Peoria Cop Demoted for Shot-Up Obama Shirt Credited With Saving Life of Shot MCSO Deputy

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Peoria Officer Pat Shearer
The Peoria Police Department will host a meeting Wednesday between Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ruben Garcia -- who was shot in the face in January while responding to a call -- and the two Peoria cops credited with saving his life.

One of those Peoria cops is Ryan Bakke, and the other is Pat Shearer, who made national news early last year for a photo on his Facebook page of a bunch of kids who'd just shot up a T-shirt depicting President Barack Obama.

See also:
-Peoria Cop Demoted for Picture of Freshly Shot-Up Obama T-Shirt on Facebook Page
-Barack Obama T-Shirt (Apparently) Blasted by Arizona Kids, from Cop Facebook Page
-Donald Miller ID'd as Shooter of MCSO Deputy Ruben Garcia
-MCSO Deputy in Critical Condition After Being Shot Several Times in Peoria

In January 2012, the Secret Service was "looking into" the photograph on Shearer's Facebook page captioned "Another trip to the ranch." Shearer, then a sergeant, was demoted by late February and was suspended for two weeks without pay.

In January of this year, Shearer and Bakke were the ones responding to the call of Garcia being shot in a parking lot near Deer Valley Road and 83rd Avenue.

Garcia, who's been with the MCSO for 29 years, pulled over Donald Miller, a 54-year-old Peoria resident, shortly after midnight on January 8 in relation to a call from a woman who feared for the safety of Miller.

Deputy Garcia pulled over Miller at a gas station, and Miller proceeded to shoot at Garcia, hitting him several times, including at least once in the face.

Miller ended up being killed after driving away and getting in another shootout with police a short time later.

According to a press release just issued by the Peoria PD, "Once [Bakke and Shearer] reached Garcia, they worked to both comfort the severely injured deputy and provided him with the immediate medical attention that later would be credited for saving his life."

According to Peoria PD, Garcia wants to thank Bakke and Shearer on Wednesday for saving his life.

Shearer also received a medal of honor from the department in 2007, as he and another officer "placed themselves into harm's way" by rescuing a driver who was surrounded by burning vehicles, according to a PD report.

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rampanthawk
rampanthawk

Hey NewTimes... it's time to revisit the Peoria Police Department and get their take on why Pat Shearer was recently arrested for domestic violence. Of course, since they arrested him, they might just deny anything happened.

He's spinning out of control.

Howard Lee
Howard Lee

Redemption? NO! Two separate issues here, he should have been fired!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

This article shows the good police do.

A facial wound is very serious. This deputy can and should thank the two Peoria officers for saving his life.

I do think Shearer made a poor decision posting the shot-up Obama T-shirt on his Facebook page but given his acts of saving this deputy's life I think he should be returned to his former rank.

Brandon Bennett
Brandon Bennett

Save a human life + shoot a tee shirt = "human garbage". Wow...

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

WELL FOLKS THIS ISNT ANYTHING NEW BECAUSE THE FEDS HAVE BEEN WIRE TAPPING AND TRACKING EVERYBODY ONLINE FOR DECADES NOW.   THEYRE AFTER FREE SPEECH AND OUR 2ND AMENDMENT.   http://youtu.be/NrSzTEYeWYE

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

Bottom line, the officers did the job they were being paid to, and expected to, do. It's great that the MCSO deputy survived. But, let's not make heroes of these officers because they saved his life, as they were expected to attempt to do.

CatoCConstantine
CatoCConstantine

notice that the article grants approximately equal import to these 2 facts:
-he defiled an Icon of the Earthly Vicar of Omnipotent Statism (and didn't even have the decent shame to conceal his Mortal Heresy)
-he saved the life of a human fucking being by expertly applying first-aid while keeping the injured party calm

(one of these things is not like the other)

Brandon Bennett
Brandon Bennett

so having acceptable political opinions is a more important qualification for peace officer than being able to keep a man alive who had been shot in the face? (sounds about right)

Brandon Bennett
Brandon Bennett

notice that the article grants approximately equal import to these 2 facts: -he defiled an Icon of the Earthly Vicar of Omnipotent Statism (and didn't even have the decent shame to conceal his Mortal Heresy) -he saved the life of a human fucking being by expertly applying first-aid while keeping the injured party calm (one of these things is not like the other)

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Makes sense because he is a MCSO deputy. What's wrong with that? I would have done the same thing.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

not an Obama fan, but him posting that pic was pretty damn stupid. we all make mistakes, and i am glad he got a chance to prove himself to be a good cop and person. not many people get a chance to clear their images like he did. good for him

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

obviously he isnt a bad person for the t shirt thing...it just wasnt a very bright move...that said, kudos to Mr Shearer and the other officer...

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@Tommy_Collins I think that you're wrong on this one.  Yes, they are paid to do this job.  But when we are quick to criticize when they do something wrong, we need to be quick to compliment when they do something especially right (not just for cops, but as a general rule of life).  When they save a life, whether it be another officer or a civilian, they deserve to be applauded for it.   The more important message that this incident sends is that its a reminder that the world is not black and white.  This officer may have done something really stupid in shooting up a shirt with an image of the President (regardless of who that President is) but he is also a professional who saved a life.  The world is a complex place with many shades of gray, not black and white as many who comment on this site would lilke to paint it as.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Tommy_Collins Being a friend of Rudy's, I greatly appreciate the work that the Peoria Officers put in to save Rudy's life.  Rudy should have the ability to show public appreciation to them, for their efforts were critical in him remaining on this earth.  I don't think anyone here or in the story were erecting busts or renaming mountian ranges. 

