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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Who Arrested Speeding Miami Officer Files Lawsuit

The Florida Highway Patrol trooper who pulled over a speeding Miami Police officer last year filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that several agencies illegally accessed her personal information to intimidate her, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

On Friday, Trooper Donna “Jane” Watts and lawyer Mirta Desir filed the 69-page lawsuit, which seeks more than $1 million in damages. It alleges that 88 officers from 25 jurisdictions, including her own, violated her privacy by illegally obtaining her personal information more than 200 times.

Watts said the Oct. 11 incident, when she pulled over Miami officer Fausto Lopez for speeding on Florida’s Turnpike, has caused backlash. She was captured on camera with her gun drawn as she approached Fausto, who she said she followed for seven minutes while he drove 120 mph.

The lawsuit alleges that following the traffic stop, actions of other officers created a “life-threatening” situation for Watts. She said she now fears for her life, has become a “hermit,” and is even moving.



Anonymous said...

she locked up another cop, while in a police car and while in uniform. not cool. she would fit in at salisbury pd. now, as for accessing her info,,not cool and all should be delt with.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

11:24 what are cops above the law?

Anonymous said...

Florida’s Turnpike! You better drive 120mph to keep up with traffic. Guess she didn't see the light bar on roof of car.

Anonymous said...

We need more cops like her around the DELMARVA area!

Anonymous said...

We need more cops like her around the DELMARVA area!

December 27, 2012 7:00 PM

I would include the whole country in that statement.

Some bitch that a cop doesn't do anything when another cop does wrong, then when a cop does something, they bash her.

Shut up already. She has shown more balls than most men on here.

Anonymous said...

Re.: 11:24 Your comment is one of the main problems I find with LEOs. If he was breaking the law, he shouldn't be above it! As I understand it, he wasn't on a call; hence there's no excuse for the speed he was driving.

Anonymous said...

he routinely drove 100mph. he was fired. looks like the woman cop was correct in her actions.

why do so many want to bash her for doing the right thing?

not a good incentive for others to do the same.

bad enough for other officers to ostracize her, but the public too?

good job woman cop. we need more like you, not less.