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Fla. trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by GlockFanWA, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. GlockFanWA


    Sep 9, 2012

    "Watts is suing those police agencies and the individual officers under the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, a 1994 law that provides for a penalty of $2,500 for each violation if the information was improperly accessed. Watts' attorney, Mirta Desir, said it's clear most of the officers had no legitimate reason to look up her data. If all the searches were found illegal, Watts could receive more than $500,000."
  2. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Behind the Green door
    All that violated the law should lose their job.

    It really is that simple because;
    A) They broke the law
    B) They did it As Police Officers
    C) How Stupid can they be they KNOW all of these transactions are kept and can be searched FOR YEARS.
    D) Did I mention how stupid they were .

  3. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

    Dec 16, 1999
    There were a couple cases in MN few yrs back. IIRC the lady was involved in law enforcement? They had dozens of officers in multiple depts, including DNR who often made multiple info requests himself. :0

    Her lawyer went after each community. HUGE amounts each one paid (to reduce media attention) Plus if max $$$ per incident it would have been even more.
  4. Vicarious Reality

    Vicarious Reality

    Oct 29, 2013
    That's bad enough, but what about all the creepers the article mentioned sitting in her cul-de-sac and making the prank calls? Some of them were in squad cars ... WTF were those idiots thinking?

    Adios ***holes, maybe your replacements will be a little smarter.
  5. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

    Jul 26, 2007
    The interwebs
    Yeah I gotta agree with this. Rule #1 of leads class is made extremely and explicitly clear; Leads is to be used for official purposes only! It is so very trackable and can only lead to trouble.
  6. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
  7. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I remember what a big deal this was when it happened. I think she acted reasonably and prudently given the circumstances. I hope she gets a big check and some folks get disciplined.
  8. I remember this when it happened. Good for her.
  9. Dukeboy01

    Dukeboy01 Pretty Ladies!

    Apr 30, 2000
    Lexington, KY
    The harassment was stupid and chickenpoop. The people who did it should be punished.

    That said, Watts should have been fired. She disobeyed a direct order to terminate her pursuit and continued in pursuit at speeds well in excess of the posted speed limit without the use of her lights and sirens, endangering the rest of the motoring public. FHP should have sent her packing. Instead they've coddled her and squirreled her away into witness protection. Now she's going to get paid off of other's stupidity.
  10. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    shes gonna get a big pay day. BTW, is she single? anybody got her address and number? LOL!
  11. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    ... you could look it up. :whistling:
  12. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

    Jul 12, 2007

    Well played, sir, well played indeed...

  13. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Good on her... these idiots don't have enough common sense to deserve keeping the job if they did what they did.
  14. I agree. All she was doing was, her job.
  15. k9medic


    Sep 16, 2000
    at an LZ near you
    When DAVID came out on the new web based server I ran MY OWN NAME to figure out the odds and ends of how it worked.

    Two weeks later our terminal admin guy called me up asking why I ran my name. I told him and he understood but for some reason the state frowns upon that.

    I can't image how this didn't get picked up sooner.
  16. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

    Jul 26, 2007
    The interwebs
    ? I thought we were told during class that we could run our name.. Maybe that was just on OHLEG..
  17. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    The law only recently changed to include OHLEG, maybe last year or the year before.
  18. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I think the sheer volume of transactions, coupled with the fact that the overwhelming majority of users are honest and the tie-in of resource usage lead to limited auditing.