The New Jersey officer who was caught on camera saying he did not have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Barack Obama “decimated” it resigned Thursday.
Officer Richard Recine, 59, who served on the force for 36 years, submitted his resignation after video of his comments went viral online.
“I don’t want to give a black eye to law enforcement,” he told MyCentralJersey.com. “People are saying some really nasty stuff about cops. I don’t want all officers painted with the same brush.”
Police Director Robert Manney accepted Recine’s resignation, after previously calling his comments an “embarrassment.”
The 59-year-old made the comments after confronting an individual inside a municipal building who was investigating alleged problems with a local animal shelter. Recine repeatedly questioned the individual who cited his Constitutional right to be in the public building recording.
“Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn,” he said. “Because if he doesn’t have to follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”
“Did you get that?!” the stunned man asked the young teen reportedly recording the conversation.
“That’s the law of the land, you have to follow it,” Wronko told the cop.
“Then you tell [Obama] that,” Recine replies.
Ultimately, Manney arrived at the scene and escorted the individual Recine was questioning out of the building. When he later learned of Recine’s comments, he denounced them as “unprofessional.”
According to the Associated Press, the 59-year-old is a Democrat and earned an hourly wage as a part-time officer after retiring from the Franklin Police Department in 2006.
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