Woman Arrested At DC Checkpoint After Impersonating Law Enforcement


When is a thing not a thing? Well, for one, when Donald Trump says it is so. Another reason is when Dire Wolves are not really wolves.  Dire Wolves are not bigger versions of how we think of wolves today. The reason there is a strong resemblance between them, though, is what they call “convergent evolution.” That is where different species develop “similar adaptations — or even appearances — thanks to a similar way of life.” There is a third reason.

That third reason is when traditional Democrats, Independents, and most Republicans or former Republicans try to relate to Trump’s followers. The two groups generally appear the same, but they are very, very different. Trumpsters believe everything 45 tells them, and they have been trying to take down the US government at Trump’s behest.

Officials at an inauguration checkpoint Saturday arrested one of those women for impersonating a law enforcement officer after she attempted to breach the Capitol Hill security then led them on a chase.

Police caught up with Linda Magovern, 63, near Union Station and arrested her. At the checkpoint, she said she was a policed officer and “a part of the presidential cabinet.” According to the Washington DC police report, “she showed them presented a military police challenge coin,” according to the Washington DC NBC affiliate.

The 63-year-old woman approached the inauguration perimeter set up a Columbus Circle and First Street NE around 8:45 am in a vehicle, according to police. At that time:

‘[She was] displaying a round metallic object later identified as a Military Police Challenge Coin.’

These medallions represent achievement by law enforcement and members of the military. Perhaps, she erred when she claimed to be both a police officer and a member of the cabinet.

One of the officers had the woman put her vehicle in park, then turn it off. Then, an officer asked for her license, which should have been an anticipated move. At that point, she began moving forward in spite of the police repeatedly ordering her to halt.

The seven-foot-high fence around the Washington DC complex is topped with barbed wire and razor wire. The National Guard numbers are expected to swell to 25,000 troops on Inauguration Day, January 20. Streets around the complex have been shut off for blocks with concrete barriers and heavy snow-removal city trucks.

Magovern drove north on Columbus Circle until she was stopped near Union Station. She was the second person arrested trying to slip through the Inauguration checkpoint:

‘Magovern was arrested and charged with impersonation of a law enforcement officer, failure to obey and fleeing a law enforcement officer. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney. She was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.’

An earlier story by The DC NBC affiliate described another attempted inauguration checkpoint breach:

‘A Virginia man was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint on Friday after he showed police a “non-government issued” inauguration credential and officers found a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck. He said he got lost and forgot he had the gun with him.’

The National Mall and four bridges between Virginia and Washington DC will also be closed for the inauguration.

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