Cleveland police officer suspended over drawing that ended up on traffic ticket

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned a city police officer is drawing heat for a suggestive drawing he sketched on a ticket book.

The police union said it was a joke, but city administrators aren’t laughing

The officer, Vincent Schneider, was suspended for 10 days without pay on August 28, after the woman who received the ticket contacted police headquarters.

Police Union President Jeff Follmer told the I-Team the officer drew the picture on a citation book that belonged to a fellow worker.  The drawing transferred through carbon copies ending up on a ticket given to  the woman.

“It was a joke. This officer never thought this ticket book would be used, get sent out to the public,” Follmer said.

He believes 10 days off without pay is excessive, but the city disagrees.

The city stated the officer violated the police department’s rules and regulations.

On the discipline letter issued to the officer, the city stated in part, that it was determined by the Civilian Police Review Board that the officer “engaged in unprofessional and improper conduct and gross immorality.”

The union said they will appeal.

“We are going to arbitration,” Follmer said.

He said the arbitration process could take months, but if the officer is successful he could receive back pay for the days he was suspended.