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Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer questioned for allegedly making threats against President Obama

7:35 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News is following the case of former Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Detective Sam Koivisto. We just obtained an audio tape of investigators questioning the 26-year veteran about his comments.

They are asking him about comments he made about President Obama and the Democratic Party. The officer recently resigned. Here's part of that interrogation:

Koivisto on the opposite side of the questioning. This time, investigators have him in the hot seat about comments he allegedly made about President Barack Obama.

"I have not done anything criminal, it's political hyperbole."

Koivisto says he was explaining a hypothetical situation to co-workers.

Investigator: "The statement that we got was that we got is that you made a threat to kill the President." 

Koivisto: "No, the only statement ever made about the President was I said, you know, just like when they killed Osama Bin Laden, I said if someone says, 'hey, he is the enemy of the State' or whatever and they had to take them out, then I could be the guy to do it. That's not me saying I would kill the guy or anything of that nature. That's just to say if the guy went away, it wouldn't hurt my feelings."

Sheriff John Rutherford believes Koivisto's comments were unacceptable workplace conduct, but not legitimate threats. JSO notified the United States Secret Service. First Coast News contacted the Secret Service. An agent said they have no specific comment, but they investigate all threats against the President.

You can listen to more of the interview in the video clips in this story.

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