(Source: Facebook) The demotion of a Peoria police officer who posted on Facebook a photo of an apparent bullet-riddled T-shirt with a likeness of President Barack Obama was upheld by a city board Monday night.
PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -
The demotion of a Peoria police officer who posted on Facebook a photo of an apparent bullet-riddled T-shirt with a likeness of President Barack Obama was upheld by a city board Monday night.
Patrick Shearer was a patrol sergeant with the department before the police chief in February demoted him to the rank of officer.
He also was given an 80-hour unpaid suspension Police Chief Roy Minter, but the city's three-person personnel board Tuesday upheld Shearer's appeal and reduced that to 40 hours.
The demotion was the result of a Secret Service investigation and a breach of the department's Code of Conduct.
Shearer had posted a photo on his personal Facebook page showing several young men in the desert carrying guns and holding a T-shirt with Obama's likeness that appeared to have bullet holes.
An investigation was launched by the U.S. Secret Service in January.
In February, along with the announcement of Shearer's demotion, Minter released the following statement:
"The Peoria Police Department's Code of Conduct states, all employees shall conduct themselves in a manner that shall never bring discredit or embarrassment to the City of Peoria or the Peoria Police Department. We expect our employees to exercise sound judgment and not bring discredit upon our Police Department."
Shearer is a 25-year veteran of the Peoria Police Department.
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