A civilian woman who recorded herself pulling over a Miami, Florida cop for speeding is now being targeted by the head of Miami's police union for her actions (video below).
Claudia Castillo’s YouTube video featuring Officer Daniel Fonticiella has been viewed more than 1.1 million times since it was uploaded on Jan. 29.
In the video, Castillo tells Fonticiella she has been monitoring his speed and that she thinks he was pushing 90 mph. She asks him, “What’s the emergency?”
Fonticiella tells her he is on his way to work and that he does not believe he was speeding, but that she is “entitled to her opinion.”
“I apologize and I’ll be sure to slow down then,” Fonticiella says after Castillo tells him there is no emergenc and reiterates that he was speeding.
Sgt. Javier Ortiz of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which does not represent Fonticiella, has reportedly become vindictive towards Castillo.
Ortiz posted Castillo’s business card and phone number to Facebook, asking followers to call her, The Miami Herald reports. He called her a #COPHater and told police to be “aware of this woman.”
Local filmmaker Billy Corban, who has a reportedly long-standing Twitter feud with Ortiz, urged his more than 43,000 followers to complain about the cyberbullying to Facebook. The social media site removed Ortiz’s business card post, but he put it back up again. Facebook took it back down.
On the FOP’s Twitter account, Ortiz posted a picture of Castillo steering a boat holding a beer with the caption, "Wannabe cop #claudiaCastillo likes to drink and drive recreational vessels. #greatRolemodel #budlightparty,” the New York Daily News reports.
Castillo told The Miami Herald she fears she may lose her job because of the amount of angry people phoning her at work.
“They sent me home yesterday,” she said.
Castillo now has to contend with her own poor driving habits being known to the public, thanks to NBC Miami.
The station uncovered that Castillo is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol for an accident she allegedly caused two weeks ago because of careless driving. Since 1998, Castillo has been pulled over 14 times for violations that include driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt, failure to stop and speeding. Most of the cases were dismissed.
“I’ve had my ups and down,” Castillo told The Miami Herald in a telephone interview.
Learning of Castillo's history complicates the message she was giving in her video with Fonticiella.
“I think that we should all set an example. Leaders of the community set by example, lead by example,” Castillo says to Fonticiella in the video.
Castillo told The Miami-Herald she’s “not the jerk they’re painting me to be.”