March 29, 2006

Capitol police probe if lawmaker hit officer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Capitol police said they were
investigating reports that Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney hit
a police officer after an incident at a metal detector in the
House building on Wednesday.

Capitol police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider
confirmed they were investigating the incident but declined to
discuss details.

The Hill newspaper's Web site and Atlanta television said
the Georgia congresswoman hit an officer who asked for her
identification when she stepped round a metal detector.

Members of Congress are allowed to walk past the detectors,
set up for staff and members of the public. But it was unclear
whether McKinney was wearing a congressional identification pin
or whether the officer had been able to see it.

An aide in McKinney's office declined immediate comment.