Cops from Florida lie to arrest and frame female motorist

Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
August 3, 2009

copsPolice officers from Hollywood, Florida, fabricated a story when Alexandra Torrensvilas, 23 was arrested after they rear-ended her car. They charged her with a DUI after she admitted to drinking, then concocted a story about how she abruptly changed lanes and caused the accident.

Officer Joel Francisco, 36, an 11-year veteran, crashed his patrol car into the rear of Torrensvilas’ vehicle at a light on February 17, 2009. The cop radioed to other officers who converged on the scene and devised a way to take the blame away from the officer. Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, a seasoned 21-year veteran officer arrives and questions Torrensvilas, who tells him that she has been drinking. He conducts a sobriety test and arrests her for DUI.

Outside the patrol car, the officers come up with a story and make sure that they are all on the “same page” with their story. The following statements were recorded by the car’s camera.

“As far as I’m concerned. I’m going to put words in his mouth. She went to accelerate and a cat jumped out of the window at which point he thought it could have been a pedestrian, which distracted him,” Pressley tells Sgt. Andrew Diaz, another veteran officer. “I mean what’s the chances of hitting a f—in drunk when a cat jumps out of the window?”

“I nailed her on the video. I already hung her on video. She said she has been doing a beer party,” Pressley says. “She’s gonna blow.”

“I know how I’m going to word this with the cat so we can get him off the hook. I’ll write the narrative,” Pressley says. “We’re going to bend this a little bit.”

“I don’t lie and make things up EVER (sarcastically), it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I’ll do it,” Pressley tells Francisco after reassuring him no one will ever find out. “She’s freaking hammered anyway.”

Using law enforcement rational you know that these officers have bent the truth many times before in the name of protecting a cop. Police always believe that the arrest of a person represents how a person normally lives and conducts themselves, therefore the actions of these officers caught on camera should be indicative of how these officers conduct themselves in their professional careers everyday.

What’s more interesting is that they conspired to create this story in the open in front of camera and microphone. They obviously knew that the camera was rolling, so there must have been an assumption that those cameras are not rigorously reviewed unless there is a an important incident, so being that this was a “routine” DUI arrest, the officers MUST of thought that the video would have been recorded over, discarded, or ignored. The more interesting question is, why did the police department reveal the improprieties of their own officers, 5-months later to the media? Was their a riff between officers? Why was the video leaked? Civil rights lawsuits are expected to follow.

Most likely officer Francisco negligently slammed his car into the rear of Torrensvilas, because he was on his cell phone. Police Officers constantly use their cell phones and since many officers die in traffic related incidents, the policy of every law enforcement department should be to ban cell phone use while on duty. They have other sophisticated communication devices to use in the case of an emergency. All four officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal affairs investigation. This incident certainly raises the question of whether a culture of corruption exists among the Hollywood Police Department.

This is reminiscent of LAPD officers, Richard Amio and Evan Samuell, who were caught in 2008 on videotape saying “be creative in you writing.”

Officers involved include:

Officer Joel Francisco, 36, 11-years
Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, 21 years
Officer Karim Thomas, Civilian Community Service
Sgt. Andrew Diaz, 39,

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14 Comments for “Cops from Florida lie to arrest and frame female motorist”

  1. Jack Meoff

    HANG THE BASTARDS IF IT WERE YOU OR ME ANY NORMAL PERSON THEY’D THROW THE BOOK @ US

  2. they should get tha book those liars

  3. Zogro

    Cops teach each other how to lie, and other secret evil sh*%.

  4. lightfoot636

    look at it this way there’s more. that’s spooky or how many did they frame that we don’t know about?

  5. it,s the way the police work i been set up 47 years old and have the same happen to me but no dash cam so 2 years probation and dwi 1 i live in st tammy parish la the police do what they want so stay a way from slidell la 70460 or you will get set up to

  6. Ms Pinky

    I can’t believe this shocks people…as long as citizens sit back in fear it will continue to happen around the country. The unfortunate thing is that it is prevalent in the hood because because the general feeling is that we won’t be believed anyway.

    People need to recognize that strength comes in numbers…and all things must start with #1. So be the one to speak up and we can get back to the police doing what they are paid our tax dollars to do…protect and serve US, not protect themselves and serve us bullsh*%!

  7. Ms Pinky

    thought it important to say that I represent Compton

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  9. jonny

    cop r all sh*% they dont no wat there doing

    there prob fuk around with little child and not ki*lers

    i hate mother fuken pigs

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  10. Stu

    Cops who don’t uphold the law should be in a jail with others they arrested, that should be torture enuff.
    Its time they take there jobs seriously!

  11. Michael J

    Just imagine all the cases that will be thrown out because these cops “bend the truth a little”. Not to mention the millions of dollars that will be spent by the City of hollywood, FL, paying off civil cases sure to arise. As citizens, we gotta put these people behind bars. 20 years seems about right. Let cops know they are hired to enforce laws, not create their own version of the truth.

  12. f#@$k tha police they aint bouty sh*% 41097

  13. Title…

    Ugh, I just typed a long comment, but it disappeared when I clicked send. Anyway, I’m not going to redo it again, so I just wanted to say nice blog! 8>)…

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