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Fla. Trooper Who Stopped
Cop Sues After Harassment

Associated Press, by Curt Anderson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/11/2014 4:47:49 AM

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over. Not certain who was behind the wheel, she approached the car warily, with gun drawn, according video from her cruiser´s dashboard camera. "Put your hands out of the window! Right now!" she yelled. It turned out the driver was Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez, in full uniform. Watts holstered

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/11/2014 5:19:48 AM     (No. 9727587)

Fellow officers in other jurisdictions were concerned about her so they looked up her drivers license information so they could harass her.

Does anyone believe that one? I hope the suit goes through and they all have to pay.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grace1798, 2/11/2014 5:39:01 AM     (No. 9727597)

At work, I was trying to dial area code 611, and hit 9 instead of 6. I hung up right away and proceeded to call again and finally was able to connect with the client I was calling. But I received a call back from 911 asking if everything was alright. I told them yes, it was just an accident. SO ..they sent over an officer to my place of work! He asked my boss if everything was alright ..as if I was some kind of criminal! I was so horribly embarrassed! I asked him WHY they felt the need to come to my office when I told the 911 girl it was an accident. After that, these local police kept harassing me with phone calls and trying to find out about our business to GET EVEN with me for being EMBARRASSED! They got the local county tax after us.......it just doesn´t end. This is how SICK they are. Maybe I should sue too!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/11/2014 6:30:49 AM     (No. 9727625)

#2, instead of feeling harassed, you should be grateful your police department is carefully following procedures. I agree about being embarrassed, however, because I went through a similar experience. I stupidly programmed 911 to be the first button on my landline phone. One morning, in the dark, I punched what I thought was the second button to call my husband at work. When the police department answered, I realized my error and, like you, profusely apologized and explained. But I was told an officer would have to come to the house anyway. When he arrived, I explained again that it was my mistake. He was very nice, but asked me to step outside while he searched the house for a possible intruder.

Yes, I was mortified, but I was very appreciative of the diligence.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Michaelus, 2/11/2014 6:31:21 AM     (No. 9727626)

Good foe Trooper Watts. Police are not allowed to break laws actually - this will come as a shock to shock people. It is illegal for police cars to speed unless they are in pursuit or responding - but they do it all the time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hershey, 2/11/2014 6:49:48 AM     (No. 9727634)

You know what, I´m so sick of people trashing police officers...

They never want one around until they really need one.

There is an old saying, ´before you judge a person walk a mile in their moccasins..´

As far as 911 calls, would you rather the operator just take your word, or send someone to make sure you are ok?

And yes, the officers responsible for harassing this trooper should be held responsible.

BUT ALL POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOT BAD!!!!

And yes, I am a police officer....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 2/11/2014 6:51:05 AM     (No. 9727637)

Heaven forbid that a normal citizen should do something that offends the sensibilities of one of a law enforcement officer. The end result of almost any action can be physical injury or even death. We are now seriously into the realm of a police state in this country. Almost everybody is afraid of police today and with good reason. This really needs to be rolled back, and soon, if we are to feel like we live in a free society again.

Interestingly this may be one area that the political left and right are finding agreement on now.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/11/2014 8:13:07 AM     (No. 9727725)

You know what, I am sick of thugs, bullies and criminals infilitrating our law enforcement agencies and acting like they are above the law. They are public servents and they need to quit abusing their authority and start following the laws that they are suppose to enforce.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: texaspast, 2/11/2014 8:14:08 AM     (No. 9727732)

#5, having spent years and years working WITH police officers (and sheriff´s deputies), I have come to the conclusion that there are 5 types of people who go into police work. You are probably one of the majority, professionals who do a good job under difficult circumstances with little positive feedback. I applaud you for your absolutely necessary role in keeping our society from falling completely apart. But there are also two bad types that go into law enforcement: the guys who were the ´tough-guys´ in school, who now have a badge to back up their bullying hobby, and the guy who was picked on in school and now has a badge that allows him to DEMAND respect, and get even. From what I have seen, there are some of each in most police departments.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 2/11/2014 8:22:38 AM     (No. 9727738)

I´m sorry, but she was right to pull him over but once his ID checked out, a warning was appropriate not cuffs.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: The Architect, 2/11/2014 8:28:03 AM     (No. 9727750)

Trooper Watts was exactly right to do what she did. Using a police car in excess of 120 mile per hour because you are late for your second job? Really? It always amazes me how little respect the police have for the very same laws they demand we obey. Have you ever noticed that stop lights and stop signs are optional for police. Same with no parking zones. And I really hate the condescending attitude some of them have when you´ve been stopped. Yes, they are necessary and yes, a great many of them perform their jobs admirably with little or no recognition, but there are quite a few who abuse their positions.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 2/11/2014 8:32:38 AM     (No. 9727756)

The worst thing about the police is how we have militarized them.

Even in small towns there are SWAT teams.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/11/2014 10:21:46 AM     (No. 9727938)

Now we have to fix the axiom..."When seconds count the police are minutes away." to

When seconds count the police are speeding somewhere but not to here.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: US Veteran, 2/11/2014 10:50:10 AM     (No. 9728009)

Maybe Officer Lopez heard ´´free donuts´´ over the radio...give him a break

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