Fired Florida Cop: We Don't Ticket Lawmakers
Lawsuit over dismissal alleges unspoken rule
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2013 6:18 PM CDT
A lawmaker didn't appreciate his non-speeding ticket.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Florida state trooper Charles Swindle says he was "trying to be nice" when he gave state lawmaker Charles McBurney a $10 ticket for failing to show proof of insurance, instead of one for going 87mph in a 70mph. "I'm cutting you a break on this one," he told him. But McBurney didn't see it that way. He complained to Swindle's superiors, saying he was never speeding in the first place, and got Swindle fired, the Miami Herald reports. Now, Swindle is fighting to get his job back—and revealing an unflattering highway patrol secret in the process.

Swindle is accusing the patrol of having a standing policy of not ticketing lawmakers, because they determine its budget. "This stinks," Swindle's attorney says. "The FHP can’t have it both ways, with a policy of discretion to cut breaks to legislators who are speeding and then turn around and fire them." But a patrol spokesman says the story is "horse hockey," and that there is no such policy.

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rwreck80
Apr 3, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
that lawmaker mcburney is a piece of shit ,and he should quit,because he is a coward bastard-a liar-a scumbag,the cop should keep the story alive and run for mayor of that town. florida is as bad as california,a shit hole,dont vacation in florida,dont haul any thing to floride with your big truck-EVER.
augie2
Mar 29, 2013 8:38 PM CDT
They would be the first ones to get a ticket in my books. Crooked bastards.
logicaldood
Mar 29, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
A corrupt politician? Say it isn't so! Another example of someone with wealth or power over the ordinary citizen. But to get the cop fired? What a low life scumbag. Hope that politician dies in a fiery crash.