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Florida trooper who pulled over 120mph police officer sues for $500,000
Daily Mail ^ | 11 February 2014 | DAN BLOOM

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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The world use to laugh with us.The world is now laughing at us.Headlines out this country have reached 3rd world status..
1 posted on 02/11/2014 6:44:15 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

Which part of this story do you think puts us in 3rd world status? Hard to tell these days.


2 posted on 02/11/2014 6:46:51 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: moonshinner_09

“The world use to laugh with us.The world is now laughing at us.”
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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.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 6:50:04 AM PST by AlexW
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To: moonshinner_09
This is part of the chickafication of America. A man would know, you don't handcuff a fellow officer. The chick follows the rules maniacally. Then gets upset when other officers get p-o'ed at her stupidity of not following the unwritten rules of a male group. So, she turns to Father State (Vaterstaat in the original German) to make things right and protect her. I bet, if she hadn't handcuffed the guy, she wouldn't have got the reaction that she did.

The War on Men continues...

4 posted on 02/11/2014 6:53:18 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

When you start to pick and choose which laws you want to enforce, you’re a banana republic.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 6:57:45 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: moonshinner_09

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?


6 posted on 02/11/2014 6:59:43 AM PST by GilesB
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To: Jabba the Nutt

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.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 7:00:01 AM PST by drunknsage
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To: moonshinner_09

The badge does not give the right to disobey the law when off duty. At that speed the cop should have been fired.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 7:00:46 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Jabba the Nutt

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!”


9 posted on 02/11/2014 7:02:16 AM PST by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
Can't agree with you here, Jabba. 120 mph is reckless endangerment of the public. If you or I were caught doing it, we would be led away trussed up like Hannibal Lector. Being a police officer doesn't give one special status as a law breaker. One of the big problems in this country is government people are NOT being held to the same standards as the great unwashed. If I stole documents from the National Archives, I would be buried UNDER the prison, but Sandy Berger got a free pass. My opinion, politicians and officers should be held to a HIGHER standard.
10 posted on 02/11/2014 7:02:22 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Jabba the Nutt

So the cop driving illegally at 120 mph should just be ignored?


12 posted on 02/11/2014 7:06:20 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: moonshinner_09

The thug blue line...

Wonder what he was drinking at 120?


13 posted on 02/11/2014 7:06:23 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Logical me

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.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 7:06:35 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: Logical me

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.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 7:08:18 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: GilesB

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.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 7:09:31 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Doc Savage

then you’re aware we’ve been a banana republic for many moons


17 posted on 02/11/2014 7:12:40 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The officer heard that there was a dog that needed to be shot....He was in a hurry to get there first.


18 posted on 02/11/2014 7:13:24 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: drunknsage

Precisely correct.

We need a group here called “Copwatch” that pings you for these kinds of articles.


19 posted on 02/11/2014 7:13:29 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: FR_addict

Obvious we have some police, and ex-police, on FR.


20 posted on 02/11/2014 7:13:35 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: DariusBane

I got a BS ticket from a cop. I went to court and beat the ticket.

I still had to pay “court costs”

WTF?


21 posted on 02/11/2014 7:13:44 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

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.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 7:15:56 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

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.


23 posted on 02/11/2014 7:16:36 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Doc Savage

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.


24 posted on 02/11/2014 7:17:17 AM PST by Glennb51
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To: Jabba the Nutt

What *can* happen when cops don’t observe the rules:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2009/03/31/633189/officer-in-fatal-crash-driving.html#.UvpAwLSK20o


26 posted on 02/11/2014 7:24:48 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: luvbach1

And from my past experience, they appear to be the good guys!


27 posted on 02/11/2014 7:29:57 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: moonshinner_09

No one watches the watchers and those who try get punished...


28 posted on 02/11/2014 7:30:21 AM PST by GraceG
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To: cableguymn

“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!


29 posted on 02/11/2014 7:30:44 AM PST by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

When an officer drives 120mph to a second job he SHOULD be arrested.

He should also be fired.


30 posted on 02/11/2014 7:31:09 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

I wondered how long it would be before someone would blame one of the few honest cops.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 7:32:30 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

She is definitely a candidate for appointment by President Hitlery in 2017 to a top level post in the Justice Department.


32 posted on 02/11/2014 7:32:45 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“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.


33 posted on 02/11/2014 7:32:57 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SgtHooper
And from my past experience, they appear to be the good guys!

. Most are.

34 posted on 02/11/2014 7:33:42 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Maybe-you-should-move-to-Florida ping...


35 posted on 02/11/2014 7:33:52 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Glennb51

So it is ok to steal if you’re poor? Then there is no law.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 7:35:55 AM PST by GilesB
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To: ArtDodger
Worthe repeating:
My opinion, politicians and officers should be held to a HIGHER standard.
Mine too.
37 posted on 02/11/2014 7:36:09 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: TexasCajun

Not guilty.


38 posted on 02/11/2014 7:38:20 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
I bet, if she hadn't handcuffed the guy, she wouldn't have got the reaction that she did.

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".

39 posted on 02/11/2014 7:40:23 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

“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


40 posted on 02/11/2014 7:40:49 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: GilesB

That appears to be how you would interpret my statement.


41 posted on 02/11/2014 7:47:44 AM PST by Glennb51
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To: AlexW; NFHale; Windflier; DuncanWaring; wku man; Marcella; Old Sarge; AllAmericanGirl44; raybbr; ...
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.

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.

42 posted on 02/11/2014 7:50:53 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: AlexW

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 control”Police 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.


43 posted on 02/11/2014 7:54:02 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

Good for Ms. Watts , hope she wins.......


44 posted on 02/11/2014 7:57:04 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Jabba the Nutt

” 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.


45 posted on 02/11/2014 8:02:19 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Glennb51

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?


46 posted on 02/11/2014 8:02:35 AM PST by GilesB
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To: Glennb51

And why would it be your prerogative to distribute another man’s bread?


47 posted on 02/11/2014 8:04:31 AM PST by GilesB
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To: moonshinner_09

...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.


48 posted on 02/11/2014 8:13:59 AM PST by Only1choice____Freedom (As long as America's tolerence of failure is not overwhelmed by a desire to succeed, we will fail.)
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To: AlexW; Marcella; NFHale; Windflier; DuncanWaring; AllAmericanGirl44; wku man; Old Sarge; raybbr; ...
... some think that I am a stupid jerk for not being there to enjoy it.

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.

49 posted on 02/11/2014 8:14:25 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring; Marcella; NFHale; Windflier; AllAmericanGirl44; wku man; Old Sarge

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.


50 posted on 02/11/2014 8:27:12 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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