Miami Cops Challenge Trooper’s Arrest Of Officer

MIAMI (CBS4) – Some Miami police officers are furious that a Florida state trooper took a Miami cop down at gunpoint and put him in handcuffs after a high speed chase through Broward County.

Trooper Donna Watts arrested Miami Officer Fausto Lopez early on the morning of October 11th.  Her dashboard camera recorded the Miami officer, in a marked police car, blowing past her and other traffic on the Florida Turnpike like it was standing still.  Watts radioed that Lopez was going “well over 120” miles per hour, and was weaving “in and out of traffic.”

When the trooper got the cop stopped, she approached his car with her gun drawn, ordered him out, and handcuffed him behind his back.  Lopez said he was rushing to get to an off-duty job in Hollywood, according to the arrest report.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the union representing Miami officers, slammed the state trooper’s behavior on Wednesday.

She was “completely unprofessional and very reckless,” said Sgt. Javier Ortiz, the FOP vice-president.

“I pulled someone over last week doing 111 (mph) in a 60,” Ortiz said.  “I didn’t put a gun to their face.  Their is no reason for her to pull a firearm and put it in the face of another police officer.”

Trooper Watts told her superiors she didn’t know who she was dealing with in the pursuit that lasted seven minutes and went twelve miles.  She thought the police car might have been stolen or carjacked, given that it kept going despite her blue lights and siren being on.

“If she thought the car was stolen, she should have waited for back-up help,” Ortiz said.  “You don’t conduct a felony stop by yourself.”

In the audio from the trooper’s dashboard camera she can be heard lecturing the police officer for endangering the public, and described his behavior as common to Miami officers in particular.

“You don’t respect these people out here,” the trooper told Lopez.  “This is not a first-time occurrence with ya’ll (Miami police).  Ya’ll come that way all the time.  It’s not excusable.”

Ortiz, the Miami union rep, said he believes Trooper Watts has a dislike for Miami police and was “on the hunt” for a Miami officer.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) issued a statement supporting its trooper’s actions.

The Miami police union is entitled to its opinion, but our members protect the public regardless of who the violator is,” said FHP Captain Mark Brown from his office in Tallahassee.  “She (Trooper Watts) took an oath to uphold the law and that is what she did.”

Lopez’s attorney, being paid by the police union, said on Wednessday that the officer was not guilty.

“This is a matter that’s been blown out of proportion,” attorney William Matthewman told CBS4 News.

Matthewman said Lopez is a “fine police officer with three children, who has been on the streets for six years protecting the community.”

“Just like any other citizen, he is entitled to a presumption of innocence.” Matthewman said.  “If you look at the video fairly, it does not show reckless driving.”

Matthewman said Lopez was weaving across lanes, trying to get out of the trooper’s way, because he thought she was on her way to an emergency call.

The lawyer said “there is no way” the officer was going 120 miles per hour as the trooper claimed.

Interim Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told CBS4’s Gary Nelson on Monday that Officer Lopez did a “dumb” and “knuckle-headed thing,” and will face discipline of some sort when the criminal case against him is resolved.

Lopez remains on regular duty.

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One Comment

  1. tincup says:

    FOP, What a bunch of CRAB.
    The Trooper was doing her job, and she did it well.
    Many times I have seen City of Miami and even Metro-DAde cops on the turnpike
    going well over the speed limit, (no lights, no siren).
    Somewhere it has to stop, I support the trooper 100%.

    1. Rick says:

      Trooper Watts should have been fired. If you’re that stupid to think a cop car was carjacked or stolen, dispatch would have knew to put a firearm in someones face for speeding, in a patrol car, marked, in uniform, is paranoid bull. She apparantly is affraid to do her job, and does not know policy. All she had to do was contact that officer’s suprvisor, call it in and leave it at that and let the superiors handle it. Troopr Watts thinks sheto is above the law. I’m not a cop. Just one of the public. She’s an embarasemnt to Law Enforcement, and does not know how to conduct herself.

