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Cop who arrested Jets' Robby Anderson has checkered past
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson speaks to reporters in the locker room of their training facility in Florham Park, N.J. Anderson has been charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after police say he fought with security officials after being asked to leave a Miami music festival. A Miami Police Department arrest report says 23-year-old Robby Anderson refused an order by a police lieutenant to sit on the ground and pushed the officer and other officials at the Rolling Loud festival Sunday evening, May 7, 2017. (AP Photo | Seth Wenig)
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on May 09, 2017 at 11:21 AM, updated May 09, 2017 at 11:55 AM
The officer who arrested Jets receiver Robby Anderson at a concert in Miami on Sunday has a bit of a checkered past, according to the Miami New Times.
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Back in March, Lt. Javier Ortiz, who's the police union president, was removed from active duty and stripped of his gun after a judge granted a woman a temporary restraining order against him. According to the report, Ortiz doxxed the woman, and encouraged his Facebook followers to harass her. A county judge later declined to make Ortiz's stay-away ruling permanent.
This incident was just the latest on Ortiz's rather troubling resume, the Miami New Times found.
In 2009, ex-Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a complaint against Ortiz where he accused him of going "nuts" at a traffic stop. Vilma said he "waved a gun in his face, screamed at him, and arrested him on false charges that were later dropped."
In 2011 at the Ultra Music Festival, 27-year-old Jesse Campodonico was thrown to the ground and tasered by several officers, including Ortiz. Campodonico sued and claimed excessive force. Ultra settled.
Here's more from the Miami New Times' findings:
The cops on the scene claimed Campodonico was "yelling profanities, and had a strong scent of an alcoholic beverage," and then "took a fighting stance and stated, 'I ain't afraid of you!'" Ortiz wrote the arrest report, as well as a follow-up document called a Response to Resistance Report. He also testified, backing up his claims -- but his fellow cops later provided testimony that conflicted with his own.
Then video emerged that someone had shot of the arrest, and the footage proved the events Ortiz depicted in his report could not have happened.
A local lawyer later filed a complaint about the alleged act of perjury with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office. The state attorney admitted in writing that Ortiz's documents were full of "inconsistencies," but never prosecuted the union president for wrongdoing. Ortiz was banned from Ultra but later mounted a legal fight for the right to work security at Ultra again. And for back pay for the festivals he'd missed.
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Some thoughts on that.
According to the police report obtained by NJ Advance Media, Anderson is accused of "fighting" with security when asked to leave the Rolling Loud Festival. Security asked Anderson to sit on the ground. Anderson refused and "pushed" Ortiz. Security then forced Anderson to the ground where he "continued to fight with police and security."
Anderson has been charged with one felony count of resisting arrest with violence, and also obstruction of justice.
You can view the complete police report below: