Cops Caught by Dash Cam Fabricating accident & arrest Report

COPS LOGO(MIAMI HERALD)   After a Hollywood police officer rear-ended a car in February and then arrested its driver on drunken-driving charges, he and other officers talked about doctoring the report — it said a jumpy cat created a distraction — to cover up the cause of the crash.

Unknown to the officers, the exchange was recorded by a dashboard camera in one of the patrol cars.

“I don’t want to make things up ever, because it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I’m gonna,” one of the officers can be heard saying. “We’ll do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop because it wouldn’t have mattered because she is drunk anyway.”

Alexandra Gabriela Torrensvilas, 23, of Hollywood, ended up charged with four counts of drunken driving and cited for an improper lane change.

On Tuesday, Hollywood police officials placed Officer Dewey Pressley, 42; Officer Joel Francisco, 36; Sgt. Andrew Diaz, 39; and civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas, age unavailable, on administrative duty pending an internal affairs investigation and a review by the Broward state attorney’s office, said department spokesman Lt. Scott Pardon.

Francisco was driving the car in the crash; Pressley wrote the report and made the arrest.

Pressley’s report detailing the Feb. 17 midnight crash in the 2800 block of Sheridan Street said “a large gray stray cat” that had been sitting on Torrensvila’s lap jumped out of her car window and distracted her, causing her to veer into Francisco’s lane, where she abruptly braked, and he hit her.

“I will do the narrative for you,” one of the officers says on the tape. “I know how I am going to word this, the cat gets him off the hook.”

Torrensvilas’ attorney, Larry Meltzer, said this was a disturbing “abuse of power.”

“Actually seeing it transpire on video in front of you, it really kind of sickens you,” he said. “It’s really nauseating to sit there and watch your client’s rights go out the window.”

Torrensvilas’ four DUI charges carry a maximum penalty of almost three years in jail, Meltzer said.

He declined to say what would become of her case: “In my opinion, as of this time, it’s being handled appropriately.”

A spokesman for the Broward State Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case or how it would proceed.

Pressley, a 21-year veteran with the department, wrote that when Francisco approached Torrensvilas’ car after the crash, she blurted: “It just jumped out.”

The “it” was “a large, gray stray cat” that had been sitting on her lap while she drove, the report said.

Francisco, who has been with the department for almost 11 years, smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein on Tuesday sent a letter to Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner calling for answers and accountability.

“Not only did these officers make a conscious decision to shift the blame to this young woman, but they made a concerted effort to write a narrative to fit `their facts,’ ” Finkelstein wrote. He said his office has at least 27 pending cases in which these four officers are listed as material state witnesses.

Pardon, the police department’s spokesman, declined to respond to the allegations. “We’ll see where the investigation goes,” he said.

6 Responses to Cops Caught by Dash Cam Fabricating accident & arrest Report

  • Any remedy less than prosecuting & firing these filthy cops would be another travesty! God only knows what other frauds they’ve engaged in!

  • crooks,low lifes,gangsters with badges protected by the law.
    start a riot seems like they have something in common with LAPD
    Hey what about planting evidence and steeling evidence and selling intel maybe drug lords who knows… the doughnut fries their brain and their thought process
    maybe high school diploma has something to do with it. shameful

  • Police… just another gang on the street to be avoided whenever possible.

  • William Faulkner in “The Sound & the Fury” describes cops as “sadistic parasites.”

    Joe describes cops as “crooks, low lifes, gangsters with badges protected by the law.”

    Both are absolutely correct.


  • I saw a video recently of a fan getting tazed at a baseball game. He was approached and because he wasn’t sufficiently docile the NAZI’s tazed him — multiple times.

    The other fans in the area scurried out of the way. Some seemed to find it hard to keep their eyes off the game while one in their midst was being assaulted. One fan kept saying, “Don’t be so hard on him…” as if that would serve any purpose.

    This sort of interference and abuse of citizens by cops is widespread, actually it is exploding. The “powers that be” want to acclimate the citizenry to “police” intervention and abuse of power even in the most benign of venues, to keep the people in check. It appears to be working.

    But in a just world, the fans would realize that, next time, they might fall victim to such unprovoked “police” violence and humiliation. The word would spread throughout the stadium of cop misconduct and the few would swell into hundreds which in turn would swell into thousands.

    In a just world, thousands of justifiably outraged fans surround the thugs in black.

    Keep this firmly in mind, you NAZIs, the pendulum will eventually swing back…


  • And people cannot understand why I would say anything about a bad Police Officer. Its beyond me, why I would speech up on this topic! lol

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