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Video: Fla. Officer Suspended In Bra Search

September 27, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Fla. Cop Suspended In Bra Search

The Lakeland (Fla.) Police officer who told a woman to shake out her bra for drugs received a one-day suspension, the agency announced Wednesday.

Officer Dustin Fetz must also complete re-training in arrest, search and seizure laws and procedures, and complete an in-depth research project, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Officer Fetz was suspended for misuse of recording equipment for failing to activate his agency-issued microphone. Agency documents had characterized the search as consenual, reports the Lakeland Ledger.

Officer Fetz pulled over Zoe Brugger and her boyfriend Larry Fields on May 21 because the couple's vehicle had only one functioning headlight. The officer searched the vehicle and asked Brugger to exit the vehicle. He twice asked Brugger to pull her bra forward to release any possible weapons or contraband.

Tags: Officer Disciplined, Search and Seizure, Lakeland (Fla.) PD


Comments (6)

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Bob@ Az. @ 9/27/2013 5:08 PM

BULLSHIT!!!! The Officer noted they were leaving a know drug area and used the headlight being out as PC. This stop could qualify as a training video for the proper way to handle a female detainee when there is no female Officer available. That alleged "agency" should be flushed. I wonder who she's related to? Blues, Stay Safe.

House @ 9/27/2013 6:11 PM

@Bob your absolutely right this case is/was a lot of bullshit. there is alot of political stuff going on with the department right now. the county and county sheriff are vying to control the city so you haven't heard the last form the agency. but the media don't help. they hyped this up wayyyy too much for headlines. I don't know why he did it twice. that was where the one of the major problems was. not that big of a deal anyways.

Tim @ 9/28/2013 12:22 AM

Another version of this story said the 1 day suspension was actually because he did not have the ICC microphone turned on.

gp cobb @ 9/29/2013 11:55 AM

I concur with all the above. That said she don't show anything large enough to shake out he would be interested in if you get my drift. Me thinks the dept. was wrong. JMO YMMV

steve @ 9/30/2013 7:44 AM

Guys you might want to think about this from a department view, although it appears they may be doing a little CYA. If these officers have been trained to and policy in place to always use the dept. provided microphone then USE it. It's there for the officer's protection. And if this method of searching females when a female officer is not available is not policy then for crying out loud don't use it...ever! All the money hungry scum out there looking for an excuse to sue should be reason enough not to. Crying "sexual harrassment by cop" is too easy to do already. No sense in giving them more ammunition.

JD @ 9/30/2013 10:57 AM

It just does not matter never think admin will protect you or feed your family! If you do you have releaved God of a great responsibility sir!

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