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Police officer quits after comments about Obama

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville police officer has quit after admitting he told colleagues he would volunteer to assassinate President Obama.

Sam Koivisto told the Florida Times-Union on Wednesday that his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he had planned to retire in five months, anyway.

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The 57-year-old retired this month while facing an internal investigation of his comments to other officers after the election. He told them that if an order came to kill Obama, he ‘‘wouldn’t mind ­being the guy.’’

When questioned by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office integrity unit, he also said he did not care if a nuclear explosion killed everyone in the Northeast because they supported Obama.

He told the investigators his comments were hyperbole and not actual threats.

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