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November 11, 2011
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Miami police chief disciplines officer for pulling over FHP trooper

The traffic stop — the trooper was not ticketed or arrested — was one of the latest actions in a back-and-forth feud

By David Ovalle and Diana Moskovitz
The Miami Herald

MIAMI — Miami Police officer Thomas Vokaty may have picked the wrong state trooper to pull over in an apparent retaliatory move in tensions between the two departments.

The trooper, identified as Cpl. Victor Luquis, has a brother Ronald Luquis, a sergeant in Miami Police's internal affairs division.

Luquis made a quick phone call. And pretty quickly, supervisors from both departments were involved. Sources close to the investigation said Luquis notified dispatch and called his brother.

The traffic stop — the trooper was not ticketed or arrested — was one of the latest actions in a back-and-forth feud between the Florida Highway Patrol and Miami police that started last month when Florida Highway Patrol trooper Donna Jane Watts drew her gun, handcuffed, then charged Miami Officer Fausto Lopez with reckless driving on Florida's Turnpike in Broward.

Full story: Miami police chief: It's time 'to stop' cop vs. cop tension with troopers


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