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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:50 AM

Policeman: I was fired for reporting officers who threatened Obama

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/21/policeman_i_was_fired_for_reporting_officers_who_threatened_obama/

Policeman: I was fired for reporting officers who threatened Obama
A Richmond police officer claimed to reporters that fellow officers made troubling comments about the Obamas
By Jillian Rayfield


A police officer in Richmond, Virginia says he was fired from the department after whistle-blowing to a local news station about threatening comments fellow officers made about the president and first lady.

From WTVR:

The whistleblower told CBS 6 last year that the inappropriate comments were made by a 20-year police veteran who was talking on the phone to an officer assigned to provide outside security for the president and first lady. The whistleblower reported that the veteran suggested the officer “take a couple of shots . . .” and that another voice in the background talked about planting a bomb under the stage.

The Secret Service investigated and found no criminal act, but the two officers were fired amidst the furor. The fired officers have been fighting to get their jobs back.


The officer told a CBS 6 reporter that on Tuesday he was terminated from the department, later learning that it was because of his interview with CBS, which the department said was in violation of its policy.

The two officers who were terminated dispute that the threats were made. An attorney representing them in their efforts to be reinstated told CBS 6: “Unfortunately, the termination of the self-proclaimed ‘whistleblower’ does nothing to remedy the fact that his false allegations resulted in the termination of two officers. Their careers were ended and they have gone through eight months of hell.”

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:56 AM

1. Police are almost always barred from making

statements about anything to the press. It may be acceptable if he reported it to the officer's superiors and nothing was done..but sometimes unconscious decisions carry a known penalty and the penalty is worth the price..

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:01 AM

2. He was fired for talking to CBS about it

Given that the two officers involved had been fired, his going on television about it is counterproductive.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:07 AM

3. Law Enforcement Officers get upset when

they get treated like they treat others.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:29 AM

4. If he had reported the threats to the Secret Service

I would say he had a case, but he went to the media. If he had went to the USSS and was ignored, then he would be justified going to the media.

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