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Drunken speeding is no reason to be fired, says ex-cop Derrick Saunders

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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.

(Saunders, by the way, is also the guy who made our 2009 Year in Review issue after he was accused (and later cleared) of pointing his pistol at a McDonald's employee to speed up his order.)

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.


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Guest
Guest

I am friends with this guy, and let me tell you. He is one of the nicest human beings I have ever meet.  He was acquitted for the McDonald incident because there was no evidence to prove he did point a gun.  It was a "he said this and he said this" thing.  In fact the employee called 6 hours after the supposed incident happened. Denver has the strictest disciplinary matrix in CO.  The Manager of Safety was biased in his decision and didn't go by the defense matrix the department goes by. So Derrick's termination was unjustified. Cops are judged to be near perfect beings. A celebrity and a cop get a DUI. The cop is always going to make front page.  The thousand positive actions we make for our community are shadowed by one negative incident. And as always it's always the cops fault for your own actions.  People need to take accountability these days.  http://youtu.be/nl8iqKBWXPg <--- here is a video of Derrick, judge for yourself.  

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matt gordon
matt gordon

A cop can point his gun at a drive-thru employee and is exonerated.

A citizen tosses sandwich back at drive-thru employee and is arrested.

Remember that 'liberty and justice for all' pledge was created as an advertising gimmick for a flag maker to sell more flags.

debonair
debonair

Yea maybe if he had been going 145mph  while drunk in a 55 mph zone I could understand them firing him,but not 143 mph........

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Stevebeast
Stevebeast

Doesnt everyone who gets a DUI lose their license??? and doesnt everyone who drives for a living lose their job along with their license? MADDENING!!!!! Seriosly, its a good thing he is on the second teir of our legal system, driving over a 100 mph is a felony to the rest of us.

Streets
Streets

Just another Hero...........

Mark
Mark

The Denver Police have always considered drinking and driving to be a perk of the job.  I was drinking with a police officer in the 80s and he said "I'll drive you, I have the badge".  We got pulled over (we were hammered) and he showed his badge and we drove on.

KaDargo
KaDargo

Wants his job back?  Had it been you or me, we would still be in jail awaiting trial to be sentenced to even more time.  Also, it would be quite a while before any of us would see our driver's license back.  No one is above the law!  Fuck him!

DUI? What DUI?
DUI? What DUI?

This is ridiculous. There are so many jobs out there that will not hire/fire someone with a DUI in their past. This asscan really needs to look at the world around him. If the Denver Police allow it then every other job that does DUI background checks should allow it too.

Monkey
Monkey

Wow, the big-mac thing was great. Take away his badge and uniform and he would not last a year acting like that, and I don't mean arrested, I mean disarmed and killed. I know if I saw someone other than a uniform pointing a gun at a McDonald's employee the last thing going through their brain would be a bullet, and I would probably get a free burger.  Beat down a uniform and you go to jail, beat down an ass-hole with a gun and you're the neighborhood hero. If that uniform is so important, maybe we should make them neon pink, blue is hard to see at night and makes for a great defense.

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

Hey, give the guy a break. He could have been hurrying home to get dressed for work, on his own dime, poor guy.

GetReal
GetReal

Ripping people off.  It's another one of those too good to be true scams!

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