Miami-Dade Major Nancy Perez, who is a public information officer, told a journalist today she was embarrassed for her department.
No, not because she had me arrested, then most likely ordered my video footage deleted – which is destruction of evidence – only for me to recover it a few days later.
She’s embarrassed at another female officer who took it upon herself to use her take-home squad car to carry a mattress on the roof.
An alert citizen snapped a photo of the cop car with the mattress mounted on top and sent it to Local 10 News.
Miami-Dade Police say it is a clear violation of their policy and immediately took Lyles’ patrol car, badge and gun. The incident is currently under investigation.
Lyles was not on duty at the time.
Miami-Dade Police officers who live in Miami-Dade are allowed to use their patrol cars for personal use in Miami-Dade County to run errands, but this was going too far. The policy increases police presence and if they see a crime can jump into action.
After 32 years on the force, you would think Sandra Lyles would be able to afford the basic delivery service which, of course, would have forced her to stay home all day, where it would arrived the moment she stepped into the shower.
Perez explains her embarrassment:
“It embarrasses not only the officer, but it embarrasses our department,” said Miami-Dade Police Commander Nancy Perez. “It is obvious we are not allowed to transport mattresses on the top of our marked police units. There are other items we cannot transport… animals to veterinarians, children to school.”
I’m thinking if she is that embarrassed over a stupid mistake made by a fellow officer involving a mattress on roof of the car, then she should be mortally embarrassed of having the video she thought she had deleted ending up going viral on Youtube.
Not to mention the screenshots of her face as she informed me that I was being arrested for failing to disperse when there were several other journalists in the area. If she doubted I was a journalist, all she needed to do was ask.
Even though we’re accustomed to seeing cops arrest journalists, we’ve never seen a public information officer arrest a journalist.
The case should be laughed out of court on March 28.
And I seriously doubt the video showing the cop car with the mattress on top will get near 100,000 views, which is the combined total from the two videos I recovered.
I do want to stress that the Miami-Dade Police Department kept it extremely professional that night until she decided to embarrasss them.
No wonder she wanted that video deleted.