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Officer cleared of threatening Michelle Obama (but suspended for calling O a commie)
Washington Post ^ | 7/8/2013

Posted on 07/09/2013 2:17:13 AM PDT by markomalley

A District police officer accused of threatening Michelle Obama has been cleared of administrative charges related to the first lady but was found guilty of posting a derogatory job description on social media and depicting the president as a communist, his attorney said Monday.

Members of a departmental review board ruled that Christopher Picciano, a 17-year veteran who was a member of the elite presidential motorcade detail, should be suspended without pay for 40 days for conduct unbecoming an officer. His attorney, James W. Pressler, said his client is weighing an appeal. The city had sought to have Picciano fired.

“We’re pleased that he was exonerated of all allegations that he made threats against the first lady,” Pressler said. “He has maintained from the beginning that it was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke.”

The U.S. attorney’s office had declined to file charges against the officer, agreeing with the Secret Service that Picciano was not serious with his comment about Michelle Obama. But during the investigation, detectives found troubling though unrelated postings on the officer’s LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.

Those included a communist emblem — a hammer and sickle — superimposed over a campaign poster of President Obama and Picciano’s self-described job description as “zoo keeper of the MPD.” Angry with the D.C. Council over a vote to curtail pension benefits, Picciano wrote on Facebook about taking a rifle to a tall building.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: christopherpicciano; districtofcolumbia; facebook; jameswpressler
Commies.
1 posted on 07/09/2013 2:17:13 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

He wasn’t fired - he was suspended without pay for 40 days.


2 posted on 07/09/2013 2:21:30 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
He wasn’t fired - he was suspended without pay for 40 days.

Mis-read...saw the "city sought him to be fired" as him being fired.

Sorry.

3 posted on 07/09/2013 2:25:17 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Obama Drama is getting so bad that Barry is getting threats from his security detail. That’s a good sign his administration is collapsing. This will be ‘Must See TV’ for the next few years. This won’t help Hillary one bit. At first, I felt sad Obummer got re-elected but watching his political train wreck and how he bring Democrats on the same collision course makes it fun to watch.


4 posted on 07/09/2013 2:26:10 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson

I mis-annotated the thread title.

Can you please change: “Officer cleared of threatening Michelle Obama (but fired for calling O a commie)”

to

“Officer cleared of threatening Michelle Obama (but suspended for calling O a commie)”

Thanks a lot!


5 posted on 07/09/2013 2:26:24 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

No worries - BTDT.


6 posted on 07/09/2013 2:38:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks markomalley.
Angry with the D.C. Council over a vote to curtail pension benefits...

7 posted on 07/09/2013 2:42:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: markomalley

The truth hurts. This comes under the heading of shooting the messenger.


8 posted on 07/09/2013 2:47:21 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: markomalley
If they EVER cruise FR ....

There might be one ... possibly two .. survivors to carry on Jim's dream.

9 posted on 07/09/2013 3:07:19 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: markomalley

I would say that it IS pretty stupid to say you will take a rifle to a tall building and it should result in some action


10 posted on 07/09/2013 3:10:04 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: markomalley

Oh, dear... suspended for calling hussein a communist.

Next they’ll be suspending cops for eating doughnuts.

Personally, I was under the impression - possibly erroneous, but not likely - that everyone already knows hussein’s a communist.


11 posted on 07/09/2013 3:52:02 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: markomalley

Why would that term be derogatory? To use a phrase I really hate-—it is what it is. And there are many black members of Congress who describe themselves as exactly that.


12 posted on 07/09/2013 3:57:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: markomalley

When Truth becomes a punishable offense the society is in collapse.


13 posted on 07/09/2013 3:57:55 AM PDT by Amagi (Buying "Green" means purchasing inferior quality at increased cost.)
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To: markomalley

free speech has been outlawed.


14 posted on 07/09/2013 4:08:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
Its probably a good thing many of we “Freepers” have not been in a similar capacity there in Washington as the good officer was, many of us would be in the bread lines for violating the new “Absence of Free Speech” laws we now face.

Certainly it is NOT smart to make comments such as he did and it would be/should be career limiting for such a responsible position. While I have no love for either of the odumbo’s, keeping ones “goals” private might be something to consider before expounding.

15 posted on 07/09/2013 4:46:41 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for SMALLER , HONEST government)
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To: Progov

He is probably white , and that didn’t help him in DC either.


16 posted on 07/09/2013 5:04:48 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Progov
Your post was overly polite.

This guy is too dumb to be carrying a stick and a gun for public money. If one doesn't like guarding gay communists for a living, one is free to leave.

17 posted on 07/09/2013 5:17:53 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" The Movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica.")
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To: markomalley

BOTH Obama’s are America hating communists.

What part of communism DON”T they believe in?


18 posted on 07/09/2013 5:41:20 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: markomalley

Calling a Spade a Charade


19 posted on 07/09/2013 5:57:00 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: markomalley

-——The city——
Amish office holders


20 posted on 07/09/2013 5:59:35 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: markomalley

Obama’s not a communist, he’s a bastardized hybrid of fascist and communist schooled in Chicago machine politics


21 posted on 07/09/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT by radmanptn
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To: markomalley

Wow, this cop union is strong. Threaten the first lady and publicly ridicule the president and get off with a slap on the wrist. I bet that 40 days pay get reinstated in a year or so, or accounted for in his pension calculation.


22 posted on 07/09/2013 7:17:11 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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