‘Bored’ Florida cops subject women to ethnic and sexist harassment during pointless 2-hour detainment
Three Florida women said police insulted their clothing and nationality during a two-hour detainment for no apparent reason.
Andrea Landa said she and two friends were sitting in her parked car on Sunday night in April when three Miami police officers approached with flashlights and asked to see their identification, reported the Miami New Times.
“I just think that they were bored,” Landa told the newspaper. “I think that they had nothing else to do and they saw, you know, an opportunity to just mess around and take advantage of the power that they knew they had.”
The officers spent two hours questioning the women, ordered them to call family members to confirm where they lived and threatened to arrest one of them when she asked for their badge number, Landa said.
The 22-year-old said the officers toyed with their guns and told one of her friends she should have checked the weather and worn more clothing, and an officer asked one woman if she was Dominican because she was “feisty.”
“We are just here on a Sunday night looking for something good, but we thought we would find something better,” one officer said, according to Landa.
The officers refused to let Landa drive her own car home, so she and her friends had to ask another friend for a ride.
Landa filed a complaint the following day with the Civilian Investigative Panel, which found two of the officers had failed to file April 10 worksheets while another reported he was conducting an investigation of the young women for one hour and 21 minutes.
The panel recommended further investigation of Officers Ramon Washington, Andrew Garcia, and Marvin Lopez for detaining the group without reporting a reason, and Washington and Garcia were faulted for failing to generate a daily worksheet.