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FHP trooper: Illegal police searches led to her fear for her safety
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FHP trooper: Illegal police searches led to her fear for her safety

By Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel

5:49 p.m. EST, December 26, 2012

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.

Watts made national news in October 2011 when she pulled over off-duty Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez for speeding in his marked patrol car on Florida's Turnpike in Broward County.

LINK: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward...9599.story
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I hope she sues them all blind.

From the story:

"Sun Sentinel investigation of officers' SunPass toll records found more than 700 cops from a dozen agencies drove 90 to 130 mph on highways."

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See that EZPass people?

The article does a nice job of painting how hypocritical cops really are.
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Common abuse of power by jerkoffs with low self esteem. Lots of cops suck.
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Valorius;60508 Wrote:I hope she sues them all blind.

From the story:

"Sun Sentinel investigation of officers' SunPass toll records found more than 700 cops from a dozen agencies drove 90 to 130 mph on highways."

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See that EZPass people?

The article does a nice job of painting how hypocritical cops really are.

Yep, apparently in FL anyone can gain access to SunPass records.

Here in PA we have EZPass, and while the technical possibility of that happening exists, it would be illegal. It's written into PA law that EZPass is not allowed to be used for ANYTHING other than collecting tolls. The law specifically states using it as a way to catch speeders (among other things) is not allowed.
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soberbyker;60579 Wrote:
Valorius;60508 Wrote:I hope she sues them all blind.

From the story:

"Sun Sentinel investigation of officers' SunPass toll records found more than 700 cops from a dozen agencies drove 90 to 130 mph on highways."

--------

See that EZPass people?

The article does a nice job of painting how hypocritical cops really are.

Yep, apparently in FL anyone can gain access to SunPass records.

Here in PA we have EZPass, and while the technical possibility of that happening exists, it would be illegal. It's written into PA law that EZPass is not allowed to be used for ANYTHING other than collecting tolls. The law specifically states using it as a way to catch speeders (among other things) is not allowed.

I suspect that they operate under the premise of "easier to ask for forgiveness, than it is for permission" when it comes to using things beyond their stated purpose.
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Camper;61061 Wrote:
soberbyker;60579 Wrote:Yep, apparently in FL anyone can gain access to SunPass records.

Here in PA we have EZPass, and while the technical possibility of that happening exists, it would be illegal. It's written into PA law that EZPass is not allowed to be used for ANYTHING other than collecting tolls. The law specifically states using it as a way to catch speeders (among other things) is not allowed.

I suspect that they operate under the premise of "easier to ask for forgiveness, than it is for permission" when it comes to using things beyond their stated purpose.

Not sure who the "they" are you're referring to, but the story happened in Florida, maybe in their law that kind of use is allowed, I have yet to hear an EZPass to be used for anything remotely like the subject of the article.
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It hasn't been used yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that they generate reports...with personal info removed...for statistical data and to determine the best locations/times/days for speed traps, and it won't be too long before PA follows NY & NJs method of issuing warnings and suspending EZ pass accounts for speeders.

I do not doubt that within 5 years, you'll be getting tickets just like the red light cameras send, and if I recall correctly, they were not installed for that purpose either.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Camper;61081 Wrote:It hasn't been used yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that they generate reports...with personal info removed...for statistical data and to determine the best locations/times/days for speed traps, and it won't be too long before PA follows NY & NJs method of issuing warnings and suspending EZ pass accounts for speeders.

I agree that it's possible, but the way the EZPass law is written that would be illegal, currently.

Camper;61081 Wrote:I do not doubt that within 5 years, you'll be getting tickets just like the red light cameras send, and if I recall correctly, they were not installed for that purpose either.

HUH????? the RLC cameras were designed exactly for that purpose.
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Wow, cops doing something illegal. I'm shocked!Rolleyes[/b]
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From the article:

Quote:Lopez apologized and tried to explain he was running late. "With all due respect ...," he said, but Watts cut him off. "You don't respect me, sir," she said. "You don't respect these people out here."

She's one of the good ones busting one of the bad ones... and one that was endangering dozens of people every day, but all that matters is that she crossed the blue line. I feel that if a cop is caught breaking the law the penalty should be more severe, they know the consequences for breaking the law. If a soldier messes up they can be charged with treason, why should it be any less for a LEO that breaks their oath?
I'm glad to see he was fired but he should have lost his license too, just like you or I would have.
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