Anyone who has watched Harvey Keitel and/or Nicholas Cage chew up the scenery in the two “Bad Lieutenant” movies knows how delightful it can be to be a truly evil policeman. The problem, of course, is that most cops aren’t anything like that. Officer Derrick Saunders, on the other hand, does all the fun stuff that us civvies like to think we’d do with the protection of the badge. When McDonald’s was a little slow with his order, he allegedly put a pistol in someone’s face about it. Come on! You’d do the same thing, wouldn’t you? And when he felt like having a drink and busting along at one hundred and forty-three awesome miles per hour, he just went ahead and did it!
Now, thanks to TTAC reader dfp21, we have an update on the kind of swift justice that the system has meted out to Officer Saunders.
According to the Daily Caller, “troubled policeman” Saunders was reinstated by a three-person Civil Service Commission panel.
“[T]he disciplinary action of termination far exceeds the discipline given to other officers in comparative or greater misconduct cases,” the commissioners said.
What’s “comparative” to this? Did some cop get lit up recently and tool down the freeway at 142 miles per hour? City safety manager Alex Martinez is appealing the reinstatement, but while he does, Officer Saunders’ license to kill is back in full e-fizz-ect, yo. TTAC’s advice for Denver residents? Better hurry up with those fries.