A has been comes out to the world and admits he's gay, and he is immortalized, yet when two police officers save another critically injured officer's life and they receive criticism.

Lighten up a bit, Tommy.  You've become hypercritical of your brothers who are currently in the trenches. 

CatoCConstantine
CatoCConstantine

@Tommy_Collins are you kidding? i am strongly against lionization of this profession, (especially because it is so rife with corruption) but keeping someone who was just shot in the face alive is a heroic achievement. sure they were expected to attempt - but trying doesn't get somebody with a face wound home to his wife, succeeding does.
i don't give cops an inch of leeway when it comes to abuse of power, because they are just human beings with a special hat. likewise, when one does something like this (not tries, does) i think its only fair to give the man a pat on the back, because he's a human being whose actions saved another human being's life. doesn't seem all that complicated to me

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@CatoCConstantine yeah, only a fucking idiot would shoot up something with the current Presidents picture on it. the second person would have to be somewhat smart. 

cassityg32
cassityg32

He was demoted not fired ( although he should have been)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  learn to read twit. "makes sense because he is a MCSO deputy"????   HE GOT SHOT TWIT.  the story is about a Peoria cop. your inability to read an article and lack of comprehension is reading as if you are saying it makes sense he was shot 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

LMAO Jaffy, it was a Democratic President (Andrew Johnson) who certified the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving your sorry ass birthright citizenship, due process, equal protection under the law, etc.

It was also a Democratic President (Grover Cleveland) who dedicated the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886.

It was a Democratic President (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) who fought for Americans' safety after Pearl Harbor.

Do us all a favor and STFU.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@JohnQ.Public Without talking with Mr. Hendley I think the intent of the article was to show that although Shearer made a stupid decision and has paid for it, he continues to do his job, as a patrolman. Very nicely, I might add. My comment regarding tagging the officers as heroes was not intended to take anything AWAY from what they did, it was simply intended as a statement that our culture of today has swung the pendulum way too far with regard for making everyone a hero for simply doing their jobs. I was not being negative toward Mr. Shearer or law enforcement, but I think we need to save the hero tag for those who genuinely deserve it. YPS correctly stated that this article did NOT use the term, however the AzRepublic article headline did just that. I appreciate that you disagree and do so in a cogent manner.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@yourproductsucks Not true. I'm not at all hypercritical, as you suggest. I simply say the usage of the suggestion that people are 'heroes' because they are doing their jobs, is over-baked. I am a member of the 100 Club of Arizona and fully support their efforts and causes, but I don't agree with the assertion that cops are 'every day heroes' as some suggest. Cato, I agree with your comments and yes, the deputy certainly has the right to publicly thank those officers for tending to him. I was severely injured in the line of duty once and I was thankful for the paramedics who treated me, as well. They were doing their jobs, as was I when I was injured. I just think all the 'feel good' stuff is overblown.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@cassityg32 eh, thats debatable to me. I think he got the proper punishment for his actions. 2 weeks no pay suspension and reduction in rank...im all about second chances, especially if they are good people (or in this case, a good cop who just made a really dumb mistake)

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan Okay, maybe I didn't read the article correctly but don't feel bad, didn't nancy pelosi say that "the bill needs to be passed first so she can see what's in it"?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFY. HEY RETARD, this is not about shirts, GO FUCK URSELF AND CHANGE UR PAD. N-WAY , since U R so obsessed about shirts, I'm gonna sent U a shirt that says "FUCK ARPAIO" so U can wear it, if U don't wear it is 'cause U R not really a JOKE'S FAN.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Tommy_Collins @yourproductsucks Negativity, on the other hand, is not overblown.  Shearer is the perfect example.  His demotion was highly advertised...this story is the ONLY mention of Shearer's involvement in saving Rudy's life.

I saw not one person mention the "hero" word you are adverse to.

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

fuck the joearpaiolovers, oooooooooooo

CatoCConstantine
CatoCConstantine

@david_saint01 @CatoCConstantine
it's not something i would probably choose to do, but to make it some horrific taboo is beyond silly. i have always favoured the fireball-throwing demon from doom, when it comes to home-brewed targets (along with the classics, of course: hitler, stalin, sherman, mao) but if he wants to shoot some other picture, that is his prerogative. whether the individual depicted happens to be holding a particular political office simply doesn't enter into it, unless there is some other reason to believe that the target shooter has significant motive and/or opportunity to carry out an actual assault. since no such indications were found by the ss and obama is constantly surrounded by the most effective, well-funded and doubly redundant body guard clique in the history of the planet - one that is illegally empowered to breeze through 4th amendment and other protections with the greatest of ease - please forgive me if i don't find claims that obama is in constant mortal danger to be very compelling.

also, i would point out that this officer engaged in this tee-shirt shooting on his own land, his own time and his own dime. this stands in stark contrast to the pregnant woman and elementary school aged boy targets whose manufacturer says law enforcement agencies specifically requested, which are being bought with taxpayer monies to train officers to overcome their "hesitance" to shoot women and children.

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