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"Whatever Mr. Rush's point was in creating this unnecessary spectacle, it was lost on everyone in the chamber," said Warren Trefusstor, a commanding officer with Capitol security forces. "I honestly have no idea what he was trying to do apart from scaring the bejeezus out of us."
Trefusstor noted that the similarities between Travyon Martin and Bobby Rush were uncomfortably striking. Both were acting suspicious prior to hiding their faces in hoodies. Both had entered fairly homogeneous environments where their appearances made them stand out. In Sanford, Fla., African Americans make up about 25 percent of the population, with Caucasians dominating over 60 percent. The difference is more glaring in the House of Representatives, with only 9.4 percent of the population being African American. And like Martin, Rush was unarmed -- a perfect storm of similarities that could have led to disaster, as security forces were already preparing for a "Stand Your Ground" type confrontation.
Other security members called Rush's actions irresponsible. Because of their training, they said, officers stood poised to unholster their weapons and discharge them if necessary.
"When Mr. Rush replicated the Martin-Zimmerman scenario, all he accomplished was making a bunch of people frightened about whether they'd get home alive, or ever see their loved ones again," Trefusstor added. "An unarmed guy with a hoodie is a recipe for trouble. What else can a reasonable person presume? I'll tell you, though, if Mr. Rush had pulled a bag of candy from his pocket...well, the Democrats may have had a vacant seat to worry about filling."
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