Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Secret Service investigating after woman in burqa escorted out of Obama rally for 'causing a disturbance'

The Secret Service is investigating after a woman wearing a black burqa was removed from President Obama's inaugural re-election campaign rally at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday.

According to a White House pool report, photographers observed the woman being escorted out of the school's Siegel Center gymnasium by Richmond police and other security officials during a packed-house rally of 8,000 people.

VCU police reported that the woman was heckling from the audience and was taken outside and released. A police dispatcher did not know what the woman had yelled.

Video of the incident shot by VCU journalism professor Vivian Medina-Messner and obtained by CBS 6 WTVR shows the woman shouting into the crowd as she is escorted out.

The woman, who has not been named, appeared to be wearing U.S. military pins and was carrying book. She cooperated with police, according to the report. Read More