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Remember Javier Ortiz? Off duty thug cop who held Chris Lagergren at gun point for taking pictures at Sea World? So why is this dirty cop still wearing a badge? Please read the news article.

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Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 2:04 pm
Plea Deal Offered Speeding Miami Cop Stopped By Trooper
March 12, 2012 5:30 PM
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) Ė The Miami cop who touched off an inter-departmental police feud after he was pulled over by a trooper for hitting up 10 120 mph as he sped to an off-duty job in his patrol car can avoid time in jail if he accepts a plea on a charge of reckless driving, according to an offer made in court Monday.
Trooper Donna Watts arrested Miami Officer Fausto Lopez early on the morning of October 11th. Her dashboard camera recorded the Miami officer, in a marked police car, blowing past her and other traffic on the Florida Turnpike like it was standing still.
When she stopped him, the incident touched off a weeks-long squabble between departments and personal attacks against the character of the trooper.
ďI donít know what agency it is. Iím on 91, almost to Sunrise. Heís well over 120, and heís not stopping,Ē said Trooper Watts. ďAll I can see is a white patrol car with blue or something like that. It would be Miami or DOT, and Iím sure itís not DOT.Ē

When Watts finally pulled Lopez over, dispatch instructed her to take down the officerís name and contact information. Instead, Watts is seen on her dashboard camera approaching the cruiser with her gun drawn. Once Lopez exited the cruiser, Watts placed him in handcuffs.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the union representing Miami officers, slammed the state trooperís behavior.
Lopez was arrested, and charged with reckless driving, with a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail. In court Monday, prosecutors made an offer: if Lopez agrees to plead guilty or no-contest to the charge, they would spare him from time in jail. However, he would still be left with a criminal record if a judge agreed to convict him.
The court could also agree to withhold adjudication, which is often done for first offenders.
If Lopez agrees, he could also face a $500 fine and be required to pay court costs of more than $3000.
Prosecutors gave Lopez a week to decide. If he declines the deal, they said they would add a second charge of reckless driving for speeding away from trooper Watts and set a trial date.
Deal Between City Of Miami, Police Union Satisfies Both Parties
September 12, 2012 1:11 PM
Everybody is happy except the poor people who live here and become of victim of his brutality. Very good reason to stay out of Miami

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 2:10 pm
Chris is still racking up legal fees. Please do not forget about Chris. It doesn't have to be a large amount. Anything will be appreciated. Thank all of you so very much:)
Hugs Kathy

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 4:37 pm
Thank you Charles. I know care2 is having tech issues right now (the noting number is way wrong) but please voice you support for Chris and outrage about the corruption in the Miami thug police department. Ortiz must be stopped

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 4:51 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks for sharing this article Kathy.

Peggy A (109)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:14 pm

Laurie H (817)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:42 pm
This situation is sadly noted-Thanks Kathy. Heaven help the innocent, unsuspecting person who may fall prey to such an individual, who has no business wearing a badge.~~

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 5:51 pm
Noted, with disgust...We are losing our rights as Citizens of the United States, and no one does anything about it...These Cops beat up, and shoot and kill more, and more people every day, and kill more and more pets as well...These Cops are becoming the criminals, and they get away with it every time...

Sue McGuey (106)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:11 pm
Noted!~ Posted article to Facebook! Bad situation!:(((((((((

Phyllis P (237)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:29 pm
Nothing new. Even with the dash cam's they still get away with murder. S & N

Mary T (178)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:55 pm
Thanks Kathy, I have very little respect for some of our police they can really act like bullies sometimes and then our government treats the ones that are trying to help animals like we are crooks something very wrong with this picture, I wish Chris the best of luck on his case.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:57 pm
I sent stars to all those that I could, my deepest thanks to all of you:)

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:09 pm
Talk about a bully beat down. Can't make out much from the video but click on photos to see faces right afterwards.

Lydia S (155)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:54 pm
Truly insane & unjust !
This should be investigated by an outside authority .

Ellen m (215)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 9:05 pm
This whole brouhaha concerning Chris is wrong on so many levels, the addition of this dirty cop only adds to the many reasons Florida would be wise to drop the charges, though the testosterone level at this point makes that quite unlikely.
This has become a human rights issue as much as an animal welfare one..

And Chris' s weapon of choice, the camera, make's all of us at risk.

He was taking photos to help better protect animals for gods sake, not tresspassing/breaking into university science buildings trying to free lab monkeys and others so as to steal them away from vivisectionists..yet anyway.
And yes, I know well the difference ;-D.
Thanks Kathy - definitely sharing!

Jay curnow (196)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:22 am
noted & facebooked

Ness F (211)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:42 am
Noted with Thanks

Edwin M (346)
Friday February 15, 2013, 3:56 am
I agree with Lydia, these investigations should be turned over to some outside authority that can't be influenced. Thanks Kathy

Myraida Diaz (136)
Friday February 15, 2013, 7:53 am
Noted - Sharing info.

. (0)
Friday February 15, 2013, 10:20 am
noted. WTF is going on? Chris did nothing wrong-he was only out for good. Perhaps that is the problem. as for those dirty cops, it casts a pall over good cops who do their jobs. This whole thing stinks....TY Kathy

Lisa Germain (60)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:17 pm

Franco Di Palma (374)
Friday February 15, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thirty years on the job. This bum should be thrown out on his ass. Gives everyone a bad name. A real shame.

Florence Eaise (132)
Friday February 15, 2013, 6:02 pm
sharing this that sad excuse for a human being is obviously troubled he in nothing more than a BULLY with a badge who is abusing his power with impunity something must be done with this bully or someone may end upi getting hurt great post Kathy

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Monday February 18, 2013, 8:38 pm

Ana C (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 8:50 am
I am disgusted by 'Officer' Javier Ortiz. This 'officer', and I use the term loosely, is nothing more than a toxic, canker sore in the Miami-Dade Police Department. He is the kind of cop, other cops don't respect or want around as he gives them all a bad name.

I have personally read ALL the Civilian Investigative Panel reports about Javier Ortiz. I believe there are over 10 and it's always the same pattern. He hits, he beats, he lies, he forges, he curses them and he threatens peoples lives. It's all in writing and public.

It is a matter of time before this low class, ignorant, monster gets fired. I look forward to reading more about this lawsuit and the day he gets fired. I am sure it is coming soon. The amount of bad and negative experiences has built up and is against him. The employment clock s ticking. He's a disgrace.
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