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Peoria policeman to appeal demotion over Obama pic

PEORIA, Ariz. — A West Valley police officer demoted and suspended for
posting a photo of a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama on Facebook
is appealing the decision.

Officer Pat Shearer is scheduled Tuesday to argue against his demotion and
two-week suspension without pay from the Peoria Police Department.

Shearer tells The Arizona Republic he was an “idiot”
for posting the photo. However, Shearer said his commendations should not be
forgotten because of one incident.

A Peoria city spokesman said Shearer was punished for breaking city policy and
he could have been fired.

A hearing officer will make a recommendation to a city personnel board, which
will make the final decision.

The photo showed seven teenagers, including some holding guns and one holding
what appeared to be a shot-up Obama T-shirt.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com