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Police Investigate Molotov Cocktail Attack on Cleaver's Kansas City Office

Cleaver's office in Kansas City was the target of an attack. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Kansas City Police responding early Thursday morning to an alarm at the district office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., found two bottles resembling Molotov cocktails.  

The Kansas City Star reports that an alarm sounded around 2:50 a.m. after a window was broken on the northwest side of the building. On the ground below the window, police found two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottle, and detected an odor similar to lighter fluid.  

"This is the second incident within the last six years," John Jones, Cleaver's chief of staff, said in a statement issued Thursday. Jones said none of the staff was in the building, and the office is awaiting a police report. "We have been in constant contact with the staff, and we thank the Kansas City Police, as well as the Kansas City Bomb and Arson Squad for their quick response and thorough work. All of the Congressman’s offices will be open for regular business."  

The Congressional Black Caucus condemned the attack.  

"This type of abhorrent behavior is the most ineffective means of voicing discontent or disagreement," stated CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio. “I expect a speedy, full, and thorough investigation into this incident by law enforcement, so that those responsible are swiftly apprehended and prosecuted. The person or persons responsible for what happened this morning must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”  

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