Police Officer Suspended For Dunking Head In Bucket Of Urine While Tailgating
MENTOR, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) — An Ohio police officer has been suspended after dunking his head in a bucket of urine while tailgating before a Cleveland Browns game.
The Mentor Police Department suspended Phil Croucher, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, for two days while nine other officers were issued written reprimands, according to The News-Herald.
Video of the incident, which has more than 296,000 views on YouTube, shows Croucher being egged on to dunk his head in a five-gallon bucket of urine for $450 on Oct. 14.
“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,” Mentor Police Chief Dan Llewellyn wrote in a disciplinary notice, according to the paper.
WKYC-TV reports that Croucher was placed on administrative leave until he passed a medical evaluation last Friday.
“The fact money was collected for this “dare,” should not detract from (Croucher) assuming final responsibility for this poor decision,” Lt. Tom Powers wrote in the notice, according to The News-Herald.
The off-duty officers were using the bucket as a makeshift urinal during the tailgate.
Croucher has appealed his suspension.