A D.C. police officer said he wasn’t seriously considering harming First Lady Michelle Obama and told a disciplinary hearing that he was only joking about shooting her.
Christopher Picciano, a 17-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, “maintains that he made a sarcastic quip while inadvertently displaying an image of a gun on his smartphone,” according to his attorney.
“There was no threat,” the attorney said. “The officer made a sarcastic comment in response to a question made to him.”
So while Picciano claims this was all a big misunderstanding, one of Picciano’s colleagues, Office Leslie Clark, believed that Picciano planned to make good on his threat. The woman said Picciano showed her a picture of a gun, and, referring to Michelle Obama, said:
“This is the gun I plan to do it with.”
Clark said she waited several hours before reporting it because she feared retribution from fellow officers.
Meanwhile, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she’s taking Picciano’s situation seriously.