After examining thousands of documents in Nancy Perez’s personnel file, it is clear that she is an overachiever when it comes to her job.
Starting at the Metro-Dade Police Department in 1986 at the age of 22, even before graduating from the police academy, the Havana-born Perez spent the next two decades climbing the ranks of the police bureaucracy, keeping a mostly clean slate.
There were a few setbacks along the way, including three divorces (and three name changes) and that one time when she was almost killed in the line of duty in 1990 after responding to an armed robbery, exchanging fire with masked gunmen armed with assault rifles; an incident that left her with lingering headaches.
But those are outnumbered by page after page of commendations, training certificates, outstanding evaluations and a bachelor’s degree from Lynn University she obtained while working full-time not to mention a Gold Medal of Valor for the shooting incident.
However, it apparently doesn’t take much to receive a commendation from the Miami-Dade Police Department (formerly Metro-Dade) considering she also received one for her work during the Occupy Miami eviction in which she arrested me.
A multitude of other officers also received the same commendation and truth be told, they deserved it considering they managed to evict the encampment without making a single arrest (other than me) and did not get into a physical confrontation with any of the activists, unlike what many other police departments throughout the country were doing during that time.
But Perez made a huge blunder that night by arresting me, which will come to light during today’s trial as she takes the witness stand in an attempt to convince the jury I broke the law the night of January 31, 2012.
We have gathered plenty of evidence in my defense, much of what I have written about here, but we will also introduce a surprise witness that will be our ace in the hole.
I am extremely confident with my attorney, Arnold Trevilla, who has been by my side since my first trial and I would recommend him to anybody who needs an aggressive defense attorney.
If I get convicted for resisting arrest, I can serve up to a year in jail but if I get acquitted, I can proceed with my planned lawsuit against the department for deleting my footage after my arrest, which I managed to recover.
Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Thomas D. Graham has printed out an endless amount of my blog posts with the plans to introduce it all in trial and will probably print this out as well in the hopes to convince the jury I got myself arrested on purpose with the sole plan to sue the department.
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But the jury will be hard-pressed to find any evidence to support that when they watch the two videos of my arrest.
In fact, they will see another side of the high-ranking major who makes more than $4,000 every two weeks as commander of the media relations department, a woman who rarely fails to put a positive spin on anything regarding her department.
And it’s not going to be pretty.