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Florida Cop Accuses Cop Watcher of Masturbating in Car in Order to Stop him from Recording him

Like most cops, Lakeland police officer Javier Perez does not like to be video recorded by pesky citizens with cameras, especially a particular individual named Michael Burns from Cop Block Central Florida who video records cop in his area on a regular basis.

But rather than threaten Burns with arrest as so many cops have done in the past, Perez decided to resort to a more creative method to prevent Burns from recording him as he worked an off-duty security shift in front of the Hookah Palace one night back in January.

Never identifying himself as a cop, Perez called his own department’s non-emergency line to report a “suspicious person” sitting inside his vehicle in front of the hookah lounge, telling the dispatcher, “I think he’s masturbating.”

Within minutes, a pair of Lakeland cops confronted Burns in his car, demanding his identification, treating him as if he was a sexual offender that needed to be locked up.

To his credit, the responding cop wasn’t too concerned that Burns was recording him and eventually figured out that Burns was only recording cops.

And Burns figured out pretty quickly that it was a cop who had accused him of masturbating, so he decided to make a public records requests for the number that called on him, (407) 221-5923, tracing it back to Perez.

“I did a Spokeo search and it came back to a Javier Perez,” Burns said in a telephone interview. “I then Googled the name and discovered a Javier Perez had been hired by the Lakeland Police Department.”

Several of us at PINAC also called the number several times, only for it to lead to a generic voice mail.

Lakeland

On Friday, July 13, 2012, eleven officers were sworn in as members of the Lakeland Police Department. This completed their six-weeks in the Mini Academy, and now they are ready to begin the next phase of their training as Lakeland Police officers. These officers will begin the Field Training phase and will be learning more about the department and community they have been sworn to serve. Police Chief Lisa Womack welcomed the officers during the ceremony and told them “I look forward to the great work you will do for our community, and I know you will be an asset to the department.” The new officers are: Justin Conatser, Biko Duhaney, Jason Gates, John McLaughlin, Orlando Pacheco, Javier Perez, Jaclyn Rose, Cory Suttle, Jerry Wallace, Rodney Wilkerson, and Scott Weech

 

So can we still be certain the Perez in the picture, whom we can assume is one of two of the Hispanic-looking men on the right side, is the same Perez who accused Burns of masturbating in his car, even though when pressed by the dispatcher, the caller stated that he couldn’t tell whether Burns was black or white?

Burns did another public records request, asking for recordings of all the calls made to the non-emergency number from the same number that reported him to be possibly masturbating.

And that further confirmed the number belonged to a cop.

But the Lakeland Police Department bleeped out any references to the officer’s name, claiming they are required to do so by a law.

The other calls were mostly boring cop business, including at least one call inquiring whether he should bring pretzels to the office.

However, a Lakeland police sergeant who is Perez’s supervisor has since confirmed to Burns that the officer is being investigated for making false reports as you can see in his video above.

But we already know that when cops investigate cops, it usually leads to cops protecting cops. And we can already see that being the case here when the sergeant states he is investigating Perez for making false 911 calls.

But since it’s already been confirmed the calls were made to the department’s non-emergency line, we can already see where they are going with this; essentially preparing to sweep this under the carpet by informing Burns that no law or policy was broken because the calls were not made to 911.

But the Florida law regarding false reports of crimes does not require them to be made to 911.

817.49 False reports of commission of crimes; penalty.—Whoever willfully imparts, conveys or causes to be imparted or conveyed to any law enforcement officer false information or reports concerning the alleged commission of any crime under the laws of this state, knowing such information or report to be false, in that no such crime had actually been committed, shall upon conviction thereof be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Tonight, Burns is visiting with the sergeant, ensuring he will record the conversation, so we will be updating this piece with that recording by morning hopefully.

But the sergeant will also be recording the interview, which, of course, is recommended in order to conduct a thorough investigation.

However, Perez will be allowed to review the recording before he provides his own statement, which goes against any proper protocol for a thorough investigation.

And from there it goes to internal affairs, so Perez should have nothing to worry about.

 

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  • Mark Moore

    “Always accuse your enemy of what yourself are guilty.” Perez probably masturbated before and after confronting Burns and will masturbate during the IA investigation.

    • Carlos_Miller

      He probably masturbated all over those pretzels he brought to the office.

      • rust

        Extra mayo.

    • rust

      Is that a Latin American thing? My second ex-wife from Chile used to pull that number on me all the time.

      • inquisitor

        …she was a serial masturbator?

        • rust

          God no, she always accused me of what her shortcomings were. But she was a serial liar.

          • inquisitor

            I was kidding. Because if she were a serial masturbator, she might have been worth the trouble to keep around. Just depends on whom she was masturbating.
            But congrats on the divorce.
            A great weight is lifted once one can distance themselves from this sort.

