PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― August 8, 2009
CBS 3 has learned a Philadelphia Police officer is under investigation after attempting to perform a background check on the President of the United States. Police said an officer with the 18th District did a search on President Barack Obama's name and birth date from his patrol car's mobile data terminal, which is normally used to provide instant background information such as driver's licenses and gun registration. The search was immediately flagged and an investigation was launched. Officials said no personal information of the President was released. "This was beyond dumb and he will be disciplined," said Philadelphia Police Sergeant Ray Evers. The officer currently remains on duty, but could face disciplinary action pending the outcome of the investigation. In a similar incident last month, two officers in Georgia were suspended after using the county computer system to run a background check on President Obama.
Officers Run Background Check On Obama; Placed On Leave
WSBTV Atlanta, GA - July 30, 2009 - DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two DeKalb County police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after an investigation revealed they ran a background check on President Barack Obama. A representative for the DeKalb County CEO’s office identified the officers as Ryan White and C.M. Route. Officials said Obama’s name was typed into a computer inside a DeKalb County police car on July 20 and ran through the National Crime Information Center. The secret service was immediately notified and contacted the DeKalb County Police Department. A representative said both officers have been with the department less than five years. A representative said one of the officers denied involvement. An official investigation is being conducted by the DeKalb County Police Department’s Internal Affairs division. It is unclear why the officers ran a check on the president.