2009-08-13 / Local & State

Philly Officer Accused Of Unauthorized Obama Check

Philadelphia's police department is investigating why an officer used his police car's computer to run a criminal background check on President Barack Obama.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Friday the officer could face discipline for performing the check Wednesday morning. The Secret Service alerted the department after it learned about the incident from National Crime Information Center.

Ramsey says he wants to know what the officer has to say for himself. Police didn't release the officer's name, but he remains on duty.

Two Atlanta-area police officers are accused of a similar unauthorized background check on the president July 20. Both were placed on paid administrative leave.

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