White House Staffer Barvetta Singletary Arrested for Shooting at Boyfriend-Truth!
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White House staffer Barvetta Singletary was arrested for shooting at her boyfriend, a Capitol police officer.
This one is true.
Barvetta Singletary has been charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in Prince George’s County, Maryland, after the alleged August 7 shooting.
The incident played out after Barvetta Singletary invited her boyfriend, Capitol police officer Reginald Cleveland, to her home and confronted him about another woman that he was dating, according to her indictment:
…She asked to see his cell phone and he refused.
Singletary then went to Cleveland’s vehicle and asked again to see his cell phones. When he refused, she reached inside the vehicle and pulled two phones and his service weapon from a bag inside and went back into her house. Cleveland followed her in, attempting to retrieve his phones and service weapon.
Back inside her residence, Singletary demanded the cell phone passcodes and Cleveland again refused. Singletary then said she knew how to use the gun and wasn’t afraid to use it. When Cleveland still wouldn’t give up his passcodes, Singletary fired one round in his general direction, but it did not strike him. Fearing for his life, Cleveland left the residence and called 911.
Barvetta Singletary was placed on unpaid administrative leave, and then she resigned from her position as special assistant to the president and House legislative affairs liaison after her September 2 indictment, Roll Call reports.
Singletary was hired as a White House staffer in 2014 at an annual salary of $125,000 a year. Prior tot that, she served as deputy chief of staff and policy director for Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, the Washington Times reports.