"Bruce was a polite guy," Bush said. "I thought what he was going to say, `It's about time you showed up.' And I'm glad I did."
Bush said he saw his attendance at the convention as a moment of opportunity to celebrate the civil rights movement and the accomplishments of the NAACP.
"I come from a family committed to civil rights," Bush said. "My faith tells me that we are all children of God -- equally loved, equally cherished, equally entitled to the rights He grants us all.
"For nearly 200 years, our nation failed the test of extending the blessings of liberty to African-Americans. Slavery was legal for nearly 100 years, and discrimination legal in many places for nearly 100 years more."
The White House denied claims that Bush's appearance was a way of atoning for the government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and some black elected officials alleged that indifference to black suffering and racial injustice was to blame for the sluggish reaction to the disaster.
Bush, noting that he has met several times with Gordon, and that they have discussed Katrina. "We've got a plan and we've got a commitment," Bush said. "It's commitment to the people of the Gulf Coast of the United States to see to it that their lives are brighter and better than before the storm."
Bush also recalled his visit in June to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. While in Memphis, the two made an unscheduled stop at the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Bush and Koizumi emerged from a tour to stand on the spot on the motel balcony where King was slain.
They were joined by former NAACP head Benjamin Hooks.
"It's a powerful reminder of hardships this nation has been through in a struggle for decency," Bush said. "I was honored that Dr. Hooks took time to visit with me. He talked about the hardships of the movement. With the gentle wisdom that comes from experience, he made it clear we must work as one. And that's why I have come today."
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Kofi Annan of Ghana is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first Secretary-General to be elected from the ranks of United Nations staff, he began his first term on 1 January 1997. On 29 June 2001, acting on a recommendation by the Security Council, the General Assembly appointed him by acclamation to a second term of office, beginning on 1 January 2002 and ending on 31 December 2006.
priorities as Secretary-General have been to revitalize the United Nations
through a comprehensive programme of reform; to strengthen the Organization's
traditional work in the areas of development and the maintenance of
international peace and security; to encourage and advocate human rights, the
rule of law and the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity
found in the United Nations Charter; and to restore public confidence in the
Organization by reaching out to new partners and, in his words, by "bringing
the United Nations closer to the people".
Annan has also sought to improve the status of women in the Secretariat and to
build closer partnerships with civil society, the private sector and other
non-State actors whose strengths complement those of the United Nations; in
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Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. is in his second term as DeKalb County Commissioner, representing District 5, which includes south and east DeKalb County. He is immediate past chairman of the Board of Commissioners’ Budget Committee and is a former member of the DeKalb County Community Service Board. He led the DeKalb Board of Commissioners/Board of Education Legislative Liaison Committee, where he was a staunch proponent for quality public education for DeKalb school children.
Hank has practiced law in Decatur for 25 years and is a partner with Johnson & Johnson Law Group LLC. His career focuses on criminal and civil litigation. For 10 years he was an Associate Judge of the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County. As Associate Judge, Hank presided over civil and criminal jury trials.
As a criminal defense attorney, Hank won acquittals or “hung juries” in numerous cases. One of his most rewarding accomplishments came in the DeKalb murder case of State vs. Jones, where Hank won the freedom of a wrongfully accused client who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Hank also served as legal counsel on important civil cases, including a wrongful death action resulting in a $1.85 million verdict against the negligent parties.
The Georgia Supreme Court appointed Hank to serve as a Special Master to conduct grievance proceedings instituted against Georgia lawyers accused of ethics violations. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Georgia Lawyers Foundation. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the DeKalb County Law Library. He is the co-founder and past president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association.
He volunteers with several community groups, including the board of directors for Antioch Urban Ministries Inc. and the Southwest DeKalb High School Mock Trial Team.
A graduate of Clark College (Clark Atlanta University) and Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Johnson is married to Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson and has two children, Randi and Alex, who attend DeKalb County Public Schools.
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