The Bizarre World of Florida

Florida cop fired for taunting hungry inmate with french fries, then threatening to Tase him August 6, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Mental Abuse,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:52 pm

Police-with-Taser-Flickr-creative-commonsA Sanford, Florida police officer was fired after he taunted a jailed inmate with McDonald’s french fries and later threatened the inmate with his service Taser while the inmate washed his patrol car, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Nine-year-veteran Mickey Hinkley was placed on administrative leave when his superiors discovered the incidents on June 4, 2014, but was only fired yesterday after an investigation determined that he had violated departmental policy.

According to police documents obtained by The Sentinel, Hinkley forced inmate Victor Gonzaga Rivera to wash his patrol car. When Hinkley complained that Rivera had not put enough “tire shine” on his wheels, he also activated his service Taser, which caused an afraid Rivera to take off running.

Rivera was not hurt, and Hinkley told investigators that he was merely “testing” his Taser when he turned it on. The investigation also revealed that earlier that same day, Hinkley had taunted Rivera with a bag from McDonald’s that he claimed contained french fries.

“Here’s your food,” he told the hungry inmate, before refusing to give him any.


After pulling over a speeding police officer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper says she was harassed and threatened by other cops. February 11, 2014

_h0_w305_m6_otrue_lfalseFlorida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

Not certain who was behind the wheel, she approached the car warily, with gun drawn, according to video from her cruiser’s dashboard camera. “Put your hands out of the window! Right now!” she yelled. It turned out the driver was Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez, in full uniform. Watts holstered her gun but still handcuffed him and took his weapon.

“I apologize,” Lopez said, explaining that he was late for an off-duty job.

“You were running 120 miles an hour!” Watts barked back.

That October 2011 confrontation made national headlines and eventually got Lopez fired. But Watts’ actions involving a fellow officer didn’t sit well with many in law enforcement, and not long after she made that traffic stop, she says, the harassment began. Random telephone calls on her cell phone. Some were threats and some were prank calls, including orders for pizza. Unfamiliar vehicles and police cars sat idling in her cul-de-sac. She was afraid to open her mailbox.

Watts suspected her private driver’s license information was being accessed by fellow officers, so she made a public records request with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It turned out she was right: over a three-month period, at least 88 law enforcement officers from 25 different agencies accessed Watts’ driver’s license information more than 200 times, according to her lawyer.

Law enforcement officers have long been known to band together and protect each other, but Watts said in her lawsuit that these actions went too far.

Watts is suing those police agencies and the individual officers under the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, a 1994 law that provides for a penalty of $2,500 for each violation if the information was improperly accessed. Watts’ attorney, Mirta Desir, said it’s clear most of the officers had no legitimate reason to look up her data. If all the searches were found illegal, Watts could receive more than $500,000.

“Ultimately what it comes down to is a violation of privacy,” Desir said. “It wasn’t for any legitimate purpose on the part of the police officers and it was done by people in a position of trust.”

According to court documents, most of the individual officers named in Watts’ lawsuit did face some disciplinary action, usually a written reprimand. But lawyers for the agencies have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that under the U.S. Constitution, Congress cannot hold police officers liable for merely accessing the information, but only if they try to sell it. And some claim they did have a legitimate reason.

For example, a lawyer for fellow state Trooper Andrew Cobb said in court papers that he accessed Watts’ information after “hearing rumors that other troopers were threatening” her and that his actions were done “out of concern for a fellow trooper” and as “a matter of public safety.” Under Highway Patrol policy, employees typically are not permitted to comment on legal matters.

The challenge by some Florida police agencies to the driver’s license law has drawn the attention of the U.S. Justice Department, which is defending its constitutionality. In its own court November filing, the Justice Department insists that numerous courts have held that Congress can regulate such activity even if the items involved aren’t being sold.

“There is value in drivers’ information and a market for it,” the Justice Department lawyers said. “What the defendants fail to recognize is that there is value in drivers’ information whether or not it is actually sold.”

The legal clash over Watts’ lawsuit comes as some police agencies are seeking changes in the driver’s license law itself. Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Agencies, said law enforcement officials are concerned that lawyers are using the law to target individual officers who access the information. He noted that the $2,500 penalty per violation can add up quickly.

“In our view, it was not what the federal law was enacted to counteract,” Johnson said. “I think it would be unfair and outside the scope of the legislation to think individuals would get whacked like that.”

NAPO is lobbying Congress to remove the automatic $2,500 penalty and change the law so that a violation could only occur if there was “specific intent to secure an economic benefit,” according to the organization’s documents.

Desir, the attorney representing Watts, said anyone can ask the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for a report — known as D.A.V.I.D., for Driving and Vehicle Information Database — on who has accessed their driver’s license information and how many times. But it isn’t easy.

“You don’t even know you’ve been looked up unless you make a concerted effort to find out,” she said.

A judge is expected to rule on the law enforcement agency and officers’ motions to dismiss in the coming weeks, which will determine whether the lawsuit continues. Desir said Watts, who had been assigned to road patrol in Broward County, has relocated and is no longer driving a cruiser, although she still works for the Highway Patrol. Through Desir, Watts declined to be interviewed.

