Colorado

Jul 8, 2010 11:48 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Douglas Bruce: Officer sent disparaging e-mail

Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce says a Colorado Springs police detective sent him a disparaging message from the city e-mail system.

The e-mail asked, "Punch any reporters lately?" Bruce, a former state representative, kicked a news photographer on the floor of the state House in 2008.

Detective Matthew Hulett acknowledged to the Colorado Springs Gazette that he sent the e-mail. Hulett says it was "dumb" and that he tried to stop the e-mail after sending it but couldn't.

Police say they may launch an internal investigation. It's unclear what sanctions Hulett might face.

Bruce is the author of Colorado's tough constitutional limits on government spending and has been critical of the Colorado Springs City Council and police.

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