Cop Canned Over 'Police Threats' to Obama, 1st Lady

But alleged bad-boy cops also lost their jobs

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 22, 2013 2:49 PM CST

(Newser) – So much for speaking up: Richmond police have fired a whistleblowing cop for claiming that two officers chatted about shooting and bombing President Obama while protecting him, Raw Story reports. The officer, who wasn't named, told WTVR last May that a supervisor had said to a police sharpshooter, "You’re down there right? So, you can take a couple of shots, you might have to kill yourself, but you can take a couple of shots."

The supervisor allegedly discussed planting a bomb under the stage and dissed Michelle Obama, who was also there: "Nobody wants to see her anyway—unless she gets undressed or get [sic] naked." The whistleblowing cop said he was fired for ignoring department policy and giving the TV station an interview. But the two officers involved also lost their jobs: "Their careers were ended and they have gone through eight months of hell" over "false allegations," their lawyer tells WTVR.

President Barack Obama is seen on a camera video monitor as he outlined his plan on gun violence, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Minneapolis.
President Barack Obama is seen on a camera video monitor as he outlined his plan on gun violence, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Police officers oversee a crowd.
Police officers oversee a crowd.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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