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Fort Lauderdale, FL – In a newly filed lawsuit, a woman is alleging that she was targeted and physically attacked by a local police officer just days after she testified against one of the officer’s colleagues in court.

Police initially received an anonymous call about a suspect who left a restaurant without paying her bill of $63.57. Officers arrived and arrested Jessica Mooney, 24, on charges of petty theft and child endangerment.

However, the Miami New Times reported that Mooney had a copy of the receipt showing that she had paid the bill and the evidence is now included in her lawsuit against the department.

After Mooney was taken to the station, she began questioning officers as to why she was arrested and accusing them of making a false arrest. She eventually asked Sheriff’s Deputy Amanda Moreno for her name and badge number, and multiple officers responded by grabbing her, throwing her to the ground, and then kicking and punching her several times.

While the officers claimed that Mooney yelled obscenities at them and attempted to hit Moreno, criminal defense attorney Scott Hecker argued that after watching the surveillance footage, it is clear that Mooney did not attempt to hit Moreno, and the multiple deputies who took Mooney to the ground and piled on top of her, used excessive force.

The incident left Mooney with a swollen and bruised face, a gash over her eye and gruesome bruises all over her arms, legs, and torso. She was then forced to spend two days in the Broward County Jail before she was taken to Broward Health Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment for the injuries she received as a result of the beating.

Unsurprisingly, the department reviewed the surveillance and determined that none of its officers were at fault. While the investigation is now closed, which should result in the surveillance video being released as public record, Local 10 News reported that the State Attorney’s Office is refusing to release the video by citing “a recent legal decision from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office that basically opines that government surveillance video footage isn’t public record because its release could compromise government security systems.”

The charges against Mooney were dropped after it was determined that she did, in fact, pay her bill at the restaurant. However, the timing of the anonymous phone call alleging a false crime committed by Mooney is notable because it happened just eight days after she testified against an officer from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in court.

Mooney said she was waiting at a bus terminal with her fiancé when they witnessed a police officer aggressively confronting a homeless man, and her fiancé began filming the encounter. Bruce LaClare was attempting to enter the terminal’s restroom when he was accosted by Officer Victor Ramirez.

Ramirez can be seen grabbing LaClare’s arm, and when LaClare tried to shake him off, the officer shoved the homeless man to the ground, and after exchanging words, Ramirez slapped LaClare across the face. However, Ramirez conveniently did not include that detail in his arrest report. The video went viral and resulted in protests in Fort Lauderdale.

However, despite the evidence and the fact that Ramirez’s record included nearly 40 incidents, a majority of which involve physical use of force, as well as a few Taser incidents,” according to a report from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Ramirez was found “not guilty.”

Jessica Mooney said she chose to testify against Ramirez because she believed it was the right thing to do. No matter the amount of money she receives in damages if her lawsuit is successful, she still has to live with the physical injuries she received from her encounter with Moreno, along with the knowledge that she has encountered multiple police officers who have used excessive force and faced no accountability for their actions.


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Rachel Blevins is an independent journalist from Texas, who aspires to break the false left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Steemit and Patreon.

15 COMMENTS

  1. “Anonymous,” my ass! I hope the lawsuit forces them to produce this “call” and matches the voice with one of the cops!

      • It sure as hell is exactly that. I knew two twin cops used to do that all the time and laugh at our drinking hole, the Skybox where we were all drinking.
        The dirty cops were Ruel & Lester Shumate, when it was slow they catch a well heeled dude or woman coming out get in car and stopped them for not paying the bill. Many many times led to many more charges, like STOP RESISTING. They laughed and said they would never look at any receipt and escalate the stop to ensure more charges and arrest a lot of the times.
        These are the pigs of the police state.

  2. Here’s how this typically goes…

    “We are committed to being more open, honest & transparent with our procedures, reviews, and oversight. We want to rebuild the trust in our community and only hire the best of the best when it comes to our police force.”

    10 minutes later…

    “We found our officers did nothing wrong and we refuse to release the video. Case closed. No further comments.”

    • That’s the purpose of North Carolina House Bill 972. It states that police dash cam and body cam videos are not part of the public record. It was approved by the house judiciary committee the following week after John Mark Coffey was turned into Swiss Cheese by the police in Clinton, NC.

  3. For Fuck Sake. There’s just no end to these Fascist pigs. Perhaps closer scrutiny should be put on those Jurors, who for some “miraculous” reason or other, ALWAYS let these thugs walk. This happens across the country, not just in that swamp infested Dizzyland. Florida is one sleazy state.

  4. At some point the blame has to shift to the jurors and prosecutors who let these pigs walk and refuse to charge them, respectively. Cops will bully and abuse their power because that’s what sadists do, but it would stop if people demanded that it stop. Pack a jury with cop-suckers and keep voting in prosecutors who suck cop, too, and this will keep being the result.

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  5. It sure as hell is exactly that. I knew two twin cops used to do that all the time and laugh at our drinking hole, the Skybox where we were all drinking.
    The dirty cops were Ruel & Lester Shumate, when it was slow they catch a well heeled dude or woman coming out get in car and stopped them for not paying the bill. Many many times led to many more charges, like STOP RESISTING. They laughed and said they would never look at any receipt and escalate the stop to ensure more charges and arrest a lot of the times.
    These are the pigs of the police state. Low IQ uneducated, poorly trained corrupt thugs on the take and worse.

  6. In their committion of allegedly enforcing law, I wonder just how many laws the Donut Nazi© violated?

    Bullshit like this really should open peoples eyes to the corruption within The Blue Syndicate® … But that doesn’t happen due to vaccination induced retardation

  7. Is anyone else completely disgusted with our government and their blatant abuses and then their coverups ? We have got to stop this and the only way is if all Americans start to resist and start coming together against the enemy, our government, peacefully, if possible.

  8. If she doesn’t sue over this the courts should sanction her to send Christmas gifts to each cop involved for 20 years. Loss of money is the ONLY thing they understand. It is her civic duty!!!

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