A Washington D. C. police officer allegedly threatened to shoot Michelle Obama. After making the threat, he used his cell phone to show others the gun he would use to shoot her. However, it is not clear what sort of gun he planned to use.
The officer 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 how many officers took part in the conversation.
Officials removed the officer in question from the motorcycle escort and placed him on administrative duty. The D. C. police will investigate and the Secret Service will follow up as needed. The police declined to identify the officer in question and U. S. attorney’s office declined to comment.
“We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments,” D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in an e-mail. She declined to discuss the matter further.
A Secret Service spokesman declined to give further details, but said in an e-mail that they are aware of the alleged threat and “will conduct appropriate follow-up.”
Officials say there was no indication of legitimate danger to Mrs. Obama, but according to Washington Times Mayor Vincent Gray stated that it is unclear just how serious the comments made were.
However, Washington Times reports that there are conflicting reports concerning the alleged threat to Mrs. Obama.
“We don’t know whether there’s any truth to this or not, but it’s obviously serious enough to warrant a very intense … investigation,” Mr. Gray said while appearing as a guest on NewsChannel 8’s weekday political show.
One officer stated, "This is not funny and police officers get that. This is not something you joke about."