Miami-Dade Major Nancy Perez Caught in Lie on Witness Stand

I’m still converting clips of the trial so I can post them here but I couldn’t resist editing the above clip that shows Miami-Dade Police Major Nancy Perez lying blatantly on the witness stand about me calling her “names.”

As many commenters have confirmed, she made a horrible witness and didn’t do the state any favors.

I can only imagine how she will act during the civil trial that will eventually take place after I file my Section 1983 lawsuit against her and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Nancy Perez under cross examination by attorney Arnold Trevilla (Photo by Bruce Wayne Stanley)


The fact that she lied about me calling her names is not surprising. She also lied to a local news station that I was being monitored by the department’s Homeland Security Bureau because I had been making threats on the internet.

Prosecutor Thomas D. Graham acknowledged in court that the reason I was being monitored was because I had stated on either Facebook or Twitter that I would be documenting the Occupy Miami eviction, writing something to the effect of “let’s see what happens.”

I tried to search for that Facebook update or tweet but could not find it, but I could see myself writing something like that and even the judge said that doesn’t come close to being considered a threat.

And we saw what happened. I ended up in jail and had my footage deleted and I was under the threat of being imprisoned for a year.

The actual email from Homeland Security was not entered into evidence because it also mentioned that I had been arrested twice before, which is not something my attorney wanted the jury to know. And I can totally see his point even though I have no shame in arrests considering none of those charges stuck.

The email was sent eleven hours before my arrest but Perez testified that she had not viewed it until the following week because she had been teaching a class that day.

But she does have a department-issued Blackberry phone, which means she is able to access her emails even when she is not sitting in front of her computer.

And as the head of the department’s media relations department, it would be highly irresponsible and negligent to completely ignore her emails hours before what was to be one of the largest operations ever conducted by the police department.

After all, she claims, she is the type of public information officer who likes to take journalists by the hand in order to protect them from arrest.

She also testified that I made no attempt through the eviction to inform her that I was a journalist but that is not my responsibility.

In fact, it is her responsibility as a public information officer to reach out to me if she had any doubts or questions as to whether I was a journalist or a protester.

And considering she was among the officers that was blocking my shot as I was trying to record an arrest, she should have heard me tell one of the officers that I was doing a job.

Meanwhile, here is the testimony from my surprise witness, Miami Herald reporter Glenn Garvin.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • HenryGomez

    I love Garvin’s belly laugh at the end when the dirtbag prosecutor asks if journalism is a license for arrogance.

    • Difdi

      It’s not arrogant to expect people who swear oaths to uphold the law to actually know the law and uphold it.

      • steveo

        I would answer, no, sir, the arrogance thing is a license reserved for lawyers. Just ask Alan Kluger

  • AlphaValues

    Microsoft’s Exchange will log when email is opened from a Blackberry, assuming they’re using the Blackberry Enterprise Solution. This is highly likely, given the size of the organization. Whether the logs still exist, however, is another question. Don’t know if it’s worth trying to get the logs to empirically determine if Officer Perez did, in fact, see that email before the incident.

  • steveo

    This whole debate about being a journalist or not being a journalist is really irrelevant. If a human being is lawfully present he has the same rights as a journalist and a journalist has no less rights.

    The real issue should have been was Carlos, a human being, lawfully present at the time of the arrest 4 football fields away from the park, on a public sidewalk walking back to his car. I guess in the minds of the jurors this makes a difference, but legally it doesn’t.

    And why she charged Carlos with 843.02, is beyond me, she should have charged him with trespassing because it was her contention that he was walking back to the park, where the bullhorn Leo told the protestors that they would be arrested for trespassing, if they remained in the park, not obstruction or resisting. The Leos would then charge the protestor with 843.02, if they were being arrested for trespassing, if they resisted because that would be the lawful duty that the Leo is performing, but at the time she arrested Carlos, she wasn’t doing any legal or lawful duty.

    I guess I’ll have to wait for the SA’s closing argument and opening argument because I’m very confused with the State’s case.

    This SA is kind of humorous, too, because at the end of his cross or rebuttal, he asks ridiculous questions that he knows are going to be objected to like the arrogance comment and the blog questions to Perez.

  • HenryGomez

    And Major Perez looks like she fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

    • Difdi

      Then climbed back up and jumped again.

  • Bruce Charles Currie

    “Is journalism a licence for arrogance?” Can’t believe that lawyer said that. Oh, wait a minute, he’s a lawyer, of course he said that.

  • GodsServant

    Don’t hate on Nancy Perez. The community has no idea how many times she has saved our asses and kept our streets safe. And as far as the comment of her “falling out a tree”, it shows how immature and ignorant you are. Do us a favor, if you ever are robbed or your house is broken into, don’t call the police.