Drunken speeding is no reason to be fired, says ex-cop Derrick Saunders
The Denver Police Department has had a difficult time firing bad cops over the past few years. And while the Department of Safety finally made some headway in 2011, it still has issues.
For example, when Derrick Curtis Saunders was canned earlier this month, a whopping eighteen months after he was busted driving 143 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone...at night...while drunk, it seemed like a good move. Late, but good.
But, as is often the case with Denver cops, Saunders doesn't feel like he has been treated fairly -- and he's appealing Manager of Safety Alex Martinez's termination order. In it, Saunders claims that being fired was "disproportionate to the offenses alleged and/or is excessive so as to be punitive rather than corrective in nature."
The Colorado State Patrol may have said that he was driving 88 miles over the speed limit and with a blood-alcohol level of .089 percent, but, hey, at least he wasn't driving 100 miles over the speed limit with a blood-alcohol content of .1. Right?
Wrong. Time for Saunders to look for a new job. Maybe McDonald's is hiring.
For more shmucky behavior, see our 2011 Hall of Shame.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.
- Big Pot Grow in Routt National Forest an Environmental Hazard, Feds Say
Fri., Sep. 4, 7:00pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:30pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 7:30pm
- Reader: Denver Is Safe Because Cops Will Crack Your F*cking Skull
- Saying Goodbye to 8 Denver-Area Restaurants, Hello to 21 New Ones