A Peoria police sergeant who grabbed national headlines when he posted President Barack Obama's apparently bullet-riddled image on his Facebook page has been demoted and suspended without pay for two weeks.
Pat Shearer, a longtime patrol sergeant in Peoria, will be demoted to the rank of officer, which means a reduction in pay, according to a police spokesman.
Shearer has 10 days to appeal the decision.
"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," Police Chief Roy Minter Jr. said in a written statement.
Shearer could not immediately be reached for comment.
Shearer had been reassigned to administrative duties pending the investigation's outcome.
The photo on Shearer's Facebook profile, which was quickly removed, showed seven Centennial High School students, some holding guns and one holding what appeared to be a shot-up Obama T-shirt.
Peoria's investigation began after a resident alerted the U.S. Secret Service about the photo. A Secret Service spokesman told The Republic Tuesday that the case was "a local police matter."
Police did not release details on the investigation pending the 10-day appeal time.