MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — 32-year veteran Sandra Lyles was just days away from retiring. According to a viewer, Lyles was seen loading mattresses onto the top of her patrol car at the Big Lots store at N.W. 57th Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway.
Miami-Dade Police say it is a clear violation of their policy and immediately took Lyles' patrol car, badge and gun. The incident is currently under investigation. Lyles was not on duty at the time.
Miami-Dade Police apologized for the incident and say this incident does not reflect the entire department. "It embarrasses not only the officer, but it embarrasses our department," said Miami-Dade Police Commander Nancy Perez. "It is obvious we are not allowed to transport mattresses on the top of our marked police units. There are other items we cannot transport... animals to veterinarians, children to school."