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#1 Floppin

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:40 AM

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.


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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:51 AM

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

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:57 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 07:58 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:00 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:00 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:17 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:22 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:30 AM

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

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:41 AM

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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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:45 AM

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

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:31 AM

Never try to outdick a cop.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:49 AM

Everyone just stfu and bend over and take the non-consensual buttsex and liek it.

Maybe next time the police will be courteous enough to use some lubricant.

If this jackass really had a leg to stand on, he would have arrested her on the spot for communicating a threat against a government employee. But it would have just been thrown out.

Instead this littledick went and made it personal because of his own inferiority complex, which is what drove him to be a police officer in the first place.

Anyone that justifies these kind of actions when there is a more appropriate recourse is a tool and a sheep.

Edited by Porn Shop Clerk, 15 May 2011 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:59 AM

Everyone just stfu and bend over and take the non-consensual buttsex and liek it.

Maybe next time the police will be courteous enough to use some lubricant.

If this jackass really had a leg to stand on, he would have arrested her on the spot for communicating a threat against a government employee. But it would have just been thrown out.

Instead this littledick went and made it personal because of his own inferiority complex, which is what drove him to be a police officer in the first place.

Anyone that justifies these kind of actions when there is a more appropriate recourse is a tool and a sheep.


There is a big difference between justifying these actions and saying they were not illegal. Both people in this situation acted reprehensibly. The woman, however caused her own problem by being a prick. The fact that the cop was also a prick does not excuse her or remove her responsibility for her own actions.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:03 AM

I'm not defending the nurse, but I happen to hold police officers to a higher standard.

Plenty of jackasses in both professions, but you have a legal right to refuse medical service.


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