Richmond, VA: Woman In Burka Ejected From Obama VCU Campaign Rally –Photos & Video

May 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Color me intrigued.

All I have for now are these tweets.

Developing…

Update:

(Dayton Daily News) –VCU police reported that a heckler was removed from the arena, taken outside and released. A police dispatcher didn’t know what the woman had yelled.

According to a White House pool report, photographers observed a woman wearing a black burka being escorted out of the gym by Richmond police and other security officials. The woman appeared to be wearing U.S. military pins and was carrying book. She cooperated with police, according to the report.

Stay tuned…

Update 2:

Photo of the Burka clad suspect. Dude! Is that a dude?

H/T Freeper TornadoAlley3  And a special thank you to Freeper Kristinn for linking.

I want to KNOW what he/she/it yelled, immediately, if not sooner. I am sick to death of the news being reported through a filter. The Obama campaign event was crawling with media and not one has the guts to report the full details. Get up off of your knees!

Update 3: The plot thickens…

@KristinnFR shared this second photo via Twitter of the ejectee, shot from another angle. Looks like a man to me.

He/she is not wearing a burka (full body cloak). Only a niqab (face veil) and a hijab (head scarf).

Original source: Photo gallery– Richmond Times Dispatch

Enlarged version. Look at the arms and legs.

Finally! A news report.  Which just so happens to mention moi. Even better, it is reported on CBS 6 WTVR straight out of –Richmond.

CBS6 WTVR

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) Today CBS 6 learned that a woman had to be removed from President Obama’s rally at the Siegel Center yesterday.

We found a picture online at the website Ironic Surrealism.

In it you can see two Richmond Police officers confronting a woman wearing a black burka.

According to VCU Police Chief John Venuti, he/she was not arrested and the Secret Service is investigating.

H/T! @KristinnFR 

Update 4: WTVR has updated with a raw video clip of the police escorting the person out of VCU’s Siegel Center.

VCU journalism professor Vivian Medina-Messner shot the video which captures the woman screaming something as police escort her from the building.

Comment left on the article:

Valerie Clem
I saw this person outside before the rally and inside being carried out. She was wearing a head covering but she was also wearing capri leggings, it struck me as odd. When I saw her being escorted out, she was kicking and screaming and the police eventually had to carry her out.

Update 5:

The UPI reported the news here. Though the short piece does not offer any new information.

The CBS DC report via the AP also lacks any additional info.

Update 6:

CBS 6 reporter Sam Brock spoke with two witnesses, one who shot the video.

Update 7:

WTVR

“See, you can’t really tell what she was saying,” said VCU journalism professor Vivian Medina-Messner, who captured the video.

She saw the situation begin to unfold.

“I was shooting the video of the rally, and then I heard someone scream in the background,” said Medina-Messner. “And she was really, really loud.”

“She seemed really, really upset,” she said. “I have no idea what language she speaks, and I couldn’t understand what she was saying.”

Medina-Messner describes a brief ‘struggle’ with VCU police before the woman is escorted out.

The VCU police department referred us to the Secret Service, the agency now handling the investigation.

Calls to the Secret Service have not been returned.

There was some speculation that the woman removed could have been screaming the word, ‘Allah’, and then ‘Obama,’ but Medina-Messner said that’s not what she heard. [...]

[Video below in update 9 –Ed.]

Update 8: Another photo. In it, the quran is visible.

Update 9: The video has surfaced on YouTube.

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