The Washington Post says a 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.
“We’re aware of the incident, and we’re going to take appropriate investigative steps,” spokesman Edwin Donovan.
The motorman allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas.
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.
One of the officers overheard the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant at the Division, who immediately notified superiors.
“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. She declined to discuss the matter further.
Officials familiar with what happen say that it was a bad joke made by someone who should have known better. According to MSN BC, the officer, who is represented by the police union, has retained a lawyer.
Police officials declined to identify the officer.
However, 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.”
The first lady’s office did not immediately comment on the report.
Ususally, 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.
MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said: “There is conflicting information about what the officer said. … Internal Affairs will get to the bottom of it.”
The police escorts the Special Operations Division performs for the First Family are dignitary escorts.