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Miami Chief Says Speeding Officer 'Will Pay'

November 01, 2011  | 

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa made it clear where he stands regarding his officer who was detained at gunpoint by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for reckless driving.

In an interview with Local 10 on Monday, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said, "He was endangering everybody around him, and he, like my predecessor used to say, he did a knuckle-headed move, and he will pay for it."

At the same time, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police criticized the Florida Highway Patrol trooper who cited Officer Lopez in the Oct. 11 incident, after pulling him over in the southbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard. Trooper D.J. Watts followed the officer for 12 miles at speeds reaching 120 mph. The trooper drew her weapon when Lopez finally pulled over, then handcuffed him.

In a letter obtained by Local 10, Sgt. Javier Ortiz defended Lopez, writing, "Pulling a firearm on a police officer in full uniform in a marked unit is extremely reckless and unprofessional."

Related: Miami Cop Detained for Driving 120 mph (video)

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