Officer Suspended Over Social Media Comments

CLEVELAND– A city police officer, previously suspended for 20 days without pay for his handling of a downed power line, has now received a five-day suspension for comments he made on a social media website.

Patrol Officer Gary Stiegelmeyer received word of the suspension Thursday.  The new suspension deals with comments the officer made following his initial discipline, which violates the department’s policy and procedures.

Police Union President Jeff Follmer said they will most likely appeal the suspension.

Stiegelmeyer was asked to check on a downed power line in the area of East 130th and Iroquois on November 1.

911 records state FirstEnergy was notified and the officer was sent to the scene. The officer, however, reported around 9:30 in the morning on November 1 that he only saw a downed phone line.

A few hours later, 12-year-old Gasia Thomas touched the wire and was shocked.

The girl is…

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