It doesn't pay to joke around at the Hallandale Beach Police Department.
Officer Josue Hernandez found out the hard way.
Hernandez, 28, filled out more than a dozen community contact cards with the names of sports celebrities and long dead historical figures.
The joke got him a 10-day suspension without pay, said Sgt. Terence Thouez, who conducted the Internal Affairs investigation.
Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy decided the punishment. Flournoy could not be reached for comment Friday despite a call to his cellphone.
Hernandez cannot comment without the chief's permission, Thouez said. Hernandez joined the department in 2007, that same year that his brother, Maury Hernandez, a former Broward sheriff's deputy, survived a gunshot to the head.
Union leader Jeff Marano said he didn't know whether Josue Hernandez was appealing his suspension.
Hernandez came under investigation after his supervisor noticed some odd names listed on his community contact cards, Thouez said.
The cards provide a snapshot of the people an officer has talked to while making patrols.
Hernandez. claimed to have talked to several celebrities, including Dwayne Johnson, the wrestler-turned-actor commonly known as "The Rock;" Johnny Bench, former catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Howard Schnellenberger, former coach for the Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes; and "Downtown" Eddie Brown, former football player for the Hurricanes and Cincinnati Bengals.
He also listed the names of Samuel Clemens, the distinguished 19th-century novelist otherwise known as Mark Twain; Alexander Hamilton, one of the country's founding fathers and the nation's first treasury secretary; Samuel Morse, inventor of the Morse code; and Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States from 1801 to 1805.
Next to Clemens' name, the officer wrote "Loves poetry."
Next to Hamilton's name, he wrote "Enjoys studying economics."
Next to "The Rock's" name, he wrote "Stated he likes to wrestle."
When Thouez questioned the officer last month, Hernandez said it was all just a joke.
He apologized and promised it would not happen again, records show.
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