Monday, October 01, 2007

You Decide

Say: Observe equity in your judgment, ye men of understanding heart! He that is unjust in his judgment is destitute of the characteristics that distinguish man's station.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 204)

I just watched some video of the President of the Hip-Hip Caucus being arrested by Capitol Police while trying to enter a hearing about the Iraq War. I'm not sure what I think yet nor how I would have handled the situation if it had been me in his place. It was difficult to watch though on many levels. I haven't tried to link to video on this blog yet, so hopefully it will work. I'll let you watch and decide for yourself what you think.

Here is a bit of a press release regarding charges against this minister being dropped that include a link to the video:

Charges Dismissed Against African-American Minister Targeted and Tackled by Capitol Police

WASHINGTON - October 1 – Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus and peace activist, announced today that the D.C. Superior Court dismissed charges against him of assaulting a Capitol Police officer while in line to attend a hearing in the House of Representatives. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) represents Rev. Yearwood in his case.

On September 10th, Rev. Yearwood waited in the line for several hours in order to watch General David Petraeus testify before Congress. Minutes before the start of the hearing, Rev. Yearwood was told by Capitol Police that he would not be allowed to enter. When Rev. Yearwood questioned why he was being excluded from the open hearing, he was surrounded by officers and tackled to the ground. He suffered torn ligaments and a sprained ankle.

Rev. Yearwood received letters of support from organizations including Amnesty International and the Black Leadership Forum. Americans across the country contacted the Capitol Police Department and members of Congress about the extreme and unjust charges.

The entire incident was caught on film and is available here: