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D.C. Cop Accused of Threatening Michelle Obama

July 13, 2012  | 

A 17-year veteran of the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department assigned to a unit that provides a motor escort for the White House and other dignitaries has been accused of threatening Michelle Obama.

Chief Cathy Lanier said the officer is accused of making a threat about the first lady—a comment overheard by another officer and then reported to a superior. The department's internal affairs division and the U.S. Secret Service are investigating the remarks and taking statements from officers who heard them.

The Washington Post cited anonymous police officials in reporting that the officer told colleagues he would shoot the first lady and then showed a photo on his phone of a gun he would use. Lanier said she couldn't say for sure exactly what the officer may have said.

Read the full Washington Post story.

Tags: Metro (D.C.) PD, Executive Protection, Barack Obama


Comments (5)

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jeff @ 7/13/2012 7:21 PM

I'm glad that someone spoke up and took this threat seriously. We don't need another Fort Hood like massacre at the white house. If something like this did happen it would be a low point in American history. God bless you Michelle, I like french fries too.

Cat @ 7/15/2012 7:49 AM

Could be worse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/animal-cruelty-conviction-for-va-officer-in-cats-death/2012/03/09/gIQABVD20R_blog.html

Bob@Az. @ 7/17/2012 12:46 PM

"couldn't say for sure exactly what the Officer may have said"? Maybe it was taken out of context? Sure don't sound like the chief is on top of things. But, what the hell, hang him first & then investigate. I wonder how much was "overheard" and how much was guessed at.

red @ 7/17/2012 6:21 PM

Sounds like he was joking to me. If he was going to kill her, I doubt that he would be telling other officers about that! Bad joke!

easy610 @ 8/6/2012 6:04 AM

I bet you it was one of those stupid smartphone apps that my kid has that shows a firearm and if you touch the screen it makes a sound effect like a gunshot...

Regardless it is a TERRIBLE idea to joke about the President and/or first lady, regardless of your personal feelings, in any threatening manner.

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