A police sergeant in Arizona who got into hot water for posting a picture on his Facebook account featuring an bullet-marked image of President Obama was demoted and suspended, according to officials.
Pat Shearer, who took the picture, will be demoted to the rank of officer and suspended without pay for two weeks. "We expect our employees to exercise sound judgment and not bring discredit upon our police department," Police Chief Roy Minter said in a written statement.
The Secret Service began an investigation into the photograph, but told Reuters that it was not pursuing any action against Shearer. The phot depicted a group of seven teenagers holding firearms and holding a t-shirt with Shepard Fairley's famous portrait of Obama. The shirt appeared to be shot through with bullets. The Secret Service investigates all threats against a president, even ones made in jest.
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