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Careful what you say to a cop when you're pulled over.

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Speaking your mind to a police officer during a traffic stop is not free speech, according to the Tenth Circuit US Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel ruled Thursday that Colorado Springs, Colorado Police Officer Duaine Peters did nothing wrong in having Miriam Leverington fired from her job as a nurse at Memorial Health System for talking back after he wrote her a speeding citation.

Peters had been running a speed trap on an exit from Interstate 25 on December, 17, 2008. He pulled over Leverington and the interaction quickly became "less than cordial." After being handed her ticket, Leverington told Peters that she hoped she never had him as a patient.

"I hope not too, because maybe I'll call your supervisor and tell her you threatened me," Peters fired back.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/34/3475.asp

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This is the right decision. The public concern exception does not apply in this situation.

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While it may be legally the right decision, I think it was a dick move on the officers part. If she had stated "You better hope you're never a patient of mine" that would be more of a threat. Instead, she said "I hope you're never a patient of mine" which could very easily mean that she didn't want to have to interact with him ever again.

Of course we will never know what led up to the comments made. To ruin someones lively-hood because you were maybe insulted is a horribly unconscionable thing to do.

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I think that this has been posted before... what she said was a threat plain and simple. Dumb thing to say imo.

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This is the right decision. The public concern exception does not apply in this situation.

I think that this has been posted before... what she said was a threat plain and simple. Dumb thing to say imo.

Agree. its amazing how many of these "bad cop" instances could be avoided if you follow a simple rule...don't fug with cops.

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I think that this has been posted before... what she said was a threat plain and simple. Dumb thing to say imo.

Yeah, I agree it was a stupid thing to say.

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Freedom of speech does not equal freedom from responsibility for saying stupid things.

ps BOTH of the people involved in this situation seem to be pricks.

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Cop should have said, I also hope I am never a patient of yours, since you seem to be an idiot, and then left it at that.

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Being honest and polite kept my ass away from an underage drinking ticket.

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Being honest and polite kept my ass away from an underage drinking ticket.

Same. Cops told me to drive home too.

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Being honest and polite is always the best policy. It's gotten me out of all kinds of poo.

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Never try to outdick a cop.

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