Two Ga. cops on leave over Obama inquiry

July 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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ATLANTA, July 30 (UPI) -- Two police officers in DeKalb County, Ga., are on administrative leave for running a background check on U.S. President Barack Obama, a county official says.

An unidentified representative for the county chief executive officer's office said county police officers Ryan White and C.M. Route were placed on paid administrative leave over a July 20 inquiry into the president, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Wednesday.

A computer in a county police car was used to conduct the National Crime Information Center background check, which prompted the Secret Service to be notified.

The DeKalb County Police Department's Internal Affairs division is looking into the incident, WSB reported.

The reason for the background check of Obama was not reported and an unidentified department representative said one of the named police officers has denied involvement in the check. The identity of that officer, along with the length of the officers' imposed administrative leave was not reported.

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