Video shows Daytona Beach officer rebuffing cop during traffic stop

Officer Rachel Ditton faces 3-day suspension

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach police officer faces a three-day unpaid suspension from the department for her actions during a traffic stop initiated by a fellow cop.

The agency released body cam video of the June 13 traffic stop in which Officer Rachel Ditton told the officer, "Start reading your tags first before you pull someone over."

Her colleague, Officer Landon Edward quickly replied, "Well, stop speeding."

Ditton then drove off, squealing her tires, the video shows. 

According to the report, Ditton also said she was late getting to work during the traffic stop.

Ditton was served a notice of suspension on July 24, and has until Thursday to respond to the memorandum.

Authorities told News 6 that Ditton violated three directives during the stop:

  • 200.6 Employees shall not engage in any conduct which constitutes neglect of duty or which is likely to adversely affect the discipline, good order or reputation of the department, including, but not limited to, conduct prohibited by this directive.
  • 200.12 Employees shall always be courteous, civil, and orderly in their contacts with each other and with the public in general. They shall refrain from the use of profane or disrespectful language or adopting an attitude of officiousness or superiority.
  • 200.30 No employee shall engage in conduct on or off duty, which has a tendency to destroy public respect for the employee and/or the Department and/or destroy confidence in the operation of the municipal service.

Daytona Beach police said the agency is not commenting on Ditton's suspension.

Ditton hasn't faced any other disciplinary actions during her 11 years with the department. 


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