Cleveland officer suspended for downed power line faces administrative charges for Facebook comments

Officer may be in hotwater for his Facebook page

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police officer suspended for not checking on a down power line is facing new administrative charges.

Officer Gary Steigelmeyer made comments on his Facebook page possibly in violation of the department's social media policy, a mayor's office spokeswoman said. A hearing date has not been set.

Steigelmeyer came under fire because he was asked to check on a down power line on East 130th street and Iroquois Avenue in November. The officer said he saw a down telephone line.

Later that day, 12-year-old Gasia Thomas touched the wire and was shocked. Her family filed a lawsuit against the city.

Steigelmeyer was suspended for 20 days without pay for that incident.

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