      1. lmmd says:

        lopez is the one who broke the law not watts………

  2. anonymous says:

    oh how the tables have turned, I need to find this woman and shake her hand.

    1. Linda Tower says:

      I fully pat the trooper Watts on the back. It should not matter if it was a Miami Cop or not. He was driving to endanger others. 120 miles per hour should not be allowed by cop or any one else. He was wrong . I commend Officer Watts on doing her duty. Who is Officer Lopez to think he is above the law and can drive that fast? He was late for his off time job. We all have excuses like that , and we would have been treated just like that. He is not special. Watts went against THE BROTHERHOOD. Now she will be ostracized for this. That will be the next step from Miami Police. She did her job and should be applauded.

      1. Joe Patrick says:

        Trooper Watts is right. Why isnt anyone pointing more fingers at the Miami Cop. She should now run for Mayor. You go Trooper Watts, outstanding job. Keep it up.

  3. Jay says:

    The statements made by the union and the lawyer is typical for Miami as the cops there think that they are above the law. If he thought the Trooper was going to an emergency call he should of slowed and pulled over. This Bozo won’t even accept responsibility for his endangering the public. As a former Police Officer I am embarrassed and find Miami cops to be arrogant, unprofessional, and corrupt. What the city should do is fire everyone and start over. The behavior was criminal and if that would of been Joe citizen we would not be discussing this.

    1. carolyn1263 says:

      you sure got that right

    2. albert says:


    3. xoxoxxo says:

      really? you are a former police officer? from one copy to another…you are an idiot….suffice to say

    4. American for change says:

      Off duty when picked up doing over 100mph ??? how is union involved NOT, 2 jobs guess 90k plus a year not enough, T
      Thought it was at one time u could not have two jobs being state employee or with the UNION. , cops r all wrong and union should not help he was not on duty,
      Charges for using cop car to get to private job or for personnel errands and what about gas wonder who Paying ,, taxpayers, Lots of charges to teach above the law persons,,,

    5. American for change says:

      Off duty when picked up doing over 100mph ??? how is union involved NOT, 2 jobs guess 90k plus a year not enough, T
      Thought it was at one time u could not have two jobs being state employee or with the UNION. , cops r all wrong and union should not help he was not on duty,
      Charges for using cop car to get to private job or for personnel errands and what about gas wonder who Paying ,, taxpayers, Lots of charges to teach above the law persons,,,

    6. stopthenonsense says:

      your right about that. Too much corruption in miami. Thier are good cops, but they cant speak out because 99% are corrupt

  4. carolyn1263 says:

    i think the state trooper did her job real well ! from what i have been told by police and by lawyers they are suppose to follow the same laws too, they need to stop thinking that they are above the law, i think internal affairs so should be brought in ,clearlly seems miami dade seems to have there own law then the rest of the state ,some thing is not working cause they are drinking on the job ,driven drunk n running over people !!!! where is interal affairs?????

  5. Joe Murga says:

    No Miami Officer is above the Law, the Miami officer was wrong, of course the Union has an obligation to defend the Miami officer, but the State Trooper performed superbly.

  6. curtis says:

    “rushing to an off duty job” and his attorney is paid for by the union??????

    Pay for your it on your own like everyone else! as a matter of fact ask your employer for time off, go to the court house, pay for your own parking parking (in a legal parking place not where ever you want) go in front of the judge and say I didnt do it. And get the same punishment, actually a bit more because you should be held to a higher standard of care than the average person. And of course pay your own car insurance premium that doubles because of your risk to insure. As a kind gesture I would recommend you donate money to charity for the wasted gas and wear and tear to the vehicle.
    Bravo to the FHP I have seen this for far to long.

    1. Albert says:

      Well Said, the FHP trooper is a hero!!!
      If it would of been anybody else do you you think we would be talking about this now???? NO, that other person would be in jail !!! trying to hire the Ticket Clinic to help save his ass, instaed of having a city Lawyer at his disposal.

