Michelle Obama receives death threat from cop

Jul 14, 2012, 04:56 IST | Agencies

A Washington police officer is under investigation after allegedly threatening to kill US First Lady Michelle Obama.

According to reports, the unidentified officer worked as a motorcycle escort for official motorcades in the US capital. He was allegedly overheard by a colleague on Wednesday declaring that he would shoot Michelle Obama, and showed an image on his cell phone of the weapon he said he intended to use.

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The officer, who overheard the conversation, had been moved to administrative duty and reported the incident to the Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the US president and his family. Edwin Donovan, spokesman for the Secret Service said, “We’re aware of the incident, and we’re going to take appropriate investigative steps.”

Gwendolyn Crump, spokesman for the Washington police, said, “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments.”

The US First Lady’s office did not immediately comment on the report.

In 2009, an American woman was arrested after calling the Secret Service and threatening to kill Michelle Obama. Barack Obama, the first African American president, has been the target of numerous assassination plots and threats since his campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2007.

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