Illinois rep tossed from House floor

Representative Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, was asked to leave after he protested the Trayvon Martin killing on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch member Greg Zimmerman on a Florida street.  Police said Martin was not armed at the time of the shooting.  Police said some witnesses reported they saw Martin beat Zimmerman prior to the shooting.

The Hill reports Rush removed his suit jacket to reveal a hooded sweatshirt while on the floor of the House Wednesday morning, March 28, 2012.  He them put the hood up on his head and put on sunglasses.

Rush reportedly went on to state quotes from the Bible.

When Rush did not yield to House Presiding Officer Gregg Harper of Mississippi, Harper had the Sergeant at Arms to remove Rush from the House floor.

Harper said clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits wearing hats in the chamber when the House is in session and that the hood qualified under that rule.

“Racial profiling has to stop.  Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,” Rush reportedly said.

Rush represents the First District of Illinois.



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