“She’s doing OK,” Desir said.


Cosmetic surgeon accused waterboarding girlfriend over Facebook post May 12, 2013

sfl-flduh-waterboarding-girlfriend-20130509-001MIAMI – A South Florida plastic surgeon is in jail after police say he tortured and tried to kill his girlfriend.

Police say Orlando Llorente was mad at his girlfriend because of something she had posted on Facebook.

He reportedly dragged her by the hair into the bathroom, forced her head in the toilet, then poured water over her head in the bathtub — similar to waterboarding.

The incident allegedly took place on April 21st inside Llorente’s apartment at the Brickell First residences in Miami.

After nearly 16 hours of being tortured, the victim convinced him to stop, freed herself and called police.


Man Told Police He Abused Baby Because He Enjoyed Causing Her Pain April 16, 2013

Rony-VeusAPOPKA, FL – Police have charged 23-year-old Rony Veus with  the murder of his 1-year-old daughter, saying that he admitted to abusing his  daughter because he liked to cause her pain.

Police responding to a home after a 911 call about a girl who wasn’t  breathing, found Veus performing CPR on  his daughter. He told them he found her not breathing and unconscious.

The infant was rushed to the hospital where she remained in a coma with  bleeding on the brain until Saturday when the girl died. Staff told  investigators that they suspected the girl had been abused, so investigators  interviewed Veus.

During this interview, Veus admitted  he has thoughts of harming his daughter and feels relieved when he causes her  pain or discomfort. He said he’s acted on these thoughts by pulling her hair,  pushing her down, forcing her to eat cinnamon, and burning her with a cigar.

Veus also told police he suffers from depression and schizophrenia and he  needs mental help. Veus’ mother said she never thought her son could abuse  his daughter, but had suspected something was going on.

“I asked him ‘what’s going on?’ He said he don’t know. I said ‘what did you  do with the baby I see something on her feet?’ He say he don’t know,” said  Maritelle Thelemaque.

Initially arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a child, Rony Veus  is now facing murder charges.


Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief resigns after sexual harassment allegations from female officers March 8, 2013

Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley is no longer on the job, a school district official said.


Hurley submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 8, a district official confirmed to NBC 6 on Wednesday. Two female Miami-Dade Schools Police officers filed lawsuits in January claiming that Hurley sexually harassed them, and then retaliated against them after they refused his advances.

“I have a lot to say about it, but I’m not making any comment,” Hurley told NBC 6 Wednesday night. “I won’t be making any comments.”

Officers Deanna Fox-Williams and Yewande Gibson’s lawsuits in Miami-Dade County civil court alleged that Hurley, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho and the school board violated federal and state law when they were sexually harassed by Hurley and then suffered retaliation afterward.

Following their lawsuits, a third female officer also said she was sexually harassed by Hurley, while the school district said that he had been demoted.

“A lot of these allegations have not been proven, however what we understand is that there’s sufficient evidence to concern the administration, to concern the superintendent,” Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo said.

Curbelo called the situation “regrettable.”

“Do we expect the highest, ethical and moral standards from our employees? Absolutely, especially those that are in leadership positions,” he said.

The district is conducting a search for a new police chief for the department, which has 161 officers.


Robber allegedly pushed man out of wheelchair into traffic; pooch hurt February 28, 2013

A known gang member was arrested Wednesday on robbery and attempted murder charges after snatching cash from a disabled man and pushing him and his wheelchair into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 192, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sonny Abreu

Jose Mojica de la Rosa survived the attack uninjured on Saturday evening, but his 9-month-old Chihuahua, Lola, broke a leg when she was crushed beneath the overturned wheelchair, according to interviews Wednesday afternoon.

“He pushed me,” Mojica de la Rosa said of suspect Sonny Abreu, whom witnesses identified as the attacker, according to the arrest report.

Mojica de la Rosa said he had gone to a Shell gas station on the 4600 block of U.S. Highway 192 about 7 p.m. to withdraw $240 to pay for his rent. Illness and a stroke about 10 years ago forced him to use a motorized wheelchair, he said.

Abreu, 24, was standing nearby talking to another man and his wife and as he watched Mojica de la Rosa withdraw money, the arrest report stated. The other man later told detectives he recognized Abreu from serving time with him in the Osceola County Jail and refused when Abreu asked for help robbing the disabled man, according to the arrest affidavit.

“Jose advised the (suspect) pushed him so hard that he and his motorized wheelchair fell into the eastbound lanes of 192 … Jose stated he was scared for his life, fearing that he might be struck by passing vehicles that were passing within inches of him as he lay helpless in the road,” the report stated. “He was only able to escape injury in the roadway because passing motorists and pedestrians stopped to help him.”

When knocked from his wheelchair, Mojica de la Rosa had been holding Lola in his lap and the dog’s leg was broken in the fall.

Abreu was arrested in Osceola County in 2009 and 2012 on burglary charges but was not convicted in either case. Although he is a documented member of an undisclosed street gang, deputies said the attack and robbery is not believed to be gang related.

