Miami Police Vow Probe Of Officer Pulled Over By Civilian For Speeding

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The Miami-Dade police officer pulled over by a civilian for allegedly speeding, the scene captured on video that has now gone viral, was identified yesterday as Daniel Fonticiella, reports the Miami Herald. Police said an internal affairs investigation is under way after a complaint was filed by a woman named Claudia Castillo. Castillo she was running an errand when she spotted Fonticiella racing past her with his siren turned off. “I think this merits some attention at a countywide level,” Castillo said. “Police officers speed all the time. That should not be an acceptable modus operandi. That’s not the way it works. That’s not the way it should work.”

Three cell phone videos taken from a mounted phone in her car and posted Friday shot Castillo into YouTube superstardom this weekend. Filmed during her pursuit of Fonticiella, the videos show the woman following the officer and finally catching up to him in traffic. She told the officer, “You were pushing 90 miles per hour.” Says Fonticiella: “Really? OK.” Police union president John Rivera said that if the officer wee speeding, “Two wrongs don’t make a right … (If) she got into a crash and hurt someone, she would be totally liable. The appropriate action would have been to write the car number down and contact the department.”

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