Special Assistant to President Obama and House Legislative Liaison Barvetta Singletary, perhaps demonstrating the principle of absolute power corrupting absolutely that her boss exhibits every day, was arrested on Friday and charged with domestic violence after taking a pot-shot at her (unidentified, and now presumably ex-) boyfriend (a member of the U.S. Capitol Police) during a heated argument at her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland . . .
Police say [Singletary] summoned her boyfriend, who was not identified, by text message, and the two had sex. Afterward, according to the criminal complaint, Singletary went to the man’s car with him and accused him of dating other women. Inside the car, Singletary allegedly took the man’s cellphones and his service weapon, demanding passwords to unlock messages stored on the phones.
“You taught me how to use this,” Singletary allegedly told the man. “Don’t think I won’t use it.”
Police say Singletary pointed the gun in the victim’s direction and fired one round.
The man ran away and called police, according to authorities. Singletary was arrested at the scene without incident.
The White House immediately got out in front of the crisis. Luckily for them it happened on a news-dump Friday after the Fox GOP debate, eh?
“We are aware of the matter and have temporarily placed the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information. We will take additional actions as needed. For further questions, I would refer you to the Prince George’s County Police Department.”
Ms. Singletary was appointed to work for President Obama last year, after spending time working as Policy Director for anti-gun Congressman James E. Clyburn where, among other things, she “played an integral role in crafting the landmark healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Education Reconciliation Act,” popularly known as ObamaCare. If all of the above is true, one might wonder why a left-wing Democrat working for an anti-gun president would be so prone to domestic gun violence, no?
Ordinarily, the Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award would go to Ms. Singletary herself along with a few words about not launching lead at someone who apparently isn’t a threat of any kind. Even if he is a two-timin’ dirty dog. The award, however, is for an irresponsible gun owner. In this case, however, the gun appears to have belonged (or was at least been entrusted) to Ms. Singletary’s yet-to-be-named boyfriend.
So, Officer Boyfriend, what happened? Did you just leave your service weapon lying around, unsecured, in your car while you went inside for an afternoon delight? Was this a matter of insufficient retention training? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time for the capitol police force. And bad call on teaching your violent jealous girlfriend how to use a firearm in the first place.
Your award is on its away, officer, just as soon as we figure out who you are.
[Hat tip: Shall Not Be Questioned]
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