Skip to comments.Florida trooper who pulled over 120mph police officer sues for $500,000
Posted on 02/11/2014 6:44:15 AM PST by moonshinner_09
A Highway Patrol trooper who caught another officer speeding to an off-duty job at 120mph is suing for more than $500,000 - saying his allies harassed her after he was fired. Florida's Donna Jane Watts made national headlines after handcuffing Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez, while he was in full uniform and driving a police car. Since the incident in 2011 she claims she has had threatening calls on her cell phone, police cars idling outside her house and fellow officers accessing her private driver's license information. Ms Watts - who is suing more than 25 police agencies - said she is even afraid to open her mailbox. Other calls included prank calls and orders for pizza, she claimed. In a lawsuit she said law enforcement officers had long been known to band together and protect each other, but her case took things too far. According to her lawyer, she suspected her private driver's license information was being accessed by fellow officers, so she made a public records request with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It allegedly showed at least 88 law enforcement officers from 25 different agencies accessed Watts' driver's license information more than 200 times - in just three months. Ms Watts is suing those police agencies and the individual officers under the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, a 1994 law that provides for a penalty of $2,500 for each violation if the information was improperly accessed. Watts' attorney, Mirta Desir, said it was clear most of the officers had no legitimate reason to look up her data. If all the searches were found illegal, Watts could receive more than $500,000.
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Which part of this story do you think puts us in 3rd world status? Hard to tell these days.
“The world use to laugh with us.The world is now laughing at us.”
Every morning when I open FreeRepublic, I wonder what horror I will see. It never ceases to amaze me....and to think, some think that I am a stupid jerk for not being there to enjoy it.
The War on Men continues...
When you start to pick and choose which laws you want to enforce, you’re a banana republic.
One officer claimed he accessed her DL records out of concern for a fellow officer when he heard rumors that she was being harassed. Riiiiiight!
Just exactly how does her DL information help you protect her?
Pigs they get what pigs deserve. Pigs are no better than the rest of us and if an officer wants to put a pig in handcuffs, he should be placed in handcuffs.
This isn’t a war on men issue. This is a war against pigs issue. They chose the blue line therefore they should all hang by it. String em up, stretch their necks, then we will see how much they love their precious blue line.
This childish and stupid frat boy mentality is destructive and not reserved just for pigs. Doctors engage in the same behavior, covering up and not speaking out against their fellows. It’s a serious issue in the medical community just as it is with law enforcement. Corruption must be fought from within if we wish to fight it at all.
The badge does not give the right to disobey the law when off duty. At that speed the cop should have been fired.
I agree there was no need to handcuff him. But I resent the attitude “We can do anything we want to because we are the police!”
So the cop driving illegally at 120 mph should just be ignored?
The thug blue line...
Wonder what he was drinking at 120?
Absolutely, She had every right to pull him over for his excessive dangerous speed that could have killed somebody.
Since when does a badge give someone the right to break the law. She is being harassed and she has every right to sue.
Worse, driving in a reckless manner like that and operating a department vehicle, he put the entire city on liability watch had he run into anyone. 120mph, wow.
Well, obviously you post officers outside her house, and phone her at her home number at all hours to make sure she’s safe. You know, that sort of thing.
then you’re aware we’ve been a banana republic for many moons
The officer heard that there was a dog that needed to be shot....He was in a hurry to get there first.
We need a group here called “Copwatch” that pings you for these kinds of articles.
Obvious we have some police, and ex-police, on FR.
I got a BS ticket from a cop. I went to court and beat the ticket.
I still had to pay “court costs”
Jabba, you are so wrong.
She did what she should have done, and what would have happened to anybody else who was driving like that.
The cop was off-duty and on his way to a private security job. He not only was speeding, but he attempted to evade when she tried to pull him over.
A review indicated he had a habit of often driving over 100 mph, with no need to do so.
If routinely disobeying the laws he is sworn to enforce makes up part of “ the unwritten rules of a male group,” count me in for the War on Men.
I m sorry, but I have to disagree with you. I would not arrest a man who was stealing a loaf of bread because he was down and out and wanted to feed his family. I would arrest someone who was stealing a loaf of bread who had plenty of money in their pocket and was doing it for the thrill.
