WASHINGTON – Reports by Fox 5 about a D.C. police officer making inappropriate comments in regards to the First Lady are “wildly inaccurate,” Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday night in a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Lanier also says the reports aren’t consistent with what authorities are investigating.
Reports surfaced Thursday afternoon that a D.C. police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for White House officials was placed on administrative duty after accusations surfaced that he made threatening comments against First Lady Michelle Obama.
The officer was moved off duty on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports.
After allegedly saying he would shoot the First Lady, the officer showed other officers a picture on his phone of the firearem he said he would use, the Post reports.
Police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump confirms the investigation into the officer’s alleged comments is underway.
“We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments,” she says.
The department’s Internal Affairs Division is conducting the investigation and notified the U.S. Secret Service of the threat Wednesday.
The officer allegedly made the comments Wednesday morning during a conversation with officers from the Special Operations Division as they discussed threats against the president.
WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.
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