NBC News has learned that U.S. Capitol Police will ask the U.S. Attorney to "no paper" -- essentially drop -- the charges against Cindy Sheehan that resulted from the T-shirt she wore to the SOTU.
"We screwed up," says a top USCP official.
The official says that Beverly Young, the wife of Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., who was asked to leave the gallery when she wore a sweater in support of U.S. troops, should have never been approached.
Basically, there is no rule or law that they violated. The USCP officers on the scene just assumed that there was a violation and operated on the belief that people could not make statements of any kind, whether written, oral, political, commercial, or otherwise.
Editor's note: NBC's Pete Williams will have the latest on this breaking story tonight on the broadcast.