The world is not so black and white. Many times citizens have been let go with a warning for violating traffic laws. I think in this case it would be hard to justify, though.
What *can* happen when cops don’t observe the rules:
And from my past experience, they appear to be the good guys!
No one watches the watchers and those who try get punished...
“I got a BS ticket from a cop. I went to court and beat the ticket.
I still had to pay court costs””
My sister who still lives at home with my mom, she has memory issues with numbers and physical imparments as a result of birth defects. As a result she can’t keep job and frequently misplaces things and gets lost. However, she loves to vote and received a Jury summons. Being who she is she misread the summons thinking it said the 8th when it said the 3rd. She showed up on the 8th and they informed her of her error. She apologized and accepted responsability. They told her she would have to wait for the court to contact her further.
3 months later she received a summons to appear before the judge. She did and apologized and accepted responsability and explained what happend. The judge said he understood and fined her $25. She makes $100 or so per month house sitting etc. So no big deal. Until she went to pay and they said with court costs she had to pay $410!
They wouldn’t let her leave without paying it and she didn’t have the money so she eventually called me in tears and I paid the fine for her.
I get the $25 but $375 in courts!!! What a scam!
When an officer drives 120mph to a second job he SHOULD be arrested.
He should also be fired.
I wondered how long it would be before someone would blame one of the few honest cops.
She is definitely a candidate for appointment by President Hitlery in 2017 to a top level post in the Justice Department.
“So the cop driving illegally at 120 mph should just be ignored?”
No, he should be given a medal. He’s a hero don’t cha know.
. Most are.
So it is ok to steal if you’re poor? Then there is no law.
My opinion, politicians and officers should be held to a HIGHER standard.Mine too.
Would anyone who is *not* a law-enforcement officer be able to avoid the handcuffs in similar circumstances? This was an arrest that was certain to draw scrutiny from all direction, so Officer Watts was smart to follow the rules.
I'd say the responses from Miami PD Officer Lopez's associates is more an indication of a 6th-Grade maturity level in the ranks, than it is a reaction to "chickafication".
“So, she turns to Father State (Vaterstaat in the original German) to make things right and protect her.”
Right, she should just let cops engage in organized harassment against her for doing her job. /s
That appears to be how you would interpret my statement.
Yes, isn't it great not being in the USA?
The Manger Dawg Pack has been duly alerted to your latest expression of distaste for this country.
The number of scandals taking place in America.Many with Obama claiming they are all myths. IRS scandals,phone tap scandals. My point being many professional law enforcement agencies are showing up in the news for all the wrong reasons.Obama claims the irs is not corrupt. Miami Police Department giving Justin bieber unauthorized police escorts to strip clubs.Obama on Obamacare the gov has given the public affordable healthcare.IMMIGRATION was allowed to run out of controlPolice agencies being told they cannot enforce immigration laws ending with law enforcement releasing illegals who just came into America.IRS tax fraud child credits illegals are racking millions of dollars.These are few examples. I disagree with you it is laughable America has any embarrassing attitudes and reactions for how they carry out their duties.Lastly Team Obama against voter id’s. Same people do not have any problems with same people needing id’s for voting is very bad.Needing id’s for Obamacrae,welfare etc,etc...If you think think America is ticking along quite nicely. I wish you well with America really does not have any problems like a 3rd world country would have.Thank you for your opinion.
Good for Ms. Watts , hope she wins.......
” A man would know, you don’t handcuff a fellow officer.”
Well, your name fits this comment to a tee! An officer would handcuff a citizen who was apprehended driving that fast, so why is a crazy driving cop any different? I’m not a fan of female cops, but she did the right thing.
Is there another interpretation? You made the statement, I asked the question, you try to turn it back on me without answering.
Again, would it be legal for poor people to steal?
And why would it be your prerogative to distribute another man’s bread?
...and she was a nice Hanna Montana while George Bush was in office.
Now that Obama’s the chief, she is a slutty Miley Cyrus.
It’s all trickle down.
No, we think you're a stupid jerk for standing there far removed from the fray, blathering-on inanely about how wise and "free" you are for running away and making your observations irrelevant.
Seems to me it’s like Benidict Arnold writting Op-Eds from England about what the folks back home are doing wrong and how great things are living in England.