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Ariz. Agency Demotes Cop Who Posted Bullet-Riddled Obama Picture

February 29, 2012  | 

An Arizona police sergeant who posted a picture of a bullet-riddled President Obama T-shirt was demoted and docked two weeks pay by his agency, reports the Arizona Republic.

Sgt. Pat Shearer, a 25-year veteran of the Peoria Police Department, has been demoted to officer. Shearer had been a sergeant for four years.

Peoria Chief Roy Minter Jr. said employees are expected to exercise sound judgment and not bring discredit on the department.

Related:

Ariz. Police Sergeant In Obama Photo Flap Reassigned

Secret Service Investigates Cop's Image of Shot Obama T-Shirt


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Trigger @ 3/2/2012 5:14 AM

You have got to be kidding me. With all of the major crime happening in this country a sergeant gets demoted for bullet holes in a t-shirt. What's wrong with a good old ass chewing, lay piece of paper on him and tell him no more of that behavior. I guess the "political correctness" of this county is going to sink us.

Good Bye Amendment 1 @ 3/2/2012 6:43 AM

If he did it while on duty, thats one thing. If he was on his time, thats another. Freedom of speech covers this and I believe he may recoup more than he lost. How about all the rappers and other "artists" and companies that put the same type image with other people on them? Where is the social responsibility there?

Jim A @ 3/2/2012 8:30 AM

You have got to be kidding is exactly right - but oppositely. We have heard it over and over again. What you say on-line as a LE representative is not private. We are not talking about a picture of a bad-guy. We are talking about the president. (Same would happen if it was the Sgt's supervisor. ) I do not especially like the president either, but I would not post a picture like that. This guy should have known better. But, that is not to say that I do not feel sorry for him. Believe me when I say that I understand his pain.

Jim A

Jack Betz @ 3/4/2012 5:48 PM

THe secrect service has nothing better to do with it's time. Anybody who is president from Washington on is going to have people who don't like him. It comes with the job. As long as he does not start shooting at the real thing, sticks and stones baby.

ajs0121 @ 3/5/2012 8:08 AM

Monsoor v. Albemarle County, 319F.3d 4th Cir

Milwaukee Police Assn v. Jones, 192F.3d 742 7th Cir

Gasparinetti v. Kerr, 568F.2d 311 2nd Cir

Police officers do NOT forfeit thier 1st ammendment rights when they take the oath. We still need to use some damn common sense though.

bjb @ 3/5/2012 5:31 PM

I hope he gets a good attorney and sues the shit out of the department, and gets his stripes back.

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