CBS4 Investigates: Radio Calls Document Second Inter-Agency Incident
MIAMI (CBS4) – CBS4 Investigates has learned of new details in the incident involving a City of Miami police officer pulling over a Florida Highway Patrol trooper back on November 8, 2011.
According to radio transmission released to CBS4, the police officer left the scene before his supervisor arrived.
CBS4 Investigator Stephen Stock first broke the details of this story the day after it happened and he follows up with details of the radio transmission calls from the trooper being pulled over on Floria’s Turnpike Extension.
Administrators with both Miami Police and Florida’s Highway Patrol describe this incident as “isolated” and not truly reflective of the relationship between their two departments.
But these radio calls clearly show that officers involved immediately recognized the tension between Miami Police and FHP as the Florida Highway Patrol trooper Corporal Victor Luquis called for a supervisor even before he was pulled over by a Miami City cop miles from the nearest Miami city limit.
The radio calls to Florida Highway Patrol dispatch were urgent. “Who’s the 102 on right now. I need to speak to him ASAP,” said FHP Corporal Viquis on the audio recording.
The call requesting a supervisor by Highway Patrol Corporal Victor Luquis prompted several responses.
“You need back up or help?” asked one dispatcher.
“I got a situation with Miami PD here northbound, correction, southbound by Okeechobee Road,” replied Corporal Viquis on the radio transmission.
The incident took place on Florida’s turnpike extension near Okeechobee Road and continued southbound to the intersection with 41st Street, far from the actual Miami city limits.
“I’m 10-4,” FHP Tropper Viquis can be heard telling dispatchers. “City of Miami tried to light me up here. I got supervisors en route and all his I-A.”
According to Florida’s Highway Patrol spokesperson Mark Wysocky this incident, on October 8, 2011, around 8:53 at night, was the second incident in less than a week where a Miami City cop pulled over a FHP trooper on an apparent traffic stop.
“We’re southbound by 74th street,” Viquis can be heard telling dispatch on the radio. “It’s a city of Miami tag XB6238. There’s another number on the vehicle (is) 29310. 29310.”
That’s the Miami City police vehicle driven by officer Tom Vokaty who was put on administrative desk duty after this incident where he pulled over the Highway Patrol trooper.
“10-4. I’m just driving south now,” said Trooper Viquis on the radio transmission.
“Pull out, stop your vehicle on the side of the road,” came instructions from FHP supervisors. “I’ll be 56 with you shortly.”
“61 acknowledge you just pulled over?” states FHP’s dispatcher on the radio. “Wait for supervisor to get there.”
These two incidents involving Miami cops pulling over FHP troopers, follow a highly publicized incident back on October 11, 2011, which was caught on a dashboard video camera when FHP trooper Donna Watts pulled a gun on Miami Police officer Fausto Lopez after pulling him over in his city police cruiser on the turnpike in Broward County.
Trooper Watts charged officer Lopez with reckless driving after she cuffed him and put him in the back of her patrol car. Later, Trooper Watts was ordered to release the Miami Police officer from the back of her patrol car.
The video went viral and set off a firestorm of controversy.
Following the incident last week, Miami Police officer Vokaty was put on administrative desk duty pending an internal affairs investigation.
Two days later interim police chief Manual Orosa met with officers during morning roll call and told his officers to cool it.
Click here to read Miami City Police news release on the incidents.
Interim Chief Orosa also issued a memo throughout the entire department reminding all officers of their jurisdictional limits. In the memo, Orosa also ‘laid down the law’ when it comes to pulling over other law enforcement officers. And he went over the established policy and procedures for city police officers to pull over fellow law enforcement officers, requiring all Miami police officers to get a supervisor’s okay before pulling over another law enforcement officer.
Click here to read the Miami City Police policy and procedure.
And now Governor Rick Scott has weighed in on the controversy.
“All of us expect everybody to follow the law. That’s what all of our job is,” said Governor Scott. “We gotta follow the law. And that’s what everybody should do.”
“The marked unit is still continuing south, 836,” said Trooper Viquis on the radio transmission. “I’ve pulled over to the right shoulder. IA, 51 and me, right now.”
As for this case, the radio transmission make clear, after pulling trooper Luquis over, Miami police officer Vokaty didn’t stick around.
“The city of Miami unit is not 1097 Correct?” asks the FHP dispatcher on the radio transmission. “I guess he took a 98. Ran into his car and took off,” replied Trooper Viquis.
A 98 is police radio talk for clearing the scene.
Officer Vokaty apparently didn’t stick around for supervisors to arrive. According to the radio transmission Vokaty got back in his car and took off.
No charges were filed, no citations or tickets given.
While officer Vokaty remained on desk duty through 4:00pm, EST, Monday, November 14, 2011, he was disciplined with a record of formal counseling on jurisdictional authority going into his permanent record.
Click here to read the Internal Affairs report from Miami City Police.