  7. homer says:

    The Miami Police Internal Affairs is a joke just like the rest of the department! Miami PD are basically criminals with badges and I’m glad former officer Geovani Nuñez (remember him?) is rotting in jail! This can’t continue to go on. Who polices the police was answered. Congrats to the FHP trooper!

  8. Afraid to Call says:

    For over 30 years, I have lived in Broward County and traveled the expressways to work in Miami-Dade. Many South Florida officers also live in Broward or Palm Beach and commute in their patrol cars.

    In my opinion, the “I am above the law” attitude is not confined to Officer Fausto or the Miami Police Dept. I have observed officers from North Miami, North Miami Beach, Hialeah and Miami Beach driving aggressively and at excessive speeds on Broward roadways. They drive aggressively even in their own neighborhoods and pull into their driveway like they are responding to a crime in progress.

    Occasionally, their actions are so flagrant that I note the patrol car ID number with the intention of calling in a complaint.

    But then I realize, who would I call to report it? The police department?

    Thank you, Trooper Watts.

  9. UckTheFunions says:

    Way to go FHP!! Time to bust these Banana Republic cops! Of course their Union and Lawyers are upset, they are financed by ther union dues.

  10. Smith says:

    This is no surprise for me, I almost have 2 accidents cause by the fast and irregular drive of two off duty officers in their patrol cars.

    They don’t used turn signal and watch out, because if you crash with them
    Is very likely that YOU will lose the case!!

  11. Steve says:

    I think the Trooper did the right thing, she didn’t know if he was a Officer. Besides he was not in his work area, why was he speeding on the highway. If anyone else speed they get pulled over and treated that way. Why is it that PDLE not on duty, use the highways and streets to speed everywhere. If they are not on duty aren’t they supposed to obey the laws like everyone else. I see FDLE cars speeding dainly on t eh highway, either on thiere way to work or home. Always speeding. There is no autobahn here. They should all do the limit not 70 & above in a 55.

  12. al says:

    Watch how the PD take car of it;s own……………..

  13. Corker G says:

    Congrats to the FHP trooper!

  14. Frank Wendeln says:

    I was in the Future Police Officer’s club in the 70’s and our liaison, was Officer Sorenson and he once told us that a policeman cannot go over the speed limit without BOTH Lights and Sirens on. Sure, when it has to be quiet, Lights only, but NEVER without one or the other and it should be ONLY when going on a call.

    Even I as a laymen with some experience working in the training dept of Ft Lauderdale Police knew from just the basic news reports that the officer pulled her gun because she wasn’t sure who was driving the car. Look at how long and far she chased the guy. ANY of us would get a gun pulled on us, but we’d probably get ripped out of the car and thrown to the ground.

    The only common sense statement that Officer Ortiz made was that Officer Watts didn’t call/wait for backup (I have not heard all of the details). But you know what Officer Ortiz? Maybe the FHP doesn’t have enough officers on the road because of budget cutbacks and most of the time, they are on their own anyway.

    I also must chastise CBS4 for having more detail online and not the same on the air. But at least you have it here.

  15. BIG AL says:

    Thats great what she did!!! Miami Police are so disrespectful they should all get locked up so they can learn who the real criminals are! There very concern to show there steroid muscles and authority to any citizen ,they have no respect thats why they get no respect. It’s very simple at that speed on a highway you could’ve killed people or left your kids without a father MORON!

  16. nomercy55 says:

    that miami cop can go to hell….

  17. Mike says:

    Here we are again,another Miami policeman thinking he’s above the law and won’t man up and admit he was wrong. There is no reason for driving as fast as he was going while he was off active duty. Just because he’s a policeman does not mean he is an expert driver and can act like he did on a piece of highway that’s already dangerous enough. Shame on them-you need to man up, take your medicine, and apologize to everyone involved! To the union rep-sometimes your clients can be embarrasing to your organization. You need to take the bull by the horns and tell him he’s wrong and do damage control. The community would forgive him and maybe have a little appreciation for the frowned upon union. Yes, I was a union rep and I understand the situation, but don’t start throwing stones at another law enforcement agency without evaluating the WHOLE situation.

