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DC officer accused of threatening first lady

Friday - 7/13/2012, 5:49am  ET

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to campaign volunteers during a stop, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia 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, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The officer was overheard making the comments Wednesday as several officers from the Special Operations Division discussed threats against the Obamas, the Post said, citing unidentified police officials who were not authorized to discuss details of the case. 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, according to the report in the newspaper's online edition.

Asked about the report, D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said: "We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments."

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday night that Fox 5's reporting of the allegation of inappropriate comments made by a member of the Metropolitan Police Department's Special Operations Division is "wildly inaccurate," Crump said.

She said Lanier said the information reported is not consistent with what authorities are investigating.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told The Associated Press the agency was aware of the report and would "take appropriate follow-up steps."

Typically 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.


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