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Donna 'Jane' Watts, FHP trooper sues over 100 officers and agencies for $1 million

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snhadley

over 1 year ago

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Source: WPTV


December 25, 2012


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    darsavmo

    over 1 year ago

    11362 Comments

    I don't think rehashing the original incident on the turnpike will bring anything new to light.

    As we approach the new year let's learn from mistakes that were made by all involved and try to ensure that we our our brother officers do not make the same mistakes in the future. These mistakes include unnecessary speeding in our cruisers, failing to stop and making others chase us in our cruisers, unnecessary pulling of guns on our brother officers, overall disrespecting our brother officers, illegally accessing information through our computers, and retaliating against our brother officers regardless of the situation.

    Most of all in the New Year let's all pledge to respect and work together with our brother and sister officers and remember that just as real brothers and sisters will disagree with one another on occasion, we are all still related in the "Blue Brotherwood" and regardless of our differences we need defend and back-up w/o hesitation our brothers or sisters no matter what when needed...

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    MarlyB

    over 1 year ago

    5050 Comments

    Points well taken, snhadley and StrykerBrig21, but Stryker I'm sticking to my gunzzzzzzzzzzzt!!!

    Now I would LOVE to discuss this further, but..I'M LATE FOR WORK!!1 ;OP

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    StrykerBrig21

    over 1 year ago

    1018 Comments

    I disagree with your comment Marly....

    Pulling the weapon was way over the top. And speeding leo's is an issue, but there are reasons behind that speeding at times. But it just maybe me, but I am not going to judge an officer for speeding specially if I am from a different department and I have no idea what they are doing. I will simply have dispatch call that depts dispatch to see if their is a problem. If not and the officer is wrong I'll let my supervisor know and he'll handle it. As far as the guys harassing her, not going to say it was right or wrong. Sometimes when you mess with the brothers and sisters in this job it will come back and bite you!

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    snhadley

    over 1 year ago

    1278 Comments

    Bump Marly,

    Leo's have ways of taking out the trash. Her actions were way over the top, as well as those who violated the law. She may have saved the guys life as well as others! I have no sympathy for him because he was late for work! Had he been en route to aid another officer then and only then I could sympathize with his termination. However, it appears to me a her badge was shinier than his in this instance. No one is above the law and this could have been handled (original incident) in a dieffenbachia matter!

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    MarlyB

    over 1 year ago

    5050 Comments

    Looking on the bright side, this case spotlights the issue of LEOs speeding irresponsibly - in the scope of their duties or NOT. Too many LEOs are auguring in. Check out the body count of lost officers in LODD. FHP Donna Jane Watts possibly saved the LIFE of MPD Officer Fausto Lopez. NOBODY credits her with THAT. Note the article states Lopez has since been fired.

    Maybe Trooper Watts drawing her weapon was over the top. Maybe not. The article states Watts followed the numbskull seven minutes as he darted in and out of lanes at speeds of 120mph. What a maroon.

    A jackass using the color of authority to flaunt a frank public disregard for human life, his own included, would get my Irish up! I would be wondering what the h*ck the clown was amped up on! Looks like Watts turned the stop into a 'visual enforcement performance piece.'

    I'm less generous. I might have just made Lopez ride the lightning, nice and quietly, in the privacy and comfort of his shop.

    As for Trooper Watt's "colleagues" who criminally breached her privacy rights - the digital forensic evidence will bear out. I think it has. Starting with Lopez, I'll wager. Looks like Watts has got quite a case.

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    Robocop33

    over 1 year ago

    14642 Comments

    Now a days it is illegal to run someones name just to find out information. Way back when it was often done just for curiosity such as a tag etc. You CANNOT do this anymore unless you have an official reason to do so. I don't think the Officers that looked her up were doing so for nefarious reasons.
    As for her being shunned, yeah I can see that. The way she handled this incident was way over the top. Pulling her firearm and all that screaming and actually searching, cuffing, etc this stupid ex-cop was stupid. There was a female Officer we would not talk to because she was lazy and would not back other officers up or respond to any fights. I watched her drive by going the other way while I was screaming in the radio for help because I was in one heck of a fight. STILL, if she had called for help we would have responded. I would like to think my brothers in the FHP and other agencies would do the same. Because she was shunned does not mean other LEO's were looking to do her harm.
    I also think she is looking to pad her retirement as she is probably claiming OTJ Disability as well.

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    uncledennis1

    over 1 year ago

    23316 Comments

    The paper trail will be easy to follow. I imagine the law firm retained by Trooer Watts is doing back flips. Out of court settlements to make this thing go away. If in fact the facts are correct she should be well compensated.

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    darsavmo

    over 1 year ago

    11362 Comments

    All officers should take note and only access official information for official business. The two officers who got reprimands are actually lucky as I've seen officers get thirty days on the beach or worse for running unauthorized checks on people...

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    Anonymous

    over 1 year ago

    Right about your summation Donna.An officer may be shunned,which in itself is rare,but to harass the lady and threaten by inuendo is totally uncalled for.Unless there has been some disciplinary measures taken and/or dismissals,there should be.Lots of conduct unbecomming an officer taking place.Sounds like a gang of Junior high kids instead of officers.

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    DonnaLynn

    over 1 year ago

    10636 Comments

    Well, from what I remember of the original news article... almost nada... to what they have said now, seems like they were unable to catch this patrol cruiser in the past. Drawing your weapon... ah, no! This whole thing is a mess. Evidently Lopez is always late for work. WTH is up with the harassment from LEOs. Shame on them.

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    jpegee

    over 1 year ago

    294 Comments

    lol she searched him and had him at gun point, this is crazy. i can understanding pulling him over to have him slow down but at gun point and treat him like he is not her brother is crazy

  • Giu-turkey-distribution-004-801_max50

    snhadley

    over 1 year ago

    1278 Comments

    Bump, I lost on this one from the beginning! The Miami officers career is over and now it sounds like she is getting ready to pad her retirement!

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    StrykerBrig21

    over 1 year ago

    1018 Comments

    Bump ssu459! Why would an officer pull a weapon on another leo just confuses me. She's lucky the officer didn't pull his weapon out and fire on her. Her career is basically done! No one will want to work with her or back her up on any call. Also want to know if this is something she does with other traffic stops.

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    Anonymous

    over 1 year ago

    I am at a loss as to give this continuting incident a thumbs up or thumbs down.Lot of people doing a lot of incorrect things.It is indeed an invasioin of her privacy and it is indeed harassment.Why though,why,why why, would any law enforcement officer pull over a marked cruiser at gunpoint?This is probably the most insane and assinine stop I have ever heard of.Wheather she wins or loses any of the remainder of her court proceedings I can guarantee her career is at a complete standstill.If she pulls over a cruiser at gunpoint can you imagine what she may be doing on routine traffic stops??

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