New Traffic Stop Mounts Tension Between FHP & Miami Police

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The rumored rivalry between the City of Miami Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol may be heating up.

CBS4 News has learned that Miami Police officer Tom Vokaty has been put on administrative desk duty while his superiors try to piece together exactly what happened and why on the Florida turnpike extension Tuesday night some time before midnight.

According to two high ranking sources within the department, Vokaty who lives in Broward County and was apparently heading home, pulled over a marked Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

Sources say a conversation ensued and then supervisors were called in.

No charges were filed and no citations or tickets given.

Then both sources say as the incident came to a close Vokaty said to the trooper something to the effect of, “how does it feel to be pulled over”?

That was a direct reference to this incident back on October 11th caught on dashboard video camera when FHP officer Donna Watts pulled a gun on Miami Police officer Fausto Lopez after pulling him over on the turnpike in Broward County charging officer Lopez with reckless driving. She cuffed him and put him in the back of her patrol car until being ordered to release him.

The video went viral and set off a firestorm of controversy.

Miami Police spokesman Delrish Moss confirmed this latest incident.

“We are conducting an investigation into the circumstances to find out exactly what occurred and why,” said Moss. ”We believe this is an isolated incident and it does not reflect the relationship between the City of Miami’s police department and Florida’s Highway Patrol as a whole.”

These latest incidents come on the heels of this weekend’s trashing of a Highway Patrol trooper’s car outside his Miami home when someone dumped 5 gallons of human waste on. The investigating into that incident is ongoing.

  • joesr

    Can anyone believe this? I don’t know how anyone could stand to live in the city of Miami that have sworn police officers that act like this. What a bunch of lowlifes. Someone in their ranks breaks the law, they get caught and because they are embarrassed, they feel they have the right to act this way? To those officers who feel that the FHP was the bad guy here, the public has no respect for you any longer. Just get lost or something and let someone else take your position…someone who understands right from wrong and deserves our respect. You look like fools and you are making other officers look bad and they don’t deserve that. Take a look in the mirror.

  • Mark Matis

    This is what “Law Enforcement” in the United States of America has become these days. The stench is overwhelming.

  • Bruce VeeBee

    Hell yeah!!!! These guys will just for for marked and unmarked cars from other departments instead of drug runners and dui suspects…….I thought being a police office required disciple and common sense…..

  • South Florida Cops Disciplined For Running Computer Check On Trooper, Trooper To Sue Agencies

    […] 11/09/11 – New Traffic Stop Mounts Tension Between FHP & Miami Police […]

  • The Crossed Pond » Professional Courtesy is Corruption

    […] concern that the MPD car might have been stolen. And yet the MPD engaged in an escalating series of tit for tat pull overs and other illegal retaliation, including the likely related smearing of feces on an FHP […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
Weather Forecast 24/7
Thanksgiving Guide

Listen Live