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Michelle Obama Death Threat by D.C. cop Under Investigation

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Michelle Obama death threat by D.C. cop under investigation

Michelle Obama death threat? A Washington D.C. motorcycle cop said he would shoot the first lady, the Washington Post reported. But some officials say it was a 'joke.'

By Staff, Associated Press / July 13, 2012

Washington

A District of Columbia police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for the White House and other officials has been moved to administrative duty after he allegedly made threatening comments about Michelle Obama, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The officer was overheard making the comments Wednesday as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas, the Post said, citing unidentified police officials who were not authorized to discuss details of the case. The officer allegedly said he would shoot the first lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use, according to the report in the newspaper's online edition.

Asked about the report, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said: "We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments."

Officials familiar with what happen say that it was a bad joke made by someone who should have known better. “Pump the brakes on this one,” a Secret Service official told NBC.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told The Associated Press the agency was aware of the report and would "take appropriate follow-up steps."

Typically in the case of a threat against a member of the first family, the Secret Service interviews participants and witnesses and then makes an assessment on how to proceed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Inappropriate to say the least. I don't have a problem with someone making a joke like that, but that person should not be on the 1st Lady's security detail....

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That part about it being a "bad joke" in the article really stood out to me.

I know there have got to be more details than the ones that were given in this news article, but I just don't see how the details point to his statements being made as a joke. His statements, at the very least, seem to express something that he wishes that he (or someone else) could do.

His statements did not seem like a "threat" but they definitely did not seem like mere jokes. Plus going so far as to show the firearm that he would use to shoot her? I don't know how many people would think that's funny if they are the center of such a "joke".

Also, Homeboy is on administrative leave... Can you imagine what the legal reprecussions would have been for this person had these statements been made about Laura Bush when her husband was the president?

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Watestar what do you think would have happened if this happened to Laura Bush?

As you suggested this "news" story is only part of the story whole story. Of course the story's purpose was not meant to convey relevant information that the public actually needs, but to provide content that "sells". As a result we will probably never know the truth.

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I tend to think that the person would have been arrested.

Bush was cracking down on citizens who expressed dissent with no connections to violence, so I would think that someone who made statements about wanting to murder his wife would be dealt with totally differently than this person is being dealt with and that goes for the person being of any race.

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I actually believe the government is earnest in the desire to protect the first lady as well as the rest of the first Family. I'm not very interested 2nd guessing the details in how they actually accomplish this.

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This makes headlines news in the most recent NY Amsterdam News. The writer, Herb Boyd, asked the same question you do waterstar concerning a similar threat being leveled against Laura Bush.

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