Picture of a Cleveland police officer creates controversy

CLEVELAND -- A picture of a Cleveland Police officer in the Muni Lot is creating quite the controversy.

The picture appears to be of a fan in the Muni Lot, alongside Patrolman Carl Dooley, who is possibly helping to hold a beer bong.

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Most fans say, if the picture is what it truly looks like, they defend the officer.

"Everybody's out here before a football game to have fun, that's what it's all about, have fun, go to the game and enjoy yourself," said tailgater Joseph Mcelwain.

The picture appeared on a website called "The Chive."

Cleveland Police aren't saying much until an investigation is complete.

"From a first appearance, it does not seem appropriate. It's been turned over to our inspections unit and they're looking into it right now," said Sgt. Ali Pillow with Cleveland Police.

Police tell us that Patrolman Dooley has one of the new field training officer insignia's on his sleeve.

They say it's a new addition this year which makes them believe the photo is recent.

Even though the city says it's cracking down on open containers, some fans fear that a picture like this will end tailgating as they know it.

"That's what tailgating is about. Don't take our fun away, we are having fun. I understand some people getting out of control, but having fun is having fun," said Browns fan Jeanette Patton.

The officer has not been suspended. He is still on the job while the investigation gets underway.

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