Riddled With Bullets

January 27, 2012 by staff 

Riddled With Bullets, A Peoria police officer posted a photo on Facebook, and on Friday morning, Peoria police and other agencies are investigating.

The picture shows a group of young men holding a T-shirt with President Barack Obama’s image on it, and the shirt appears to have been shot at, because it’s covered with bullet holes.

The last time Sgt. Pat Shearer was in the media was in 2007, when he received the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts for placing himself in harm’s way by pulling a driver from a burning car.

Now he’s in the news for a very different story. The picture he posted has been removed, but it can still be found on other websites, like the Democratic Underground, an online community where politically liberal people can do their part to affect political and social change.

The Secret Service’s Internet Threat Department is investigating the photo. It is not yet known who snapped the picture.

The photo shows seven young men — four with weapons — holding a bullet-riddled T-shirt with the words “Obama” and “Hope” on it. They are standing in the Arizona desert.

One of the boys is a student at Peoria’s Centennial High School. The others have not yet been identified.

It’s also not clear why Shearer posted the picture. He does not appear in it.

The Peoria Police Department has a social media policy in its handbook, which also says officers can never do anything that would cause embarrassment to the city or to the police department.

It’s unclear if Shearer took the picture or just posted it, but he is under investigation now.

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