Shearer allegedly posted this photo on his personal Facebook page.
PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -
A Peoria police officer has been demoted over a photo on his Facebook page, according to police.
Peoria Police Department spokesman Jay Davies said Tuesday that Patrick Shearer, who was a patrol sergeant with the force has been moved to the rank of officer and has been given an 80 hour unpaid suspension.
The investigation was launched by Secret Service last month after Shearer posted a photo on his personal Facebook page showing several young men in the desert carrying guns and holding up a T-shirt with President Barack Obama's likeness on it that appears riddled with bullet holes.
Peoria Police Chief Roy 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."
Davies said Shearer has 10 days to make an appeal.
Peoria police say Shearer has been with the department at least 14 years.
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