Miami Cop Fausto Lopez's 120 MPH Turnpike Drive Caught On Video

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​How often does one grainy police video end up capturing the best and worst of local cops? One on side, there's Fausto Lopez -- a 35-year-old Miami police officer whose name immediately joins the bad cop pantheon of Adam Tavss, Derick Kuilan and Lavont Flanders after he led a Florida Highway Patrol trooper on a 120-mile-per-hour, four-minute dash along the Turnpike.

On the other, though, the footage shows remarkable work by a trooper named D.J. Watts. Instead of the usual good ol' boys policy of letting another cop's bad behavior slide, Watts arrests Lopez at gunpoint and tells it like it is: "To me, you are a criminal."

Amen to that!

Here's the video:



After his arrest, which happened back on Oct. 11 around 6:30 in the morning, Lopez was charged with misdemeanor dangerous driving.

The video of his joyride went viral on the web this weekend -- for obvious reasons. How often do you see a cop arrest another cop with such outrage over his bullshit behavior?

But it leaves a whole raft of questions for Miamians.

Like why do only 10 percent of Miami cops actually live in Miami, a situation that leaves guys like Lopez scorching at three times the speed limit to get to an off-duty gig on time?

And what is acting Miami police chief Manuel Orosa going to have to do to change the culture over at MPD? Granted, Lopez's arrest came just a couple weeks after Orosa took over -- but it's a stark reminder that sacking Miguel Exposito didn't instantly solve the deep-seeded issues in the department.

All the chief would tell the Miami Herald this morning is that "we're investigating internally."

If Lopez is back on the streets in a couple weeks with an IA slap on the wrist, it's going to feel an awful lot like the Expo Era never really ended.

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44 comments
robert
robert

officer fausto lopez do not respect the law, he thinks he is above the law you need to go to jail and pay the price, sir you are a felon, you are a disgrace to the uniform shame on you!!!!!!

dunca
dunca

Thats the MPD. Since, hiring majority hispanic police officers, they (the doom scodd copps) have turned south florida into south america. MPD targets black people and poor white people. The hispanic police tell everyone "floridia belong to the spanish people (not the native people or indigineous people), but the hispanic's.

This has been going on for a couple decades. It just recently started affecting white people. So now, the white people are taking notice. Those cops hated Shaq (although they pretend to like him), Shaq made it safe for the Miami Heat Basketball players to avoid harassment from the "Doom Scodd."

I don't know if y'all remember, but Shaq is a real Deputy Sheriff.

Unit109
Unit109

Now when FHP gets in trouble and needs Miami PD to back them up, how fast do you think Miami PD will drive to assist the FHP?

VET03
VET03

She's an embarrassment to the badge - and next time one of you jackasses get pulled over by FHP, don't forget to ASK for the ticket first, because you are all such good citizens! NO MORE COURTESY FOR ANYONE! NO MORE VERBAL OR WRITTEN WARNINGS! NO MORE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. MOST IMPORTANTLY - NO MORE DISCRETION! EVERYONE IS IN!!!

Micheal
Micheal

Time to hire Dexter to clean up the mess in the Miami PD

WILLIAM GONZALEZ
WILLIAM GONZALEZ

Hats off to FHP, Finally someone with COJONES arrived and put these Miami Dade Clowns in CHECK, I am sick and tired seeing these cowboys treat these streets like this was GRAND THEFT AUTO, Miami Dade Mayor and Head of Police has got to put a STOP to this madness among the force, There are plenty of people who need Officer Fausto Lopez job right now and are willing to perform the DUTY diligently and as a proper officer of the Law, another thing there is no BS like Hign End People out there, every person in this world from a child to a senior are just as important so Officer Fausto Lopez you have broken the full extent of the LAW for PERSONAL GREED and for that you must be punished and hopefully thrown out of the workforce, Your type give Law Enforcement a BAD SMELL.

Mike
Mike

deep-seated, not deep-seeded

BadNamePigs
BadNamePigs

Fausto Lopez, you sir are a dickhead.

Hugh J.
Hugh J.

If anything detrimental happens to the lady trooper as a result of this I hope we all raise hell over it to support her for doing a great job!  