  18. EPP says:

    No matter who is wrong FHP has kicked a hornets nest in the face of the local boys, Local boys all over Florida are going to take it personally because it could have been any of them. I am afraid next time an FHP officer is being shot at and requests BACK UP the local boys will respond faster than the speed limit.

    1. lmmd says:

      Doesn’t have to be any of the local boys if they’d just follow the rule of the law – JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

  19. Melinda Ferrell says:

    Every comment it the nail on the head. Until all behavior by these rogue police officers is brought to a halt the public is in danger for their misdeeds. WTG FHP were just need more like you.

  20. John Q. Citizen says:

    So what the Miami officer is saying in essence is they all do it and what’s the big deal? Next thing you know it will be OK to have a few drinks at a party on SOBE and then take some girls out on an ATV ride along the beach while on duty. Whats the big deal right? We’re cops, we know better.

  21. manuel says:

    Do I smell gender prejudice here ?

  22. Alex says:

    Let me get this straight. He’s driving at a high rate of speed while off duty in a marked police car without his emergency lights on and gets pulled over by a Cop who’s jurisdiction he happens to be in (FHP), and your questioning the FHP officer’s actions? Something is very wrong here and the public needs to wake up and demand action.

  23. Joe M says:

    Most cops in Miami are so corrupt that even despite making a mistake they want to make trooper Watts as if she was the one braking the law. CMPD need to clean up their act with crooked cops.

  24. Luis bonilla says:

    Mr. Ortiz, cops like you are the problem. The citizens are sick and tired of you crooked cops thinking you are above the law. Time to fight back.

  25. Francisco Brignoni says:

    I’m personally sick and tired of seeing Police officers run stop signs, double park in the midle of the street to have a chit chat, and just plain break the law. They should be setting an example out there, it is time we occuppy the polic stations and demand change!! On another note thanks to the Aventura Police officer who stop me and informed me of my defective tail light, he told me to get it fixed and let me go, it’s fixed now thanks!!!

  26. shap says:

    on his way to another job at 120 mph? will that excuse work for me? didn’t think so…

  27. A. Potter says:

    If I was pulled over for speeding at 120 mph, I would have not been given a citation. I would have been taken ionto cutody. The fact that he was an officer still provided him with special treatment. All in all, I am glad the trooper pulled this arrogant officer over. If he is not following a criminal he has an obligation to follow the law like everyone else. Even to set an example. This Miami cop failed in his duties.

  28. Michael Baitmon says:

    This statement pretty much sealed the deal: “Lopez said he was rushing to get to an off-duty job in Hollywood, according to the arrest report.” So he is going to a off duty job in a marked police vehicle going over 120mph and they are questioning the state trooper’s reason for pulling him over, drawing her gun, and putting him in hand cuffs? So if he was off duty then he wasn’t technically a “Officer” he wasn’t in uniform and he was drving over the speed limit to go to his 2nd job! She did the right thing, he could have killed some one just so he can make extra money!

  29. Hawkeye says:

    You know what, I’m on the troopers side on this one. Even though I do believe she was ‘on the hunt’ as evident by her comments to the officer. Had this officer slammed into another car and killed somebody, you best believe he was going to get away with it. Hell, they get away with killing people while DUI.

    I think it’s wrong when police officers drive like maniacs for no reason. Being late to work is no excuse. If a regular citizen is late to work it doesn’t give him the right to drive in excess of 100 miles per hour and risk the lives of others.

  30. Mando says:

    JOB WELL DONE! Miami Police Officers deserve that as they abuse the power that the government has given them. These officers have to comply with the law like any other citizen. If there is not a valid reason why this officer was speeding, then he is guilty like any other citizen would be found guilty in this same scenario.

