Ariz. officer demoted over Obama photo on Facebook

February 28, 2012 - 6:55 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) โ€” A Peoria, Ariz., police sergeant has been demoted and suspended for two weeks without pay for posting a photo of a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama on Facebook.

Officials in the Phoenix suburb said Tuesday that Pat Shearer will be demoted to the rank of officer, which means a reduction in pay.

Shearer has 10 days to appeal. The 25-year veteran had been reassigned to administrative duties during the investigation.

The photo on Shearer's Facebook profile showed seven teenagers. Some were holding guns and one was holding what appeared to be a shot-up Obama T-shirt. The image was removed soon after it was posted.

Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter Jr. says he expects employees to exercise sound judgment and not bring discredit to the city and the police department.