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FHP trooper sues over illegal data searches

7:22 AM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper who arrested a Miami police officer clocked going 120 miles per hour on Florida's Turnpike says other law enforcement officers illegally accessed her personal information to intimidate her.
The Sun Sentinel reports that Trooper Donna Watts filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court seeking more than $1 million in damages. Watts says 88 officers illegally accessed her personal information more than 200 times.
Watts says officers then made threatening calls to her home, stopped their vehicles in front of her driveway and played pranks, such as sending pizza deliveries to her house.
Watts' October 2011 arrest of off-duty Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez made national news. Lopez was fired in September after an internal investigation found that he showed a pattern of reckless speeding.

Associated Press

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