The tables turned on an unidentified officer seen in two of three videos uploaded to YouTube. Miami local, who identified herself as Claudia Castillo in the video, narrates her experience as she chases behind the police officer on the Palmetto Expressway. In the first video she claims she drove 80mph behind what she believes to be an 80-100 mph police vehicle. “That could be considered endangerment of the public,” said Castillo.
In the second video, the officer is shown being pulled over after Castillo catches up with him, honks her horn and flashes her lights, and asks him to pull over through her window. Once confronted in the third video, the police officer says “I don’t believe I was speeding, but you’re entitled to your opinion.” Castillo responded by adding, “Leaders of the community, set the example.” The officer is then seen calmly walking away back to his vehicle, and the two continue their day.
Newly appointed police director, Juan Perez, stated that the appropriate measures will be taken once both officer and citizen are identified. The videos were released last Saturday, on a website called Photography is Not a Crime, which holds a collection of videos and photographs aimed at exposing everyday corruption by law enforcement.
In 2012, the Sun Sentinel won the Pulitzer Prize for its three month investigation of police officers speeding on highways. The Sun Sentinel identified 800 cops of different agencies pushing the speed limit up to 130 mph, and 50 cops from the Miami-Dade police department.
What do you think? Did the unidentified officer act in a professional manner, or did Castillo breaking the law herself by speeding, do the right thing by catching him in the act? As of right now, the status of this situation remains unknown. You decide for yourselves.