Marc Medios
Marc Medios

Sucker bets:

1. Nothing will happen to the cop2. The trooper won't be at her job next year3. Nothing will change in Miami

The police in this city are embarassing

cheese101
cheese101

What an idiot.  Thank you Trooper  Watts for honoring your badge and upholding your duty.  Lopez should be fired, no excuse for driving that fast just to get to work on-time.  It proves he lacks the thought process and maturity to be an officer.

Xo
Xo

Good for her!! Having witnessed cops getting away with flashing their badges just WAY TOO OFTEN, this makes me proud!

mm2kay
mm2kay

No he should be fired.

Chuck Livid
Chuck Livid

That trooper should be commended! Just because he's a police officer it does not mean he can do whatever the hell he wants. Well done FHP.

Robertdiinero
Robertdiinero

GOOD FOR HER!! Just cause ur a cop doesn't mean the laws and rules don't apply to you.. This cop should be demoted to traffic duty, pay a hefty fine, and do some community service. ass-h0le

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

AMEN !   FHP used to do the same to EMS & fire trucks 10 years ago. FHP has always had a chip on their shoulder against everyone.

Japelky
Japelky

And next time a cop gets caught breaking the law - stop expecting corrupt special treatment.  Or you can get an education and a real job?

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

Funny thing here is...When your ass is SHOT in the streets of Miami by some thug you will BE BEGGING for Miami PD to get the guy wont you? You will be BEGGING MPD to call Miami Fire/Rescue wont you?  Lets not forget fellas, you BASH MPD, and you BASH Miami Fire/Rescue too ! Both Depts work for the same major and all know each other. Its a brotherhood.  One day, you will need an Ambulance, one day you will need a Fire truck, one day you will need a Police Officer. So watch your tongue. On the other hand, we do NOT need FHP, if its the city, the coty can handle if they wish. If its the County, the County can handle if they wish. FHP works in cooperation with local Depts. So remember that FHP when you piss on one of your local agencies....Fire/Rescue wont come to save you. PD wont come to back you up. FHP doesnt have a large force, FHP needs local agencies to assist them. What happens when that lonly trooper needs help? And noone comes....Are you? Mr. Gonzalez, are you going to help FHP? Or better yet, what happens when FHP stops you Mr. Gonzalez? You want some of that FHP runchy treatment? You are talking out of your ass Gonzalez, shut up while your ahead.

Jak
Jak

Um, no. It's "deep-seeded". "Deep-seated" doesn't make any sense at all.

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

The apple does not fall far from the tree...I bet you wish you was a cop but all you are is a construction worker with no education. I bet you love corruption because you are one of the green house weed growers in your neighborhood. I bet if you had a son he wouldn't want to be like you because he wants to be a better person. So just shut up, because I am sure your life isnt so "holy" either jackass. 

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

People usually hate cops because they want to be a cop themselves and are jealous that they cant do those things. So I am sorry that you have so much jealousy, maybe you should become a cop? Oh wait, you probably would have done that already if you could wouldn't you?  Is it because you have a few felonies on your record? Too bad, oh well. I guess you are just one big looser aren't you :) 

VET03
VET03

And you're a cocksucker!

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

Oh is that right? What exactly are you going to do? Back her up on every call she goes on? Because I can assure you, Miami PD wont....Miami Dade Sheriff wont....I even bet her own FHP troopers are trying to stay as far away as they can from her right now. So I am glad to hear that she has some "joe blow" nobody that is willing to stand behind her. Judging by the radio transmissions it sounds as if her supervisor doesn't like her either. She is probably one of those bitch cops that are just angry at everyone she encounters. So do you REALLY think if you came across this trooper that she would treat you with respect? ? Come on moron, the point you are missing here is if she does this to a real cop, what do you think she will do to YOU ?  Or your wife, or your teenager that has a lead foot? Come on, all of us DADs will have a teenager that a lead foot,...You want this trooper mistreating your child like this?  A traffic citation is one thing, but to point her gun and cuff a uniformed officer when all he deserved was a written reprimand from his own Dept means something is wrong mentally with this lady. Lets not forget the Trooper DISOBEYED a DIRECT order from her Supervisor to stop the chase and to just notify MPD of the conduct. Trooper ignored the order. This lady is on her own vigilante mission, which is a dangerous mindset. Just imagine what she will do to normal citizens.... 

