PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper sued the city of Jacksonville and two Jacksonville police officers after the officers allegedly looked up her information illegally.
Trooper Donna Watts ticketed off-duty Miami police Officer Fausto Lopez for driving faster than 120 mph on Florida's Turnpike in Broward County.
The confrontation made national headlines and eventually got Lopez fired.
Watts said she started to receive death threats and saw groups of idling cars outside her home, some marked as police patrol vehicles.
After she suspected her private driver's license information was being accessed by fellow officers, she requested public records from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement records showed that about 88 law enforcement officers across the state, including two Jacksonville police officers, Pamela Abboud and Brijin Pemberton, looked up Watts' personal information through a police database limited to use in investigations.
Watts filed a lawsuit claiming her privacy rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act were violated.
The city must respond to the lawsuit in court by Sept. 22.
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