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Arizona sergeant demotion over Obama pic defended

PEORIA, Ariz. Peoria police chief says a police sergeant's discipline was warranted after he posted a photo of a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama on Facebook and the move had nothing to do with retaliation.

The Arizona Republic reports that Police Chief Roy Minter Jr. made the comments this week during a public hearing for Pat Shearer who is appealing his two-week suspension and demotion to officer.

Shearer, during the two-day hearing, alleged the chief had some past issues with him, including that he'd once criticized Minter's crime-tracking program.

Minter said that had no bearing on his decision.

The hearing officer now must make a recommendation to the city's personnel board, which has the final decision. That recommendation could come in a couple months.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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