Trooper looses job after cutting lawmaker break on a ticket

04/01/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Florida – A Florida highway patrolman was fired after cutting a lawmaker a break on a ticket. As reported by, now Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Swindle was terminated from his job after failing to issue a ticket to Jacksonville Republican lawmaker Rep. Charles McBurney, who subsequently wrote a letter to Col. David Brierton, director of the FHP, regarding his traffic stop.

McBurney is quoted in the report as stating in the letter, “If those who enforce our laws fail to meet the highest ethical standards, there is erosion of that confidence. I am concerned that as Trooper Swindle acted in such fashion to me, that he would do so to any law-abiding citizen of our state.”

Swindle is further quoted as stating of the matter to IG investigators, “I was honestly just trying to be nice and cut him a break, I mean that’s the reason why, I was trying to be nice.”

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