So here’s the background on this: Florida Trooper Donna "Jane" Watts' observes the same Miami PD car on the turnpike driving in speeds in excess
of 100mph weaving in and out of traffic. She finally nails him, officer Fausto Lopez , and arrests him.
In turn she is subjected to
months of harassment by other officers in other departments including her own.
The Florida Highway Patrol trooper at the center of firestorm after she pulled over a speeding cop at gunpoint said fellow law enforcement officers
have created a "life-threatening" situation that caused her to be in such fear for her safety she has become a "hermit." Trooper Donna "Jane"
Watts' 69-page lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, seeks more than $1 million in damages. She is suing more than 100 police officers and
agencies, and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The suit alleges 88 law enforcement officers from 25 jurisdictions illegally
accessed her personal information more than 200 times, violating her privacy.
Now, as a part time LEO myself, I cant for the life of me understand the animosity directed towards Trooper Watts’. Sure, police extend some common
courtesy to other LEO’s when it comes to minor (and I stress minor) traffic incidents like speeding and the like, but to expect to be let off the
hook for repeated reckless driving really boggles my mind. In my department an officer extended the “courtesy” of allowing a neighboring LEO to
call his wife for a ride when he was pulled over for a DUI (as is done with many people, police and civilian alike) but when he refused and told the
officer to piss off he was promptly dragged into jail and charged with DUI, resisting arrest , and aggravated battery for trying to take a swing at
the arresting officer. While it certainly caused some bad blood between the two departments, NO ONE in our department thought the arresting officer
was in the wrong or questioned what he did.
I just cannot understand the mentality of the defendants in this case. If police don’t follow the laws, why should anyone else.