As some may know, I hold the Miami police to a very low regard. The very few interactions I have had with them made it pretty clear that if they were the ambassadors, the Miami police is corrupt. Below is the story from the Miami Herald about what seems to be a “big deal” with the Miami Police and the Florida Highway Patrol. The big deal is that one police officer followed the law and one did not. The one that did is being put down by  the Miami police. This is the story from the Herald, and of course, my 2 cents are in red.

Reckless driving charge against Miami police officer sparks tension with FHP
By Charles Rabin

A reckless-driving charge against a Miami police officer by a state trooper has spurred tension between some law officers, and has led to threats and insults against the trooper who wrote the ticket. Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Miami police officer on Oct. 11 after a seven-minute-long high speed chase on Florida’s Turnpike in Broward County.

First came the controversial [controversial HOW?] traffic stop, cop vs. cop on Florida’s Turnpike, recorded on dash-cam video that went viral showing a state trooper pursuing, cuffing and detaining a hyper-speeding Miami police officer at gunpoint. Now comes the aftermath: Some Miami police officers are not only defending their compatriot [but of course they would. All gangs would], they are threatening and insulting the Florida Highway Patrol trooper who had the nerve to write him a ticket for reckless driving.

If professional courtesy is a two-way street, it looks like the encounter between Miami Officer Fausto Lopez and Trooper Donna Jane Watts [Good job, Ms. Watts] has dropped a massive roadblock between factions in their two agencies [gangs]. The grudge match has been playing out in hundreds of tit-for-tat postings on a law enforcement blog. In this corner, Miami: “I would have loved for Watts to try and pull me over in my marked unit and draw her gun on me! She would have a very rude awakening,’’ [And then when it happens to you, the public is expected to feel bad for you?] an anonymous writer posted Monday. “I would wait til I got to my district, called all my boys, and then you Miss Watts will be very SORRY!!’ [Citizens should do that to you too when you act like criminals?]

On the other side, FHP: “The dumb ass shouldn’t be doing 122 miles per hour that is RECKLESS,’’ posted another writer [Reckless and illegal. A non-police officer would be charged with Reckless Driving and arrested, but no, not the police]. “What if it’s your family that idiot rear-ends and kills, will you still want FHP to be so lenient?’’ [If one of them rear eneded and killed my family, he should pack his belongings up and move immediately] The growing tension was heightened Sunday when Sgt. Javier Ortiz, vice president of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the city’s 1,000-plus officers, attacked Watts [Wait, the VP of the Fraternal Order of Police attacked her for doing her job? That means he’s pro-illegal conduct. That makes him an enabler of criminal activity in my eyes]and defended Lopez in a letter to union members. He accused Watts of just wanting to ticket a Miami cop. [How about the fact that the dickwad was going over 120 miles per hour just because he has a different job than the rest of us?] “Officer Lopez was extremely professional, [other than the clear abuse of power, lack of responsibility and accountability] ’’ Ortiz wrote. “Many of us would have acted differently if a fellow cop pulled a gun on them [It’s only a problem because it’s a “fellow cop”? If a dirty cop pulls a gun on anyone, they should be treated as criminals too]. I would have thought she possibly was a Baker Act that stole an FHP car and a uniform, [No, if she was unstable she wouldn’t have followed THE LAW, you dick.] ’’ he wrote, using a legal term for mentally unstable people who are considered dangerous. He went on to tell officers: “Please do not get to her level and begin taking action against Troopers because of the poor decisions of one. … Do not be running her information on DAVID, FCIC/NCIC, etc., [Call me a conspiracy theorist, but that almost sounds like he was suggesting that they do it] ’’ referring to law enforcement databases that contain criminal records, addresses and dates of birth. Such databases are to be used only for law enforcement purposes, not to gain personal information.

