Speeding to Oblivion

From Colorado:

A Denver police officer fired for driving 88 mph above the speed limit while intoxicated has appealed his dismissal, arguing that the penalty is unfair and overly harsh.

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Saunders was traveling 143 mph in a 55-mph zone on June 17, 2010, according to the order terminating him, issued by Manager of Safety Alex Martinez on Dec. 7.

Pretty clear. Right? He wasn’t doing 59 or 61 or even 71 mph. He was doing 143 miles per hour. So he got fired. Sounds equitable. Oh, and the article states that he did this while over the legal limit for alcohol and with a passenger–so not only did he have the potential for endangering others outside his vehicle, he had the immediate potential for endangering his passenger.

Now, he wants his job back. And who is backing him in this display of Rocky Mountain chutzpah? Why the union, of course:

The penalty is “disproportionate to the offenses alleged and/or is excessive so as to be punitive rather than corrective in nature,” according to the appeal, filed by the Denver Police Protective Association’s lawyers.

Is it any wonder that actions like this help to move the modern labor union ever closer to its demise? Unbelievable.

2 thoughts on “Speeding to Oblivion

  1. Have to wonder what the police union would think about me driving 87mph over the speed limit while intoxicated…

    Also have to wonder what the other cops in the union think about using their dues this way.

    1. They’d probably give you a job with the local. Unfortunately, other officers in the union have probably bought into the premise that these jobs are theirs for life.

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