Sheehan Toss

Welcome to New York Cindy.

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan said Tuesday she was hurt slightly in a scuffle that erupted when police broke up a rally as she was at the microphone.

An organizer was arrested and charged with using a loudspeaker without a permit.

“I was speaking and someone grabbed my backpack and pulled me back pretty roughly,” Sheehan said, describing the scene at Manhattan’s Union Square on Monday. “I was shoved around.”

Sheehan, the grieving mother whose vigil near President Bush’s Texas ranch sparked anti-war protests around the country, said wasn’t roughed up by police, but was jostled when officers broke up the rally and arrested organizer Paul Zulkowitz.

“I think their use of force was pretty excessive for someone that didn’t have a permit,” Sheehan said.

So now what? Cindy is going to add police brutality to her long list of issues to protest against? She’s become a cartoon character.

Congratulations Cindy – with any luck you’ll be parodied on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

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