MIAMI, FLORIDA – An officer with the Miami-Dade police department was arrested by federal authorities for stopping female drivers for no other reason than to initiate “sexually suggestive conversations.”
According to the Miami Herald, 33-year-old officer Prabhainjana Dwivedi was arrested by FBI agents inside police headquarters on Wednesday.
Dwivedi had worked overnight patrolling the streets between Jackson Memorial Hospital and Key Biscayne before being assigned to desk duty in the summer of 2011 following the suspicious traffic stops, the paper noted.
The criminal complaint filed by the FBI against Dwivedi, obtained by the Herald and written by special agent Susan Funk, said he made numerous stops that lasted well beyond the necessary length of time for a routine stop. He also reportedly made these stops “without probable cause, reasonable [suspicion] or other lawful authority to conduct a stop.”
During one stop on May 27, 2011, he allegedly instructed a woman identified only as A.R. to “lower the zipper on the front of her dress down past her breasts to her mid-stomach,” an action which, according to the woman, “somewhat exposed her breasts.”
Dwivedi claimed A.R., age 19, was intoxicated at the time, and that she had not turned on her headlights, the Herald reported. A.R. allegedly disputed the claim of driving under the influence.
She was held for a reported one hour and 20 minutes before being released without a citation.
In another stop, the rogue officer reportedly pulled over a 24-year-old bartender and accused her of driving while intoxicated. When he noticed a child safety seat in the car, he told the woman, identified as M.F., that she would lose custody of her child if arrested.
The woman asked Dwivedi to administer a roadside sobriety test, but he reportedly refused to do so.
The paper learned that Dwivedi then discussed the woman’s breast enhancement surgery, and asked “if she had any photographs of her breasts.” When he saw the photographs, he asked to see the scars from the surgery.
“M.F. then lifted her shirt and showed Dwivedi the scar,” the complaint stated.
Dwivedi then allowed the woman to drive home, but insisted on following her, allegedly to ensure her safety.
A third complainant accused Dwivedi of pulling down his pants zipper during a stop.
He is being charged with depriving people of their civil rights, and was released on a $150,000 personal bond. He will be seen in court on Friday to address the matter of his defense, the paper learned.
Dwivedi will reportedly be arraigned Sept. 19.