  31. infidel says:

    This attempt by the Miami FOP and officers to cover-up the facts will do nothing but degrade the integrity of their department. Shifting the error in judgement on to the FHP officer is the wrong move and the public will resent the action. The speeding officer should man-up and accept his punishment. He used poor judgement and was caught in the act. The FHP officer’s decision to pull her gun and use handcuffs is completely at her discretion to ensure her safety. For the FOP to challange her choice may put other officers at risk in fear of being labeled as extreme. The Miami officer put the public’s safety at risk and that’s the bottom line. Quit whining like a baby and take your medicine.

  32. Stan Moscat says:

    great job for the fhp you did the right thing pulling over a miami cop doing 120 mph what the hell was he doing with a cop car anyway one more bad cop that has to go and the union now they are a big joke.

  33. Pembroke says:

    Every one who is not a police officer for some municipality thinks she did the right thing.

  34. JAMES says:

    i think she was sick and tired of the macho ass cops tuning by her breaking the speed limit time, and time again, she was right what she did, this big cry baby cop should shut the hell up, he broke the law, the same law he up holding, and issuing tickets.
    Cop, shut your mouth, pay the ticket, move on.


    this is the most CORRUPT police dept. in the history of law enforcement i’ve seen in the 51 years i’ve lived in this county. first, the TAX PAYERS are jacked up to pay for everything from fuel to and from work, for their rump to NOW paying for their fuel to travel to OFF DUTY JOBS as well. i don’t give a damn about they rump being mad, hell i’am mad, mad about INVESTIGATIONS that NEVER end when it comes to them shooting and KILLING,UNARMED,UNARMED folks. these same fools who are all guilty of ” conspiracy of silence” should in fact be hot as a fire, because all of our loved ones travel these same roads that these clowns thats right clowns feels they have no obligation to follow the same laws they ask the public to. one day one of these clowns will kill somebodies loved one who are their superiors then it will no longer be investigations that take years with no updates, like ms rundel who KIDS were involved in that DRIVING INCIDENT, or the former mayors SON selling all the dope he can find in parking lots, anything that becomes dangerous to others affects me because driving is very serious. ask yourself why do so many HIT and RUNS happen in Hialeah, maybe the drivers are not here legally, and maybe they have no licence at all. that i seem to be confused on, because if you don’t speak or read english, how in the world can you pass a test to be issued a licence. i’am leaving you with this all that crook business taking place in high places, believe this if you don’t believe nothing else i’ve said ” to whom much is given,much WILL be required”. don’t get caught up slideing down the trap door in the end WITH YOUR FELLOW CROOKS quoting the most used 3 words on judgement day “COME ON MAN”

  36. Mar says:

    Well done by the Tropper’s, so many incidents with MDPD & the MDSPD, and every time they have an answer, the police officers follows in regular basics, Somebody needs to put them in correct place.

  37. x says:

    I like her. She did did something right.

    Police Officers tend to think that they own the road and they can break all the rules of the road. They put their lights on to avoid the red light and speed thru the emergency lanes on the highways (doughnut shop having a clearance or is it on fire). Then once they get pass the intersection, the lights are turned off and they go to normal speed.

    There should be a law that allows citizens to give the police officers tickets or take them to court or something. Even though they all cover each others rear-ends.

  38. Nelson Ferrer says:

    FHP good job, if it was citizen with no record like me I be in jail,
    Every day of the week around 4:30PM by the MIA expressway they pass me on the side of the road speeding.
    What for going home like like others in traffic, are they above the law?

  39. Alex says:

    Has anyone thought about who is paying for the gas and insurance/repairs tab for this off-duty cops’ ride to his other JOB? Is the city crazy in assuming all the cost and liability if this officer got into an accident while off duty using their cars for personal use? The city would be guilty of not acting in the public’s best interest and dereliction of duty now that they are aware of the situation and do not act in a preemptive manor to correct this.

