Crime

Oct 21, 2009 9:18 AM by Associated Press

Nurse sues to get job back after spat with police

A nurse is suing to get her job back, saying she was fired after she told a Colorado Springs police
officer who cited her for speeding that she hoped he was never one of her patients.

Miriam Leverington says in her lawsuit against the city that her free speech rights were violated when she was fired from the city-owned Memorial Health System after officer Duaine Peters pulled her over in December.

She says Peters told her he would tell her bosses she threatened him. The City Attorney's Office says Peters perceived Leverington's statement as a threat.

Leverington says Peters was rude when he pulled her over and that her comment simply meant she hoped to never interact with him again. Police declined to comment.

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