During this past election season, President Obama made a stop in Richmond, Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University to give a speech. Richmond Police Department were working detail alongside the Secret Service, but there were reports of inappropriate comments made by two officers about the President and his wife. An officer that wanted to remain anonymous blew the whistle on those police officers to a local news station, when he gave the interview to protect his anonymity the station scrambled his voice:
“There was an officer providing exterior security to the President on that day on the phone with the supervisor. The supervisor said to that particular officer, ‘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 RPD source said the supervisor said that to a sharpshooter while on the phone during the department’s roll call on the day of the president`s visit.
The source also said that “another officer in the background started talking and he said, ‘yeah, somebody should plant a bomb underneath the stage while they’re on there and blow it up.’
And the police source also said comments were allegedly made about Michelle Obama.
“Nobody wants to see her anyway — unless she gets undressed or get naked,” the source told Jones was what one officer said.
The Secret Service investigated the complaints, but didn’t find any wrongdoing. The Richmond Police Department, on the other hand, seems to have taken matters in their own hands.
Yesterday, the anonymous police officer/whistle-blower was fired from his job. Apparently the Richmond Police Department unscrambled his voice and figured out his identity. The officer was fired because he violated police department policy by doing an interview with CBS 6 about the incident involving the President and the First Lady.
Even though the Secret Service didn’t find anything during their investigation, the two police officers making the alleged statements were fired and they’ve been fighting to get their jobs back. The officer’s attorney, James Towey, stated that the whistle-blowing police officer’s statements were embellished and/ or false.
“Unfortunately, the termination of the self-proclaimed “whistle-blower” 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,” Towey wrote.
Did the whistle-blower lie about the two officers in question, which ended their careers? Or did the police department act in haste in firing the accused officers? It seems as though the Richmond Police Department has a lot of explaining to do.