New Jersey cop: If Obama doesn't have to follow the Constitution, we don't either

Via Reason, the key bit starts around two minutes in. Alternate headline: “The fish rots from the head down.”

The cop told a radio host this morning he was being sarcastic (audio here) but he’s under investigation anyway:

Special Police Officer Richard Recine now is the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the video was posted online and was seen by Police Director Robert Manney, who called the comments an “embarrassment.”…

On Wednesday, Manney said Recine’s words were “uncalled for and unprofessional.”…

“I’ve already spoken to that officer in regards to that. In my opinion it’s an embarrassment.”

Recine’s obviously criticizing Obama in the clip (he’s “decimated the friggin’ Constitution”), not earnestly citing him as an example to emulate. I think he threw the “if he doesn’t follow it, we don’t have to either” thing out there because he assumed that the guy he’s arguing with is an Obama fan. I.e. if your guy doesn’t have to play by the rules, why demand that we lowly cops do so? But your mileage may vary.

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David Strom 9:21 PM on February 02, 2023