Jbonomi
Jbonomi

well put, cheese.  I agree completely.

myangeldust
myangeldust

Out comes the raving mad Cuban once again.

myangeldust
myangeldust

Really? Is this your pop psychology at work again?

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

Oh shut up with your BS, you would be the first begging the officer not to give you a ticket and how many times do cops give "warnings" when a ticket was warranted? 

JOCELYNSAMMY
JOCELYNSAMMY

``She did the right thing by stopping him but she didn't handle the situation correctly! If you really take the time to listen to the video she stated to Lopez that "HE WAS GOING TO GET IT" then she goes on to say how how WE ALL IN MIAMI DO things, THIS FHP IS NOTHING BUT A RACIST & just imagine how this FHP would treat a regular civillian if she treats a fellow officer in this manner! In my opinion she gave women officers a bad name & should take some classes on how to treat others!

myangeldust
myangeldust

If you arse is shot you're really begging for an ambulance. Good news is EMTs will arrive before Miami PD gets there.

AngryHumanoid
AngryHumanoid

Deep seatedadj.1. Being so far below the surface as to be unsusceptible to superficial examination, study, or treatment: a deep-seated infection.2. Deeply rooted; ingrained: deep-seated ideological differences.There is no such thing as "deep seeded", people incorrectly use it in place of the accurate "deep seated".

myangeldust
myangeldust

If you are a construction worker with no education then all you need is a GED and you can BE a cop. A GED or high school diploma is all you need to become a police officer. Oh, and as long as you're not as crazy as "Honest Reviews" you can pass the psych evaluation and you're in!

They teach you all you need to know at the academy... Miami PD will teach you a little bit "extra" if you sign up with them. If you learn it well it may result in getting pulled over by FHP or becoming a lucrative druglord on the side.

myangeldust
myangeldust

It's like you're a psychologist, not really. You know what you call someone who wants to be a cop but isn't? A security guard. But they're rarely jealous of cops. In fact, they usually defend cops. In their defense of cops they like to use the word "jealous" a whole lot.

Is that you? Are you a security guard going all out and protecting someone you don't know only because they work in a job you wanted but weren't able to get? It's night now, are you doing this while on the job? The mall is closed so it must be a carpark.

Mike
Mike

Totally agree. I bet she is put in the basement of HQ shining a seat and still wishing she had a penis.

myangeldust
myangeldust

Miami-Dade doesn't have a sheriff. Do you wear a cowboy outfit when you write this stuff?

myangeldust
myangeldust

That's your best response? "Loser" and "overdose on pop" is the best you can come up with? You're a girl scout cookie.

Mike
Mike

I see you are still talking smack and have not overdosed on pop yet. It is coming and can't come soon enough. By the way, how many times have you went shopping for oxycontin in FL, loser?

myangeldust
myangeldust

This one doesn't even make sense. You're losing it quick.

myangeldust
myangeldust

Dude, I knew you were Cuban. Racism runs deep in that lot. And you've just displayed it here for ALL to see. Everything you just wrote is straight out of Miami Vice (pick any episode). Hmmm, "turf"? My guess is you're over 45 years old or you'd be watching Burn Notice. So is it Wescheta or Hialeah? I'm trying to narrow it down one of the two Cuban versions of the Jersey Shore in Miami.

Honest Reviews
Honest Reviews

Your black huh?  How about all of the gang related murders? black on black crime is on the rise in Miami. So do me a favor BLACK GUY, when the black community calms down with spaying AK-47 ammunition into a crowd and killing innocent children all for the name of DRUGS turf, then you can come back and whine about the police not showing you "love"  Until then, shut the FUCK UP because YOU have bigger problems then MPD!

Britishjam454
Britishjam454

Ho!!!!!  and MPD knows how to treat  regular civilians any differently, give me a break,calling her a RACIST that not racism that doing her job . I am BLACK I know a racist  MPD is full of them.

Mike
Mike

Your handle says all anyone needs to know about you. Don't worry anyone, this dust head will be serving time soon or even better dead.

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