  40. Glenn says:

    The Fraternal Order of Police would do well to remove SGT Ortiz as their spokesman. His statements are a public relations nightmare and couldn’t possibly reflect the position of the FOP, could they? Nowhere does SGT Ortiz address the immoral, dangerous, and stupid actions of Officer Lopez. If in fact Ortiz’s comments are accurate, and do reflect FOP thinking, then we are all in trouble.
    Miami Dade Officer cavalier attitude about driving off duty is not new. Not long ago, on my drive to work at SOUTHCOM, I clocked a Metro-Dade marked unit southbound on I-75 at 108 mph. Once across the county line, the officer decided to pull me over, where we got into a heated discussion about setting an example, as I had worked for Aventura PD years earlier, and when driving my APD Crown Vic, always drove within legal limits, signaled turns and lane changes, and set an example, as all officers should. I told him, “You can’t enforce if you don’t abide.”
    The MD officer wrote the citation for FL 316-1925, Reckless Endangerment. This was a mistake as it was the incorrect citation and required proof in intent. At the courthouse, the officer was nowhere to be seen, I wish he had shown.

    1. lmmd says:

      you should look up Ortiz’s record – he’s had complaints about his behavior being abusive and taking *advantage* of his position. Miami PD needs to clean house – that much is apparent

  41. Daniel C. says:

    Most everbody here is right on. I could not say it better myself. These officers all believe they are above the law and can do as they please once they have that uniform and badge. WHO is going to stand up to them and tell them anything? Have you ever gone to a court and tried to get a word in defending yourself? I have heard pretty convincing arguments with evidence and pictures. The judge just hears it, says “ok very nice” and then hits you with “Guilty” all on a cop’s word. The judge’s and the cops are all in the same boat or good old boys fraternity. If you are not a member, you are out of luck. I truly hope this case does not get dismissed and he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Finally a Trooper has the guts to do something about it. I applaud Trooper Watkins. She should be given awards and promoted because she has shown she truly is a public servant and has the public’s best interest at heart. If I was the Miami City Manager this is who I would hire as Chief of Police immediately and without hesitation! TROOPER WATKINS FOR MIAMI CHIEF OF POLICE!!!!

  42. chopper-1 says:

    That FHP Trooper did the right thing by drawing her side arm…., it’s only logical to assume that the driver may not a Police Officer simply by the fact that he was driving at a very unsafe high rate of speed and wouldn’t pull over. I wonder what Miami cops would do if an FHP or other municipality marked car was running through the streets of Miami at 80 MPH and refusing to stop….with a plain-clothed driver?. I’m sure the same thing would happen, plus a take-down by 4 or more steroid driven Miami cops! Also, it’s important to note that “Professional Courtesy” is not warranted in this case. Officer Fausto Lopez did not show any Professional Courtesy by rocketing through this Troopers territory at 100+ MPH endangering the lives of other motorists, and for no good reason….He therefore deserves none back!. The other good point that came out of this is who is paying for the gas and maintenance of this marked unit while it’s being used for Officer Lopez’ personal gain???

  43. chopper-1 says:

    Quoting immd “Miami PD needs to clean house – that much is apparent” – Totally agree but I would venture to say that legitimate professional law enforcement officers have no interest in working for a disfunctional / un-professional Police Department such as Miami. Just ask one of the few, (emphasis on the word FEW), LEGITIMATELY QUALIFIED Police Officers working Miami PD and you will get this response.

  44. John says:

    Love this. i wish the Texas Highway Patrol would arrest some of the city police in the Dallas area which ignore traffic laws for their benefit. Maybe Trooper Watkins will inspire some of the Texas Troopers to follow her excellent example. Good Job Trooper Watkin wish there was more like you!

  45. Lump Gravy says:

    Police officers who are sworn to uphold the law and then flaunt them are finding out they are no different than anybody else, and t’s about time! That thin blue line is not there to protect them should they break the law themselves. Good on the FHP trooper for doing the right thing and shame on other cops for saying otherwise.

