An unidentified Richmond, Virginia, police officer, who reported his fellow cops for allegedly threatening President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, was fired this week (video below).
According to WTVR-TV, the police officer reported a 20-year department veteran and other members of the Richmond police force after they made inappropriate comments while providing protection to the Obamas.
“There was an officer providing exterior security to the president on that day on the phone with the supervisor,” the whistleblower told WTVR-TV last May. “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.’ 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.'"
One police officer said about Michelle Obama: “Nobody wants to see her anyway, unless she gets undressed or gets naked."
On Wednesday, the whistleblower told WTVR-TV that the police department claimed to have fired him for violating police department policy by doing an interview with the station almost a year ago.
Virginia employment attorney Thomas Robert said: “It concerns me, and it should concern others, if he was retaliated based upon his right to express his concern on this public matter as well as his opinion."
"There’s no question that this will have a chilling effect upon other members of the police force who will be afraid if they speak out about a matter of public concern. They too may lose their job.”