A woman was framed by cops in Hollywood, FL, for a DUI... except she had been drinking. Here's the gist:
Torrens-Vilas did not deny to Lauer that she was drinking on the night of Feb. 17, when the incident occurred around midnight on Sheridan Street in Hollywood. She was caring for a friend’s cat, which she was holding on her lap as she drove. When the cat jumped out of the driver’s window, she pulled the car over into the left lane, parked it and ran out to get the cat. That’s when Francisco rear-ended her car.The thing is, the cops tried to make up a story and fudged the dash cam tape:
The woman told Lauer she wasn’t even aware her car had been hit. When police addressed her, her first concern was the cat. “Can you give me five minutes to go save my cat?” was the first thing she said to police.
Police put her through a field sobriety test and arrested her on DUI charges.
Lauer asked Torrens-Vilas if she had been drinking.
“Yes,” she said. “I’m not going to lie.”
In preparing her defense, Torrens-Vilas’ attorneys had requested copies of dash-cam videos from the patrol cars that responded. The videos showed Torrens-Vilas performing sobriety tests, but the attorneys realized there was missing material. Unable to get the missing video from Hollywood police, the attorneys finally obtained it from the state.I have no qualms about putting away bad cops, but this story is no Rosa Parks bullshit or even a very good case of police corruption. It's, my good friends, a case of a paniced cop letting a good case go bad:
What they saw not only resulted in all charges against Torrens-Vilas being dropped, it also led to the suspension of five Hollywood police personnel. Rather than admit to being responsible for rear-ending the woman’s car, police concocted a story that would make everything her fault.
“It confirmed everything that I thought,” Torrens-Vilas told Lauer. “I knew that that’s not what happened that night, and it just confirmed everything that I’ve been saying from the beginning.”
According to the tape, Officer Dewey Pressley took the lead in the plot, saying, “Well, I don’t lie and make things up ever because it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little to protect a cop, I’m gonna.”
He then tells another officer: “I will write the narrative out for you. I will tell you exactly how to word it so it can get him off the hook. You see the angle of her car? You see the way it’s like this? As far as I’m concerned, I am going to word it she is in the left-hand lane. We will do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop, because it wouldn’t matter because she was drunk anyway.”
Girl, probably drunk (against the law), loses cat that was on her lap (against the law) and stops in middle of road (against the law). Cop, probably not paying attention, hits her car, then idiotically tries to make up a story to make the accident all her fault. Except, if he didn't panic and SAY he was going to make up a story, he would of realized it was all her fault... except the not paying attention part.
This woman is no hero nor victim, dear Left. She's just lucky.