In addition to attempted murder and robbery, Abreu is charged with abuse on a disabled adult, petit theft and animal cruelty. He remains held without bail in the Osceola County Jail.


School District’s CFO posted to sex blog during work hours January 4, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Controversy,Florida Nut,Mental Abuse,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:13 pm

Hernando schools chief financial officer Desiree Henegar had a busy slate of meetings July 31, including a public hearing on the district’s 2012-2013 imagesbudget.

But she was not too busy to post pornographic images or harsh criticisms of her boss to a popular online account.

“Sitting in an extremely boring meeting next to my big boss who has nasty cigar breath,” she wrote at 11:13 a.m. “UGH!! I need to get out of here!!”

At 2:12 p.m, she posted an explicit image of two women performing oral sex on a man.

“Having inappropriate thoughts during a Board meeting,” she wrote in a caption.

Since March, when she created the account on Tumblr, a blogging and photo-sharing site, the 47-year-old Henegar has posted thousands of times under the pseudonym Floridagirl46.

Much of it is pornography, and in one post she refers to the account as a “sex blog.”

Henegar posted pornographic material at work, sometimes multiple times a day. She also posted several images she claims are of herself, including some that are sexually explicit.

In addition, her pages include mundane details of her daily commute, vacation plans and criticism of her boss. In several cases, Henegar appears to openly and profanely criticize superintendent Bryan Blavatt, referring to him as the “big boss.”

“I’m shocked,” said School Board member John Sweeney. “If this all proves to be investigated and found true, I would fully expect she won’t be in the district for any long period of time.”

When the Tampa Bay Times asked Henegar about the account Wednesday morning, she confirmed it was hers.

“It’s a personal issue,” she said. “That’s my own account. I’m going to go ahead and delete that account right now. I don’t want that to be public information.”

Minutes later, the Tumblr account was removed.

• • •

Henegar seemed aware that the blog’s content was inappropriate for work. “Since this is considered a sex blog and obviously NSFW (not safe for work), I must be extremely careful given my professional life,” she wrote on July 26.

The district has restrictions on using technology for nonwork-related functions, Blavatt said. He could not say if looking at pornography at work specifically violated district policy.

On July 12 at 11:05 a.m., Henegar posted a photo of a man removing his shirt, “Why do I open tumblr at work? For the love of God, someone tell me why I do this!”

On Aug. 11 at 12:55 p.m., she posted a picture of a man exposing himself. “It’s such a distraction, especially in the middle of a meeting when I check my messages and HELLO! there it is,” she wrote. “Not awkward at all….just the opposite…an instant turn on.”

On Aug. 14, while at a School Board meeting, she posted two pornographic images, including one of a woman masturbating.

In two months last summer, she posted nearly 300 times during work hours. On July 3, for example, she posted 11 times between 8:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.

One of her first posts that morning was an image of an exposed man. She wrote, “Damn! Why do I look at pictures like this at work? Damn!!”

She posted again at 9:14 a.m., 9:18 a.m., 10:18 a.m., 10:34 a.m., 12:18 p.m., 12:41 p.m., 4:32 p.m., 4:35 p.m. and 4:38 p.m. Five contained sexually explicit material.

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In her posts, Henegar is critical of her “big boss” and various aspects of her job.

Though she never gives his name, she alludes to Blavatt, referencing his cigar smoking, bad breath, certain events and discussions, even his last day of work with the district — June 28, 2013.

On Dec. 12, she wrote about how he “turned ugly” during a workshop. “He practically had a coronary as he publicly chewed me and another woman out because he thinks we discussed a topic without his knowledge,” she wrote. “He’s a forgetful (expletive) who didn’t remember that it was discussed with him last week and that morning.”

On Aug. 28, after complaining about long hours and her “big boss,” she talked about leaving:

“I’m going home tonight and calculating my finances and budget. If I can afford it, I’ll be a fry cook somewhere. No damned headaches except keeping up with orders.”

She was also critical of others in the district, including board members who “act like a bunch of ignorant politicians.”

• • •

Word of Henegar’s posts was met with a muted reaction.

Blavatt said the blog “certainly would be inappropriate to do during work hours.”

“The salient thing for us will be if this was conducted during school time or not,” he said.

School Board member Gus Guadagnino said he had no knowledge of what happened.

“I’m flabbergasted by what you’re telling me,” he said. “I guess it’s one of those things I won’t believe until I see it myself.”

Other School Board members declined to comment or couldn’t be immediately reached.

Blavatt said that the district had received an anonymous tip about the Tumblr account and that Heather Martin, the district’s executive director of business services, looked into it.

He said Martin, who was out of the office Wednesday, was unable to substantiate the tip.

“The posting that was allegedly there wasn’t there,” he said. “One posting that this anonymous person told us about was nothing. She (Martin) couldn’t determine who, what, where or anything like that.”

Desiree Henegar

Title: Chief financial officer for the Hernando school system, a district with more than 23,000 students.

Duties: Oversees the district’s finances.

She joined the district in 2009, at a salary of more than $78,500. Before that, she was the assistant budget director for Sarasota County schools.



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