According to Mark Reinhart of The News-Herald, off-duty police officer Phil Croucher has been suspended for two days for dunking his head into a bucket of urine at a Browns game last month. Nine other off-duty officers have been given reprimands.
“You were identified as a Mentor Police Officer and that information was broadcast on many of the television, internet and news print media casting a negative light on the professionalism of not only yourself as a M.P.D. officer, but the entire organization,” Llewellyn wrote.
When police were initially made aware of the incident, Croucher was placed on paid administrative leave until a doctor confirmed he was healthy and posed no medical risk to the public. The department then conducted an internal investigation, which determined nine other Mentor officers paid Croucher $50 each to perform the stunt.
“The fact money was collected for this “dare,” should not detract from (Croucher) assuming final responsibility for this poor decision,” wrote Lt. Tom Powers, who conducted interviews with the officers involved.
People don’t realize how their actions can end up hurting them in the long run. Especially with a website like YouTube, you have to assume videos that are taken won’t remain private.