Jacksonville, Florida – Officer Samual Kolvisto of the Jacksonville Police department commented to colleagues that he would volunteer to assassinate President Obama and other members of the Democratic Party.
Detective Koivisto, told the Florida Times-Union newspaper that his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he’d planned to retire in five months anyway.
The Associated Press reported on the incident that happened shortly after this month’s election:
“The 57-year-old retired this month while facing an internal investigation into his comments to other officers after the election. He told them that if an order came to kill Obama, he ‘wouldn’t mind being the guy.’
When questioned by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office integrity unit, he said he also didn’t care if a nuclear explosion killed everyone in the Northeastern U.S because they supported Obama. He told the investigators his comments were hyperbole and not actual threats.
The Times-Union reports that the detective had been in the city’s pension program and would have been eligible to collect benefits in the spring. Officials say he will still be able to do so after using vacation time to bridge the gap.
News4Jax reports that even though Koivisto was investigated by the Secret Service and U.S. Attorneys’ Office, he will not face criminal charges. The Chairman of the local Duval County Democratic Party told the Times-Union that he was not troubled by the incident and would chalk it up to a case of post-election sour grapes.