The bickering is about a mid-morning Oct. 11 incident that took place in the south-bound lanes of the Turnpike near the Hollywood exit. In an FHP offense report, Watts said Lopez passed her, weaving in and out of traffic, at speeds over 120 mph. The dash cam video from her patrol car shows Watts following Lopez for five minutes, with his patrol car generally too far ahead to be seen on camera. As she finally nears him, she turns on her siren and lights for two minutes before he pulls over. Watts wrote that after she hit her siren, “the driver ignored my lights and siren and again accelerated, changing lanes to the outside lane, back into the center lane, back across to the outside lane and then back to the inside lane. He slowed to 78 mph, but then accelerated again, continuing to change lanes in and out of traffic.”

On the 45-minute video, Lopez is seen eventually pulling over against the concrete highway median and stopping. Lopez’s attorney, Bill Matthewman, said his client wasn’t aware he was being ordered to pull over [Of course it was confusion. The police are used to doing this type of thing and never having accountability or responsibility because their badge places them above the law and nothing is ever done], and was simply trying to get out of the trooper’s way until he realized she was tailing him [I usually get out of the way by getting on the shoulder, but I guess weaving in and out of traffic at twice the speed limit works too]. The video then shows Watts exiting her car and drawing her weapon as she approaches the Miami patrol car. “Put your hands out the window right now,” she barked. Lopez, who is extremely polite throughout the incident [What else was he supposed to be?], was then handcuffed and placed in the back of Watts’ vehicle. “Oh my God, I can not believe this,” [Of course you can’t. You probably did this all the time with the knowledge that nobody would or could do anything about it.] Lopez is heard saying to himself. After Lopez tells Watts he never noticed her marked car [In his defense, bright flashing lights and a loud siren DO tend to blend in], he added, “Honestly, the handcuffs are not necessary, ma’am. I’m a police officer. I would never handcuff you, ever.” [But you WOULD handcuff anyone else who did any other job except police who did the same shit you did. Douchebag]

A short while later Watts told Lopez she thought he might be driving a stolen patrol car. Almost 20 minutes into the video, Watts can be heard saying to a supervisor on the phone, “He was detained. He was not under arrest. Okay, I’ll do it.” She then went into the back of her vehicle and apparently removed the handcuffs [Wrong move. If that were me, they would never have uncuffed me]. A short while later Lopez was escorted to another FHP car that had pulled up. He spent a few minutes inside that vehicle, then walked back to his patrol car and drove away [Yet again, I would never have been let go]. Lopez was never arrested but was charged with reckless driving, a second-degree misdemeanor. He is back patrolling the city’s central district [Of course he is. Corruption goes higher. I bet they didn’t expect it to hit the news]. Watts, too, is on the job, according to the FHP [Give her a raise for the ticket, but a warning for having let the guy go or having called her supervisor just because he was a police officer], despite blog postings stating she had been suspended for not obeying her supervisor’s purported orders to stop the pursuit.

“He’ll be pleading not guilty,” [because he has no shame, respect, honesty or accountability] Matthewman said. “Maybe he was going too fast [Maybe? The speed limit on the turnpike is 60, not 120]. To me this has been blown out of proportion.” [why? because the illegal activity was exposed? You can’t put the monsters back into Pandora’s box] Yet to be answered: Did Watts check to see if the car had been reported stolen while she was following it? [did she have to? he was going at least double the speed limit] Did a supervisor order her to stop her pursuit? [If he did, he should be fired for corruption] Did Watts violate FHP regulations or training in any way, particularly when she pulled her weapon and approached the car instead of waiting for back-up from a safe distance? [that would be a training issue and it is irrelevant to the pulling over and ticketing] FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky, an agency spokesman, told The Miami Herald he believed Watts was in the process of checking if the car was stolen when Lopez pulled over. He said he did not know if a supervisor told her to stop her pursuit. He declined to comment on FHP protocols, saying, “The video speaks for itself.’’ “The actions she took were based on the driving pattern of the officer,’’ Wysocky said. “He was detained to determine why he was driving in that fashion.”

The blogosphere, meanwhile, is captivated by the controversy. Hundreds of anonymous comments have been posted on LEOAFFAIRS.com, which calls itself The Voice of Law Enforcement Online.Though numerous threats and personal attacks have been directed at Watts, and purported members of both agencies are threatening to retaliate [like a gang] or not to back each other up in emergencies [like criminals], there is no easy way to tell if the writers are actually law officers [because the between rats and men, only men stand up and say what they believe and stick with the consequences].

