Florida cop forced to quit for following women around in his patrol car

By Arturo Garcia
Thursday, March 13, 2014 20:50 EDT
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A Melbourne, Florida police officer was forced to resign after dashboard video from his patrol car showed him following women around and asking for their phone numbers while he was on duty, WESH-TV reported on Wednesday.

“There’s no place for it here at the Melbourne Police Department,” spokesperson Sgt. Sheridan Shelley was quoted as saying.

Orlando station News 13 reported that Muñoz disabled his microphone, meaning the conversations captured in the video could not be recorded. The video showed former Officer Ray Muñoz trailing and speaking to three women in the parking lot of a local gymnasium on Feb. 19. One woman provided the department with a written statement saying he asked for her age.

“He said he wanted to know because I was beautiful,” the woman’s statement read. “He then asked for my phone number. I told him I was spoken for.”

Muñoz, a one-year probationary employee with the department, was warned about his conduct in December 2013, when he reportedly approached a woman outside a local Walmart. The woman turned out to be a superior officer’s niece, who subsequently filed a complaint.

Following the latest complaints, Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs met with Muñoz and asked for his resignation.

Watch WESH’s report, aired on Wednesday, below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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