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Molotov Cocktails Thrown Through Window of Black Missouri Congressman’s Office

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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Police reported this morning that two Molotov cocktails were thrown through the window of Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s Kansas City office at approximately 2:50 a.m. From the Kansas City Star:

Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building.

On the ground below the window were two broken liquor bottles — one rum and one Jagermeister — with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottles, police said.

They resembled Molotov cocktails and the paper towels appeared to have been ignited but extinguished during flight, police said.

The only damage was the broken window. There was no fire damage to the building.

No one was in the office and no one was hurt. Cleaver’s chief of staff told the paper that a similar incident had occurred six years ago.

Cleaver, Kansas City’s first black mayor, has been in Congress since 2005. He was highly critical of Missouri authorities’ response to the protests that followed the death of Michael Brown. “Ferguson resembles Fallujah more than it does Ferguson,” said Cleaver on MSNBC. “Having military style weaponry moving down the main street of a middle-American town is as un-American as a coup d’état rather than an election.”