  • http://www.eyesonauthority.com/ Eyes On Authority

    Just to update.correct, the Sgt investigating is Perez’s supervisor. He will pass his findings on to IA that will then make a (hopefully the correct) decision. He is not with IA

  • $7173022

    Isn’t false claims against someone to others resulting in damage or trouble to the party considered defamation and isn’t defamation lawsuit material?

    • Difdi

      Yes, it is. And because it was done off-duty in his capacity as a private citizen, he’ll pay any judgment against him out of his own pocket.

      • $910553

        Which is why the “Legal” system will not let this go to trial.

    • CapeCodJim

      He will have a good case against Perez because rhe false claims are of a sexual nature.

      • inquisitor

        Wonder if Perez has a criminal record?
        Like lewd behaviors or domestic violence toward women.

  • pink rod

    Officer Perez is the real jerk off.

  • So Done

    A liar is a liar and Javier Perez has proven that he is a liar and that he can’t be trusted. Why would anyone hire a dishonest person like Mr. Perez

    • JCFROMNJ

      Why wouldn’t they NOT hire a person like Perez ? he fits right in.

    • kraz

      Because that’s exactly the kind of people PDs across the US are intentionally hiring.

      • inquisitor

        Perez is already bucking for promotion.

        Shoot a dog, beat to death a homeless man and shoot an old lady jaywalker and you just made sergeant.

  • JCFROMNJ

    I’m loving this already !
    How fucking Cop Stupid do you have to be to be hired by the Lakeland PD ? is there NO shame
    in the quality of Public Servants down there in Lakeland ?

    This is so dumb shit, that they MUST give the boot to Perez. As for the IA investigation, you may have to initiate one independently if these bozo’s go the usual route of “not sustained” or Perez wasn’t even in the State of Florida on the night in question !

    I’d like to see how would Perez get around the “first hand personal knowledge”
    requirement for a witness.

    • $910553

      I hate to break this to you, Binky, but this is the standard for “Law Enforcement” ANYWHERE in this entire country.

  • GreenTriumph1

    There are about 6 people in the Academy’s Graduation photo that are going to be trouble. You can see the expression of arrogance and the power that they crave on their faces.

    • inquisitor

      I had the same thoughts.
      You can tell a lot about body language and faces.

      But I only counted 5….

      Fifth person from the left, back row, white male…serial killer…Officer Dexter.
      Second person from right, latino…serial masturbator and groper…he is just too happy. I suspect this is the criminal false caller in question.
      Sixth guy from right, latino…boxer…this is the guy who will do the ground and pound for failure to ID. The logical second pick as the false caller in question.
      Seventh guy from right, back row, African-American…look at that face bra’…he is just ready to steal. Looks like he just stole something before they snapped the photo.
      Seventh guy from the left, back row, white male…MASTER BLASTER RUN BARTERTOWN!!!

  • Rail Car Fan

    What…? You’re telling me cops lie..!..? Tell me it isn’t so! (Emoticon of eyes rolling upward)

    Rail Car Fan

  • Pragmatic Liberaltarian

    Well done on the investigation. If nothing else, you’ve exposed Mr. Perez as incompetent in hiding his tracks.

  • doodleberry

    File a lawsuit. If nothing else the discovery process would be epic.

  • doodleberry

    Any case that Perez now has to testify in he will be eatin alive by the opposing defense attorney.

    • $910553

      Wanna bet on that? Do you not YET understand how corrupt this country’s “Legal” system has become???

      • n4zhg

        You can still get put on the “Brady list” which is the kiss of death for a cop.

        • $910553

          Once again, wanna make a bet on THAT being done to this swill???

    • JCFROMNJ

      He is now on his way to becoming a “Brady Cop”, a list for shitheads that can no longer be trusted to testify in any preceding before the court

      • n4zhg

        It’s not that they can no longer be trusted to testilie, it’s that they can no longer be used because evidence of their lying in the past can be brought by defense attorneys, destroying a case.

  • Boomer

    Two observations prior to viewing the video.

    Isn’t Lakeland the department with the disastrous sex scandal over the past couple of years? 20 or so officers became embroiled in the mess that resulted. It ranged from a dolt who forced a woman on the side of the road to lift up her bra in public and shake it to demonstrate she had no drugs, to numerous on-duty sex encounters by sworn officers.

    And to put a fine point on it, the Chief in the above photo, Lisa Womack, was terminated in early May.

    Any thoughts on expecting any sort of professional behavior from them? Doubtful, at best.

    And I thought it was odd, that article referenced eleven new officers, and the photograph shows thirteen in dark shirts, and two, apparently a supervisor and Chief Womack, in white. Maybe it’s the picky bastard in me, but odd things like that jump out at me.

    • inquisitor

      The ability to count accurately is probably not considered an important skill as an officer.

