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88 Cops Dox and Stalk Fellow Officer Because She Arrested a Cop for Reckless Driving

After arresting a fellow officer for speeding over 120mph, a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper recently received a settlement connected to fellow cops illegally obtaining her personal information. Although 88 law enforcement officers were accused of illegally accessing her information over 200 times and threatening her, only two cops have been named in a settled lawsuit.

On October 11, 2011, FHP trooper Donna “Jane” Watts pulled over off-duty Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez for driving through Broward County in his marked patrol car at speeds exceeding 120mph. Caught on Watts’ dash cam video, Lopez refused to stop his vehicle for several minutes before finally deciding to pull over on the wrong side of the highway.

After Watts cuffed and processed the reckless off-duty cop for speeding, at least 88 law enforcement officers illegally accessed her personal information over 200 times to retaliate against the female cop for breaking the thin blue line. Instead of upholding the law, dozens of disgruntled cops illegally accessed Watts’ home address, picture, Social Security number, date of birth, and detailed vehicle description.

According to Watts’ lawsuit, at least 88 cops from 25 jurisdictions illegally accessed her information, issued threatening phone calls, and lingered in police vehicles in front of her residence for no justifiable reason. Due to the fact that law enforcement officers regularly break speeding laws, a multitude of cops launched a covert psychological war against Watts for calling out one of their own. According to a three-month Sun Sentinel investigation, 800 cops from a dozen agencies have been caught illegally driving between 90 and 130mph on our highways.

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On February 29, Hollywood officials mailed a $5,000 settlement to Watts after she accused officers Robert Gianino and Keith Wadsworth of accessing her driver’s license information three times for non-police-related reasons. Before Watts even filed suit, the city of Margate settled for $10,000 while the city of Lauderhill settled for $7,500 after their cops illegally accessed her info.

Pending cases include allegedly crooked cops from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the cities of Miami, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, and 14 employees of the FHP, who illegally accessed Watts’ personal information. Instead of using a database to locate potential criminals, these reckless cops utilized that clandestine information against one of their own. Although the honest officer has received several settlements paid by taxpayers, no corrupt cop has received punitive damages for breaking the law and screwing over a fellow cop.

Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

  • Thug Killer Cops

    All cops are POS lowest form of humanity. I was a reserve officer in my home town when I was young in the 60’s. I saw enough in three years to make me sick. It has gotten 10,000 times worse since that time. That badge and power does something really vile to you.

  • Chuck Robey

    Every one of those Cops that were involved in this Illegal Act should be fired an banned from being hired again by any police force in the country

    • Gus Firchow

      Well said.

  • Glenn McBride

    This is what cops do all day, every day. The sooner the people understand this, the sooner we can restore liberty and prosperity to this nation.

  • Wilma Cagle

    Good for Trooper Watts for doing the right thing!

  • Jerry Senear

    This is what Police do to one of their own when they uphold the law against one of their own. This article mentions “The Thin Blue Line”. Well that line is Alive and Well. I can tell you that. Shame !!!! Have you ever noticed how many of the Cops that do the right thing are female. Maybe that’s the answer. Only hire females as LEO’s.

  • Kevin Hunt

    Florida Deputy: “Planting Evidence and Lying is Part of the Game!”

  • Daniel Hurn

    Why are the cities/counties paying for the settlement rather than the offenders?

    • wig

      Because the offenders were on the job at the time of their corruptive behavior, and also, they have no money.

  • Liam Rowe

    Trooper Watts is the real cop here and she is what this country needs more of. As for Those so called cops doing to this Trooper Watts , they all should loose their badge and job retirement everything ! Trooper Watts thank you for your service to not only your state but to everyone you kept safe on the road when you took that reckless fool off of the road for reckless driving

  • Gary Harryman

    When cops act as a gang they should be prosecuted as a gang, and that means every one of them gets charged with the same crimes as any one of them committed. And every one of those cops should be fired for being psychologically unfit for public service of any kind.

  • John T. Wheeler III

    Any police officer that breaks the law should be fined double out of pocket and be given one chance to redeem themselves. Two strikes they should be banned from ever working for any law enforcement agency. No pension no bennies.

  • Anusha Amen-Ra

    “Mame you just called my wife” Ha ha ha ha

  • Betty Eyer

    To me, this is the reason for the rise in shooting of unarmed citizens. Between the union, the other cops blindly backing someone no matter what they do, and DAs unwilling to prosecute least they get zero cooperation from cops in the future, justice is impossible.

  • Adam Artis

    good for her, she kept him there until the break of dawn and made damn sure that he wasn’t getting off the hook for his abuse of authority. He wasn’t going going on a pursuit, he was simply driving eratic like most cops do!

  • The Professor

    Cops are NOT above the law! Have integrity. The bad ones make you look worse for protecting them.