Congressman removed from House for wearing hoodie

By WEEK Reporter

Congressman removed from House for wearing hoodie

March 28, 2012 Updated Mar 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Bobby Rush (D - IL) was escorted off the House floor on Wednesday for wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Rush was wearing the hoodie as a symbolic gesture about the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Florida. 

During his statement, Rush removed his suit jacket and pulled the hood of the sweatshirt over his head.  

"Racial profiling has to stop Mr. Speaker," Rush said.  "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum." 

Speaker Pro Tempore Gregg Harper (R - MS) told Rush that he was in violation of clause five, rule 17, which prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber while the House is in session.

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