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Fla. Officer Reprimanded for Hauling Mattresses On Cruiser

March 06, 2012  | 

Screenshot: Local 10
Screenshot: Local 10

A Miami-Dade, Fla., police officer has been relieved of duty, after a local television station aired video showing her hauling mattresses on top of her marked patrol unit.

Officer Sandra Lyles, a 32-year veteran, was six days from retirement. The department has stripped Lyles of her take-home vehicle, badge, and gun.

She was captured on video leaving the Big Lots at N.W. 57th Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway with two mattresses strapped to the top of her cruiser. Officer Lyles, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, has a history of disciplinary actions relating to off-duty conduct, reports Local 10.

View Local 10's full video report of the incident here.

Comments (16)

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Frank @ 3/6/2012 5:23 PM

Gee I wonder why after 32 years and many other disciplinary actions she was still on the force. Stellar career Officer Lyles!!

Mark A. Brooks @ 3/6/2012 5:45 PM

Seems kind of harsh....who was harmed?

Stuart @ 3/6/2012 5:54 PM

I heard that she tore the left corner fabric of the box spring, and the mattress suffered some water and mildew damage as it began to rain half way home! Both the box spring and mattress are doing fine!

Hero @ 3/6/2012 5:57 PM

Who was harmed? The public, as this is dangerous. Law enforcement, as this is an embarrassment to anyone wearing the badge. It brings ridicule to the department. I pay her salary with my property taxes and I want a refund. Not qualified to wear the badge.

michael @ 3/6/2012 7:10 PM

What a stupid bit--, she should be punished. This officer is a complete idiot.....send her out on retirement on retirement and cut your losses.
This behavior can't be tolerated......completely unprofessional.

Dustin @ 3/6/2012 8:42 PM

Wow. What an idiot. It's really a case of natural selection i say! Jeesh

Jeff W. @ 3/6/2012 11:49 PM

Someone obviously removed the tags, and she was seizing the bed set for evidence.

DEADMAN @ 3/7/2012 12:02 AM

I'm not condoning what she did but taken in context,it wasn't that bad.Sometimes,when we have so much time on the job,we take the attitude that what can they do to me,here is your answer.Those six days could have cost a percentage point on her retirement check or other benefits.Maybe,she could have waited until the last day on the job,transported the mattresses home,drove to the station and turned in her id,badge,gun and cruiser and handed in her retirement papers and say ADIOS.Maybe the sale ended that day.
Do you know how many times i got called by a dispatcher to transport a chief,a sheriff,a commander,a detective that was under the weather,get them out of jam,soothe feelings or just plain tell a reporter to stick it where the sun don't shine because we are our brothers & sisters keeper,i always got called to cover your a$$.Nothing was this minor,get over it.Granted,she shouldn't have done anything to screw with her retirement,but with this minor act,neither should have the department.

China Spring @ 3/7/2012 5:43 AM

Thirty-two years on the force and has a history of disciplinary actions??? Should have been let go awhile back. Could being a female have anything to do with it? I don't know, but this was/is a problem in the military. <><

lawman94 @ 3/7/2012 6:52 AM

Layoff guys she was saving money on the shipping charges.. Ive seen criminals do worse things to a police car "kicking the windows out, jumping on the hood and roof, kicking the side in and not one of them got sh%t out of it in our "so called court system" so why should she be treated any different? U go girl, but id probably paid the shipping charges LoL.. :-) Take care & stay safe

Thor @ 3/7/2012 6:56 AM

Pity we can't see a picture of her anywhere. ... Hmmm.. I wonder why?

Dennis @ 3/7/2012 1:10 PM

It was a training issue - her agency hadn't yet incorporated how to properly secure and drive with bedding into their curriculum.

RADEA @ 3/7/2012 2:14 PM

Obviously not the brightest bulb in the pack. Glad she is less than a week away from retiremnt. This causes embarrassment to all law enforcement.

ARTEM @ 3/7/2012 3:18 PM


Keitih Mueller @ 3/7/2012 3:25 PM

This seems like a minor incident compared to the officer doing speeds up to 120 mph and was pursued by FHP yet he gets off with mostly a verbal where this officer is thrown on her can for a mattress? Who is putting the public in more danger a off duty officer racing to a second job at 6:30 in traffic or a off duty officer carrying mattress's ??? Both being from Miami- Dade. So what is up with the chain of command and apparent lack of discipline within this city P.D.?

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/11/2012 5:44 AM

What's weird is in Florida the deputies are allowed to use their marked police vehicles for private off duty use. I suspect it was the picture that made this APE (A Political Emergency). The Sheriff's in Florida encourage the off duty use because it makes it appear there are more deputies on duty than really are. I suspect that the picture was the problem not the deed.

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