A Washington, D.C. police officer who served as a motorcycle escort for White House officials was taken off duty after he was overheard making threatening comments towards the First Lady, The Washington Post reported.
On Wednesday morning, the unidentified cop allegedly told colleagues he would shoot Michelle Obama and then used his cell phone to pull up a picture of the intended firearm. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm he planned to use. Another officer reported the incident to a police lieutenant at the Internal Affairs Division after overhearing the alleged threat, the officials said. They immediately notified the U.S. Secret Service.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan assured the people that they “are aware of the incident and … taking appropriate follow-up steps."
The police department’s Division is currently investigating the situation, as it is uncertain of what exactly was said by the police officer and to whom he was divulging his alleged plans to.
D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump declined to deeply discuss the matter, but said in an e-mail, “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments.”
According to officials, there was no indication of a legitimate danger to the FLOTUS, but the police officer has been moved to desk duty while the authorities figure everything out.
Better safe than sorry.