US congressman to apologize to Capitol policeman

July 21, 2007 01:44

A Republican member of Congress said Friday he will apologize to a Capitol Police officer for his behavior after he became frustrated while trying to help a family of constituents gain access to the Capitol. The family had been trying to enter the Capitol's West Front Thursday during a rainstorm but was prevented by the officer. Rep. Christopher Shays arrived, had angry words for the officer and reached up to read the officer's name tag, said Shays spokesman John Cardarelli. "Although my focus was in trying to locate my constituents and get them to a dry location, I know I clearly could have handled the situation with the officer in a more professional and respectful way, and I regret I did not do so," Shays said in a statement.

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