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A remarkably restrained Florida sheriff's deputy calmly thanked an angry driver he'd pulled over for speeding and walked away after she told him: "You know what? No wonder you people get shot."
The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office released dashcam video Thursday of the incident last week. Neither the driver nor the deputy were identified.
In the video, the deputy explains that the woman has been pulled over for driving 51 mph in a 20-mph school zone.
She spends much of the stop begging to get off with a warning, but the deputy rejects her request on the grounds that she was speeding through a school zone.
Near the end, after getting the ticket, she says, "You know what? No wonder you people get shot. You're absolute a--holes."
To which the deputy calmly responds: "OK, thank you ma'am. I appreciate that."
He then tells her to "drive safe."
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw called the incident "disappointing" on Thursday.
"This is a deputy trying to make sure that children are safe and don't get killed in a school zone. He was doing his job," Bradshaw told NBC station WPTV of West Palm Beach. "And I think it's totally unacceptable for somebody to talk to a deputy or any law enforcement officer like that, when that's what they are trying to do — to protect our children."
Replies to the post on the sheriff's office's Twitter account praised and thanked the deputy for his restraint.