“She is an unfortunate-looking woman, her behavior probably has something to do with it,’’ a pro-Miami writer said about Watts. [that sounds very intelligent. I bet it’s a Miami police officer] “Miami cops should be used to riding handcuffed in the back seat,’’ [not enough of them] wrote an FHP supporter. “So many get arrested for rape, murder, corruption, etc.’’ [and those are the ones that can’t be swept under the rug so imagine that] Interim Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa declined to comment on the blog postings or the incident, which is under investigation by Internal Affairs. The FHP’s Wysocky likewise declined to address the blog postings.

I also have something to mention about the corrupt Miami police:  On the way to the turnpike North (by the Dolphin Mall) I seem to time my day just perfectly to see the same patrol call commit a few infractions. I have seen this patrol call makes the turn onto the turnpike from NW 12th Street from a lane which is NOT a left turn lane to save time because there was traffic. He has run the red light to get on as the light is slow. Once he is on the turnpike he guns it and weaves in and out of traffic to get to whatever “emergency” he is attending to daily. Next time he runs the red, I’m running it with him. I have started trying to video this ass-clown but have not been successful yet.

Also, a few years ago a hurricane was on the way. My then wife and I went to a gas station to fill up our vehicle. After waiting a long time we were finally the second vehicles in line. Suddenly a police vehicle came in with lights on and stopped me from going to the pump and allowed a vehicle that was following them to use it instead. I honked the horn to get the police officer’s attention and asked him if there was a reason why these people did not have to make a line and got a police escort. He said they were County employees so I asked why the person was wearing a McDonald’s uniform. He then said it was also “because I said so” and threatened to give me a ticket for disturbing the peace for having honked my horn to get his attention! I researched emails for the City and County, the police and even a few news places to describe what had happened to us and we NEVER got a response from ANYONE. I even sent it again a few months later. Nothing. I had even sent the day, time and license plate of the police vehicle  but nobody gave a shit. Why would they? They know this happens and there isn’t anyone to do anything about it. It’s almost a perk of the position. I would join the police, but I actually want to live a positive and honest life. That seems counter productive. *update* I found the license plate it was 203-568 *

That said, I hope I’m lucky enough to video tape the guy who does it on a daily. I’d love to post it and if you guys ever take a good photo or video that YOU took of misconduct, it would thrill me to post it.

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  3. Kristina says:

    The only thing I will say is both officers acted outside of the law and the SOPs set forth by the state. Officers are no longer allowed to engage in a chase for a traffic offense. The Miami officer was behaving irresponsibly, illegally, and should absolutely receive punishment (IMO he should not be working until the investigation is complete). The state trooper, though doing her job, reacted in a manner that if it had not been an officer that she had stopped, she would have been written up for engaging in a chase, disobeying direct orders, and conducting what she believed to be a felony stop without backup (completely going against SOPs and putting herself in major danger if the vehicle had been stolen). The reason Florida has outlawed chases for non-felony infractions is b\c instead of having one bone headed person driving at 120 mph, now you have two. Should the Miami police officer have been driving the way he was? Absolutely not. Should he punished accordingly? 100 percent. He is an officer who broke the law and IMO officers are and should be held to higher standards than civilians. Is that wrong of me? Maybe b\c officers are human beings too. But as a woman who is currently in law enforcement and looking to advance my career in the field, I am very aware of my actions and I conduct myself accordingly so if anybody attempts to insinuate that I am acting improperly, there will be plenty of evidence to prove otherwise. Do all officers think this way? Sadly no, including this trooper who has violated SOPs and failed to follow direct orders on top of being very outspoken in regard to her disgust for the Miami police, as well as the Miami Police officer who was dangerously driving on the highway and breaking the very laws he has promised to uphold. She has that right to her opinion (sometimes fact) and I understand that she needed to do her job, but in this case, the proper thing to do is to take the vehicle number and notify Miami P.D. Would Miami P.D. have done anything with it? That is not for me to say, but IMO both officers acted like bone heads.

    (Was I PC enough? LOL)

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