The Washington Post reports that a D.C. police officer has been placed on administrative duty after he was allegedly overheard making threatening comments toward Michelle Obama — including that he would shoot her. To make it worse, he wasn’t just any cop in the nation’s capital but one of those who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials, according to several police officials:
The police department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the alleged comments and notified the U.S. Secret Service Wednesday, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give details of the investigation.
The motorman allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas. It was not immediately clear where the alleged conversation took place or exactly how many officers took part in the conversation.
During that conversation, the officials said, 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. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown.
There was no indication of a legitimate danger to Michelle Obama. A Secret Service spokesman declined to provide further details, saying in an e-mail that the agency was aware of the incident and “will conduct appropriate follow-up.”
Police officials immediately reassigned the officer to other duties, the police officials said.
Read more at the Washington Post.