Beverly Young and Cindy Sheehan get an apology
From the Capitol Police for their being removed from the SOTU address. My opinion from yesteday hasn't changed. Both Sheehan and Young had a right to do as they wished.
I like Beverly Young and the St Pete Times has given access to a feature story on her last December. Go and read it, she is an absolute hoot. I wished she would run for the Senate against Bill Nelson. That won't happen but God bless her.
Outside the Beltway is also commenting. I disagree with James Joyner when he said I blogged about Beverly Young's antics in the past. There is nothing about her kindness and generosity towards our wounded troops that qualifies as an antic.
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WASHINGTON - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and the wife of a powerful GOP lawmaker are free women, with apologies from the Capitol Police chief for ejecting them from President Bush's State of the Union address because they wore T-shirts with war messages.
"The officers made a good faith but mistaken effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol," Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement late Wednesday.
"The policy and procedures were too vague," he added. "The failure to adequately prepare the officers is mine."
The extraordinary statement came a day after police removed Sheehan and Beverly Young, wife of Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., from the visitors gallery Tuesday night. Sheehan was taken away in handcuffs before Bush's arrival at the Capitol and charged with a misdemeanor, while Young left the gallery and therefore was not arrested, Gainer said.
"Neither guest should have been confronted about the expressive T-shirts," Gainer's statement said.