Police officer caught on video ordering woman to shake her bra during drug searchBy Mason White 1:16 PM June 23, 2013
|Zoe Brugger ordered to shake bra|
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A woman was left humiliated after a police officer asked her to shake her bra in public.
Police officer Dustin Fetz of Lakeland, Florida, is under fire after he ordered a woman to shake her bra during an unwarranted search for drugs during a traffic stop.
The officer pulled over Zoe Brugger and her boyfriend, when he spotted Brugger driving with a broken headlight. The officer ordered her out of the car. The officer then asked her if she had drugs on her. When she said she did not, he ordered her to empty her pockets.
Fetz then ordered her to lift her shirt, pull her bra away from her body and shake it, so he could see if she was hiding any drugs. When no drugs fell out, he then ordered her to do it again. Brugger said that the officer threatened to take her to jail. “He told me that he was taking me to Bartow Jail where they had an x-ray machine, where they were definitely going to find what I had hidden inside there,” she said.
The officer asked for permission to search the car. At first, Brugger agreed, but then changed her mind and said “no”. Fetz searched the vehicle anyway. No drugs were found on her, the boyfriend or in the car. The State Attorney’s Office launched an investigation into the incident. Fetz was put on paid administrative leave during the investigation, but returned to work after four days.
Investigator Mike Brown presented a report stating that Fetz’s actions “went beyond the police actions that are permissible under the law” and “violated the constitutional rights afforded to Zoe Brugger.” State Attorney Jerry Hill sent a letter to the Lakeland Police Department, calling officer Fetz’s conduct “egregious” and “degrading”.
The letter added that he did not believe Fetz’s demands were sexually motivated, but he was “on a power trip.” Hill said there is evidence that other officers were using the bra-shaking method in the past.
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