A New Jersey cop who came under fire for being recorded saying “Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution,” resigned Thursday after the police department began an internal investigation.
Richard Recine has been a police officer for 36 years and retired in 2006, but was still working part time. After being video recorded disparaging President Obama, he submitted his resignation, according to MyCentralJersey.com.
Recine said he was being sarcastic when he was caught on camera saying “if [Obama] doesn’t have to follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”
“I don’t want to give a black eye to law enforcement,” Recine told MyCentralJersey.com in an exclusive interview. “People are saying some really nasty stuff about cops. I don’t want all officers painted with the same brush.”
A registered Democrat, Recine serves on the Board of Fire Commissioners and said he was being “sarcastic.”
“It was just a stupid statement on my part. He got me riled and I said it,” he said. “I don’t believe that at all. I’m the most patriotic person in the world. I believe in God, the flag, country, the Constitution.”
Recine was dispatched to a municipal building where resident Steve Wronko was taking pictures and videos, which alarmed employees.
“I tried to explain to him that since 9/11 you just can’t walk into a place and take videos,” Recine told MyCentralJersey.com. “All he kept on doing was saying he had civil rights, and the Constitution, and he didn’t have to give me information. And I kind of like lost my temper.”
Recine agreed that his comments were inappropriate and said the resignation was mutual between him and his supervisor.
Watch the video here:
NJ cop to citizen: ‘If Obama doesn’t have to follow the Constitution, we don’t have to’
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