JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper is off the job after multiple complaints, including one written by Florida House Representative Charles McBurney of Jacksonville.
Trooper Charles M. Swindle was dismissed on March 15, 2013. His dismissal letter lists under "Factual Allegations" two traffic stops for speeding he conducted on November 19, 2012. In both cases, the driver pulled over alleges that the trooper never asked for proof of insurance. In each case, the drivers were cited for "Failure to Display Proof of Insurance."
One of the complainants was Florida State Representative Charles McBurney. In a written complaint, he stated that he was pulled over by Trooper Swindle on his way from Jacksonville to Tallahassee for state business.
The dismissal letter for Trooper Swindle claims he showed conduct unbecoming a public employee, bad judgment and he circumvented the legal process.
Swindle was given the right to appeal. It is unclear, at this point, if he has done so.