      Every department has some shit like this going on.
      They usually have one night a week reserved at the local whorehouse just for them.
      Where they party with some drugs skimmed off a seizure or from the evidence room.

    • JCFROMNJ
  • pete

    Is the person white or black? Answer: I don’t know, I couldn’t really tell. I think he was white.

    So, you couldn’t tell if he was white or black, but you’re sure he’s jerking off while sitting in his car. Ya, I could see his unit from afar, but not his skin color. Riiiiiiiight. Also, if he had, “it”, “out” while sitting in his car, you’d have to be right next to the SUV in order to see “it”. This guys story is so full of shit. Sue his dumb ass.

  • n4zhg

    This cop should receive the maximum sentence possible for whatever law violation public masturbation falls under. And that includes mandatory registration as a sex offender. Let him sleep under a bridge for the next fifteen years.

  • http://www.policemisconduct.net Film The Police Always

    Mr. Burns, PLEASE tell me you are suing this perez piece of shit? PLEASE make his life miserable. He tried to do it to you, so don’t feel bad about going after him. He’s a piece of SHIT!

  • Native Born American

    ZERO tolerance for corrupt cops. If anyone else did this, they’d go to jail. Take his badge, take his gun, take his rights, take his freedom, just like anyone else. Period.

    • acmavm

      ZERO tolerance.

      Well, we’re down to Andy and Barney now. Wonder how they feel about overtime.

  • StreyDawg

    I didn’t know Charlie Brown’s mom was a police dispatcher.

  • American Patriot

    Typical NAZI attitude!
    Always attack the people you are supposedly ‘sworn’ to protect….BIG JOKE PEOPLE!
    Cops are NOT your friend, they WILL lie and cheat to get your money from you, no matter what.
    Cops are actually PROPERTY of those that pay their salaries also.
    And AS EMPLOYEES, they have ZERO constitutional rights when in uniform!
    Being property makes them ABSOLUTELY ACCOUNTABLE to the people!

  • American Patriot

    As we all know, 100% of the cops are NOT elected, but HIRED, and by a few people, not the majority of the citizens, therefore, a cop does not have powers or real authority over the people.
    Employees are NOT granted ANY rights or powers in the constitution, the Declaration of Independence nor any other venue, and a town committee does not have such powers either. None are granted to any government employee or court. One does not ‘get’ power to abuse and threaten by any fabrication of any law within our borders. And when a cop knowingly violates any law, they lose any and all protections and defense within and by said ‘laws’ or ordinances, as you can never lawfully defend abuse of office as a job description, it does NOT exist!
    Murder by cop os an excuse handed to people the cops wish to eliminate, and that information is freely handed to the newspapers and local TV stations with a note about the ‘offender’s alledged past, as well as how the cops decided he ‘needed’ to be ‘taken care of’ according to them alone. Cops have become the law unto themselves, and WITHOUT the force of law to support them, they are simply assassins YOU are supporting and pandering to!
    If the ‘police’ can fabricate stories, slander people without proof, then we do NOT need them, they have become a hindrance to OUR society as well as a danger to everybody!
    There is but ONE elected cop, and that is the sheriff, ALL the rest are EMPLOYEES!
    As an EMPLOYEE in YOUR job, do YOU get the right to order your EMPLOYER to do anything?
    I thought not!

  • American Patriot

    If, when you sign a CONTRACT to join the military, and then assume you are ‘property’ because you are EMPLOYED by the military, then the SAME holds true for ANY government employee, INCLUDING POLICE!
    You are HIRED as an EMPLOYEE, and as such, YOU do NOT have the right or authority to force the people to do anything they do not wish to do, and also, you are NOT placed in a position to abuse, beat, kill, murder, rape or torture, based solely on YOUR JOB and its assumed powers. That ‘power’ does NOT LEGALLY EXIST IN YOUR WORLD!

  • American Patriot

    Police DO have a MASTER, and that master, are the PEOPLE that EMPLOY YOU!
    Once these NAZIS understand they are not granted power, and realize that we DO in fact have every right to defend ourselves from attacks by them, they will live a happier life, as well as have no need to act like a terrorist, as many do these days.
    You CAN be eliminated from your jobn by several methods, and the ones you do NOT want to face comes from the people hunting you down and exerting revenge on a shooting you have no justification or validation that such an act or acts, were ‘necessary’. Your life is no more important than ANY OTHER!
    Pandering to this mindset is DANGEROUS and CRIMINAL!

  • Minister Rutherford

    Next time just call from a burner. Good on the person who reported the suspected pervert masturbating in his car!

  • dexter malloy

    I have the best revenge.. fuck your local police officer’s wives ;)

    • http://www.eyesonauthority.com/ Eyes On Authority

      the younger officer that responded to the call has an extremely hot girlfriend… (one day police will learn to not have public facebook accounts).. but.. needless to say that girl can do much better

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