JPD officer investigated for remarks about first lady - - Jackson, MS

JPD officer investigated for remarks about first lady

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

Little did First Lady Michelle Obama know during her visit to Jackson that someone was talking behind her back -- reportedly texting unflattering comments. Our investigation has revealed that it was a Jackson police officer. Now an internal affairs investigation has been launched into the incident.

Our sources have identified the officer as Chris Barnhart. We are told the incident occurred while Officer Barnhart was on security detail last week during the first lady's visit to the capital city. We are also told Barnhart made derogatory statements about Mrs. Obama.

When we questioned JPD superiors about the matter we were sent an email response. It states, in part: "The Jackson Police Department is currently conducting an internal investigation regarding allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer."

Officials within JPD confirm it occurred during Michelle Obama's visit to Jackson. Assistant Chief Lee Vance said he could not be specific about the probe, adding they had received a complaint. He would not confirm the officer's name.

Vance also told us the U.S. Secret Service was not involved.

In our efforts to find out more about the officer, we found his Facebook page. We learned from his Facebook profile that Barnhart is a fan of the page "O.B.A.M.A. (One Big Ass Mistake, America)."

Sources also say Officer Barnhart is in the dog house, literally, now assigned to animal control for the city of Jackson. The official email response doesn't confirm this action, only that the officer has been reassigned during the internal affairs investigation and that no disciplinary action has been taken against him.

We were unable to contact Barnhart for his response.

A White House spokesman with connections to the First Lady said they had no knowledge of the incident and had no comment.

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