  46. 1WHOKNOWS says:

    Take out all the city Police Depts. and have Miami-Dade Police Dept. handle all Police services in Miami-Dade county for more cost effective, efficient and professional service. Watch all the budget meetings including Police and see the very apparent difference in the quality of staff.

  47. 1WHOKNOWS says:

    Wait for Backup? Wait where you IDIOT. ORTIZ All the citizens need to remember you and take proper legal action.

  48. Mark says:

    Since when is a police officer above the law? It is thier job to uphold the law. I have often wished as a citizen I could pull over police when they were breaking the law. This is a ongoing problem and I commend this trooper for doing her job. What a bunch of hippocrites in The Miami Police Department and thier Union.

  49. jim says:

    i have seen a car from miami speeding ever time i have seen it on the I before
    face the facts your country stinks

  50. John Davis says:

    Anyone who goes 120 in a 60 should be ticketed. Congrats to the FHP lady who had the guts to do the right thing!!! The fact that the Union is supporting this scofflaw just shows that they are not loyal to the public, only to the dues they collect. I am sure that if I was arrested for a similar violation (S) the penalty would be severe.
    Let’s quit the phony smokescreen and call a these dangerous acts what they are. In other words—“MAN UP” then shut up!!!

  51. John says:

    Good job FHP, LEO on duty or off are not above the law.

  52. Michael Walsh says:

    Good for the Trooper!
    Punk Miami cops may learn to slow down on her highway!

  53. Mrs. Hoffmann says:

    I don’t care what anyone says but to me if it would have been John Smith Wacko Watts would have given him a warning and let him be on his way… but then again Menopause is a byotch Lmao… smh!!!

  54. Robert Burke says:

    great job but did trooper watts ever hear of officer serpico from the n.y.p.d.

  55. Jose says:

    Aka an Anglo state trooper who should get an award arrests a lethal reckless crazed Miami Sp#c cop and the Miami-dade banana republic sp#c cops are angry.

    I say this as an hispanic AMERICAN living in Miami-dade who knows how it works.

  56. Daniel L. Bushey says:

    Thy “attorney” for Lopez, statement, went well beyond a merely STUPID!! It was stupendously asinine!! Going 120 mph is NOT RECKLESS? REALLY? Another idiotic statement was, “Officer Lopez—was just trying to get out of her way”. WOW!! Guess the highway, FULL of automobiles, DOES NOT HAVE A SHOULDER!!

    Not ONLY does this “attorney” FAILS to KNOW the LAW, he hasn’t a CLUE to come-up with a PROPER LIE!!!!


  57. nojstc says:

    GEE I wonder how many times this trooper and others have blown by uniform offucers on the turnpike or I95 and were not harrassed….as an officer who has seen this I can say numerous times…..I think those days may be over….

    1. lmmd says:

      seems to me like all of you should just start obeying the laws and speed limits you know?

  58. joesr says:

    The FHP trooper did her job. The Miami officer should have been charged with felony fleeing. That’s why the gun was pulled. There is no justification for the Miami officer to do what he did. Cops that argue the point to the contrary are really showing their arrogance. The Miami officer should be terminated for this wreckless act. He doesn’t deserve to wear that badge. He has no honor and neither does anyone that sees no wrong in his actions.

    1. James Copeland says:

      make pot leagle never got any trouble for drinking but i sure did for smoking a joint the least harmfull drug drug out there da da da da da

  59. Paul Sherman says:

    As I read the pro-FHP/Watts comments, I’m struck by the fact that there really must be a problem with Miami/Dade police. There is NO WAY a trooper up here in the Mid-Atlantic states would do what she did. Sure, a trooper will pull over a speeding police car that’s out of its jurisdiction. I’ve seen it done on the Capital Beltway, but never a single-handed felony stop, taking a uniformed officer out in handcuffs. That’s just plain stupid.

    I can’t help but wonder if its the fact that she’s a female trooper. Studies show that female officers tend to resort to gunpoint tactics faster than male troopers.

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