Miami police chief disciplines officers who speed off duty

06/05/2012 5:00 AM

06/05/2012 7:38 AM

Miami police chief disciplines officers who speed off duty

In the most sweeping crackdown on police speeding yet, Miami’ Police Chief Manuel Orosa announced on Monday that he is taking action against 36 of his officers for driving off duty at speeds sometimes exceeding 100 mph.

The first wave of disciplinary action includes South Florida’s most notorious speeder in uniform, Officer Fausto Lopez. The six-year police veteran is being suspended for a month and will lose his take-home car for three months for leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase through Broward County in October. The first 10 already have been informed of their punishment — from reprimands up to a two-week loss of their take-home cars. Discipline will get progressively more severe, including “forfeiture of hours’’ with resulting loss of pay, and termination, the chief said.

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