Officer accused of FLOTUS threat forgoes Secret Service suit

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2008, file photo, Michelle Obama, wife of then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and daughters Malia, left, 10, and Sasha, right, 7, wave to the audience the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Michelle is 5-foot-11, and she is world-famous. Sometimes she inspires awe in her admirers. She has been accused of being the angry type. So when Michelle Obama meets people, she likes to bring things down to earth with a hug. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Paul D. Shinkman,

WASHINGTON – The D.C. police officer who may have made threatening remarks about the first lady will not be prosecuted by the Secret Service and is still working, the chief of police tells WTOP.

An officer was accused of threatening first lady Michelle Obama in July. This led to a joint investigation between the Secret Service and the D.C. police department to determine if there was a valid threat, and if it was prosecutable.

Initial reports indicated several officers associated with the White House motorcycle escorts could be disciplined for the incident. Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday on WTOP’s “Ask the Chief” that only one officer is under investigation.

The incident is now considered an “administrative investigation,” Lanier says, and will be turned over to the D.C. police Internal Affairs Division.

The officer is on “non-contact,” she says, but is still working.

Learn more in this live blog from Thursday’s “Ask the Chief” with Lanier.

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WTOP’s Mark Segraves contributed to this report. Follow Paul, Mark and WTOP on Twitter.

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