March 28th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawmaker wearing hoodie removed from House floor

Washington (CNN) – A congressman was removed from the House floor Wednesday after giving a speech about Trayvon Martin while wearing a hoodie.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, told House members, "racial profiling has to stop."

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  1. Sniffit

    "This tragedy became a "political issue" when political members of the Democrat party made it political. "

    And how is it not automatically a political issue when a law politically enacted by politically elected representatives for political purposes winds up getting abused, revealing that it is deeply flawed, such that a shooting of this nature doesn't get investigated properly and the shooter is let free to disappear underground?

    March 28, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Wes

    Unless I am mistaken, I believe a trial is in order. None of us know what truly happened. Lets get all the facts first (not just what is leaked to the media).

    Have a nice day everyone.

    March 28, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Gabby

    Les

    When is wearing a "hoodie" racist? Many people wear them. I am white, middle aged and decidedly not racist yet I wear hooded sweatshirts a lot. The call to ban this rep was way out of line.

    The GOP should apologize to every one that wears hoodies" and the DNC reps should all start wearing them during sessions. Stereotyping of any sort is disingenuous and has no place in governance. The GOP should get itself out of our wardrobes, our bedrooms and our sacred spaces. What a bunch of pathetic losers!
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    Speaking of "wardrobes". Guess you missed the article regarding the Obama camp peddles 2012 Campaign Hoodies. Now that's what you call exploiting a tragedy.

    March 28, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    "This tragedy became a "political issue" when political members of the Democrat party made it political. "

    65 UNARMED people in Florida have been killed because of this law. How can that NOT be political?

    March 28, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Gabby

    Sniffit

    "This tragedy became a "political issue" when political members of the Democrat party made it political. "

    And how is it not automatically a political issue when a law politically enacted by politically elected representatives for political purposes winds up getting abused, revealing that it is deeply flawed, such that a shooting of this nature doesn't get investigated properly and the shooter is let free to disappear underground?
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    The law is a 'state law'. Not a law of the Federal Government and certainly not an issue for a Rep. from Texas or Illinois. Nice to read you're judge and jury because you've already convicted Zimmerman without knowing ALL the facts.

    March 28, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Improperly dressed? What about that unsual attire that Barney Frank wore when his arm was in a sling a few months ago? Did anybody remove him?

    March 28, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Lee

    Here we go with these people calling everyone that own guns crazy. I guess that is better than these same people that always hate God – that always a good one as if God can't take it. Probably 4 out of every 10 friends I have has a conceal to carry license and only one to two consistently carry. I carry back and forth between states where I have property and this deal in Florida will not change it, There have been a lot more cases of protection of the innocent from firearms than trajedies occuring from the overzelous. CCL's are a criime deterent just like the castle law is in Texas.

    March 28, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Gabby

    ThinkAgain

    "This tragedy became a "political issue" when political members of the Democrat party made it political. "

    65 UNARMED people in Florida have been killed because of this law. How can that NOT be political?
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    Where were the politicians when this was occurring? No where to be found. This tragedy in Fla. is being used to benefit many politicians and folks like you took the bait when it was tossed out.

    March 28, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. obama victim

    this is why no one takes democrats seriously

    March 28, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "The law is a 'state law'. Not a law of the Federal Government and certainly not an issue for a Rep. from Texas or Illinois. Nice to read you're judge and jury because you've already convicted Zimmerman without knowing ALL the facts."

    First, just because it is a FL law doesn't mean that our elected leaders all over the country should not take a leadership role in addressing the issues this has raised.

    Second, I haven't convicted Zimmerman of anything. It's very possible he actually was acting in self-defense, but there are facts out there that very much call into substantial question his behavior, his recitation of the facts and his reliance on the "Stand Your Ground" law. NOBODY who shoots someone should walk free until AFTER an thorough investigation. Pointing out the facts that have come to light that show his behavior and judgment was at the very least questionable enoug to justify holding him until a thorough investigation could be completed...that's not convicting him....that's indicting the decisions and judgment of the Sanford police department and district attorney's office.

    The police department and district attorney's offices' glib reliance on this broken law as justification for simply believing Zimmerman and setting him free to hide after almost no real investigation is patently disgusting. It's being used as an excuse to profile people who may be the ones who are the REAL victims in these situations...and a justification for failing to protect the overall public health and welfare from loose cannon neighborhood vigilantes and others with itchy trigger fingers and weak bladders.

    March 28, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. normajean @ verizon ,com

    You say" You've already convicted Zimmerman without knowing all the facts""'/.....We know enough of the facts that the legal structure following ANY shooting has been completely ignored. Even if this had been an "accident.".....the shooter would have been taken into custody ,interrogated and tested for drugs or alcohol , the family of the victim would be found and, made aware as quickl;y as possible and then the situation legally processed from there.!!!!! NONE of this was done...What facts do you need to do the right and legal thing...?????A human being was shot and killed.....start there!!!!
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    March 28, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Name

    Wow this pretty much sums it up in Washington

    March 28, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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