Woman killed who threatened King

Dec 26, 2011 Issues: Domestic Radicalization / Radicalization Hearings

Politico -- by Tim Mak

The Georgia woman who sent Rep. Peter King a pig’s foot in anger over his controversial hearings on American Muslims has been shot to death by police, according to a report - and the New York Republican says “hysterical coverage” of the hearings by the media may have been what set her off.

Cobb County Police said Jameela Barnette was armed when she was shot to death on Christmas Day, reports the New York Daily News.

The woman, who lives in Marietta, Ga., opened the door to officers after activating a panic alarm at her apartment and she then assaulted an officer with a knife. She was also wielding a handgun at the time, according to the Police Department.

“I feel sad for the woman, she was obviously deranged and had serious mental issues,” King told POLITICO Monday.

“It shows that she was capable of violence, that with much of the hysterical coverage of the hearings, the danger is setting off dangerous people like this woman,” he added. “I doubt she was watching [the hearings] on C-SPAN. She was reacting to the media and its terrible exaggerations, which can set off people who have mental issues.”

Earlier this year, Barnette, who is Muslim, had mailed a pig’s foot and an anti-Semitic message to King’s office out of disdain for the lawmaker’s hearings on whether American Muslims were being radicalized.

“She was reading what she had in the media. Regardless of what religion she had been, I believe she would have reacted to negative coverage like this,” he said. “This has nothing to with the fact that she was Muslim. There’s nothing she did that had anything to do with the Muslim religion.”

Barnette had been charged with a federal offense last month for sending New York State Sen. Greg Ball a vial of perfume and a doll of the monkey “Curious George” wearing two Stars of David, with a note that said, “FINAL DESTINATION: AUSCHWITZ.

Barnette told The Journal News in Westchester that she sent the monkey because “I knew the Jews were behind the [congressional] hearings. A monkey is a representation of who the Jews are.”

The “Curious George” series of children’s books were written by Holocaust survivors.