Yikes. A Washington, DC cop who'd previously served in a motorcade security detail for the President was overheard threatening to off First Lady Michelle Obama, reports the New York Daily News.
The unidentified motorcycle cop was chatting with members of an elite DC police unit when he allegedly brandished a picture of a gun on his cell phone and said he'd use it to shoot Mrs. Obama. One of the officers in attendance notified authorities.
"We are aware of the incident," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, "and we're taking appropriate follow-up steps." The threat is not considered an immediate danger to the First Lady.
In the meantime, the cop in question has been taken off the streets - and assigned desk duty.
Via the New York Daily News.
Absolutely. Had an ordinary citizen done the same thing, he or she would have been treated much more harshly. I am tired of law enforcement officials being given special treatment when they break the law.
Gotta wonder how serious he was: or was it just an off the cuff political comment spoken when he was having a bad day. Honestly, the first lady is much more popular than her husband. You really have to watch what you say, even thinking out loud.
It wouldn't be the first time an "overheard" comment was taken out of context and blown out of proportion. I'm not dismissing it, but I'm not passing judgement either. I'd need more information, but chances are we'll never hear about this again.
Now what has she done to deserve that kind of vitriol? Fought for better health for our kids? Supported her husband? Raised two well-mannered daughters? I don't think that those are things for which she should be vilified!
Assigned DESK DUTY! Is this how privileged law enforcement has become? He THREATENED the FIRST LADY! He should've been arrested immediately like any ordinary citizen would have if they did this right in front of police officers! There's this buddy-buddy culture the police in this country have. In my hometown a police officer killed an unarmed teenager with a taser when he could've easily subdued and arrested him without it. No charges were ever filed and he remained on the police force. Clearly police departments can't be trusted to honestly take law enforcement action against their fellow officers, or even to simply fire them if they are incompetent. What we need are some strong laws that lay out circumstances where various actions ranging from disciplinary actions to firings to arrest and the filing of charges with the prosecutor's office are required to be taken or else those who fail to act are fired and barred from serving in law enforcement ever again. To solve the problem of chummy relations with the prosecutor's office we need more shall-prosecute laws that require the prosecutor to go forward with charges if there is a certain level of evidence (for example, being caught red-handed like in this case).
You don't know that he THREATENED THE FIRST LADY...hearsay only gets him investigated, not arrested. Sheesh...funny you mention the buddy-buddy culture of police when it was another cop who reported it!
If a cop overheard an ordinary citizen doing something like that he wouldn't just file for investigation, he would use his police powers to arrest the person. I'm not saying he should necessarily be convicted, but there is plenty of evidence in this case to arrest him and make him stand trial. After that it's up to the jury if prosecutors can establish reasonable doubt.
What makes you think it isn't being treated seriously? He's being investigated, isn't he?
But on another note, if some of us were thinking like Nancy Pelosi, we'd say this was a contrived situation, getting Michelle Obama more press, sympathizers, accusers of racism, and/or making it a partisan issue. Oh, wait! There are those on here already making it a racist issue.
Sure, pee wee. I guess that explains why no one is investigating me for threatening to kill anyone. And you know I love socialism because... a) The voices you continuously hear reveal information to you the rest of us are never made privy to. b) god (little “g”) talks to you on a regular basis - in an audible voice - imparting to you everything he/she knows. c) You’ve convinced yourself you are omniscient. d) You believe your bowling ball is actually a working crystal ball. e) The drugs you ingest, snort, smoke or shoot-up on a daily basis expand your mind and give you magical powers. f) You're crazier than a rabid skunk and more hate-filled than a legion of demons. My guess is "f", but the correct answer could very well be “all of the above”.