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Video: Hackers Target Fla. Cop After Bra Search

June 26, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Fla. Cop Suspended Over Bra Search

Internet hackers posted the personal information of a Lakeland (Fla.) Police officer on social media sites, after dash-cam video showed him forcing a female motorist to shake out her bra during a late-May traffic stop.

Officer Dustin Fetz served a four-day suspension for the May 21 stop in which he pulled over Zoe Brugger for a broken headlight. Fetz can be seen telling Brugger to empty her pockets and then lift her shirt and shake out her bra twice. Brugger told ABC News the stop was "demeaning, degrading."

Last week, State Attorney Jerry Hill sent a 15-page letter to Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack criticizing Officer Fetz, reports the Ledger.

"This highly questionable search method is not only demeaning," Hill wrote, "but is ineffective and possibly dangerous."

The hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for posting the personal information of Fetz and his family members, reports the Ledger.

Tags: Lakeland (Fla.) PD, Hackers, Search and Seizure, Vehicle Stops


Comments (19)

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Chuck @ 6/26/2013 3:14 PM

Why not lodge a complaint with IAD. Why put him and his family in danger you efing a hole. God forbid this officer finds ur punk ass

Chuck @ 6/26/2013 3:30 PM

Why not call IAD. Dont put this officer and his family in danger

Ryan @ 6/26/2013 4:24 PM

How does violating the law and privacy of this officer and his family right anything. You lodge a complaint, not commit multiple law violations for some misguided vigilante justice.
That young lady was dealt with in a demeaning and unprofessional way. The officer needed to be disciplined, and was. There are people way more qualified to make these determinations than some unknown individual hacking his/her way others private matters. I hope she walked away from this situation feeling some form of justice had been served on her behalf and that the officer has learned from his mistakes and will go on to have a successful career.

Lenny @ 6/26/2013 11:00 PM

"Why not lodge a complaint with IAD?"

"Don't put this officer and his family in danger"

"The officer needed to be disciplined, and was."

".....and that the officer has learned from his mistakes and will go on to have a successful career."

1 Lodge a complaint with the police about police. You're kidding right?

2 While I agree his family should not be put in danger, I could care less what happens to this
POS, I believe that's what you guys call everyone. He put this woman in a demeaning and
probably very frightening position and continued his search after consent was denied. He also
didn't have the audio on in dash cam.

3 Disciplined with a four day paid holiday, could one of you explain how this is discipline?

4 I'm quite sure the "officer" has learned nothing from this and that this is one of the more
entertaining stories being told and retold around precinct. And please don't even think of using
the word training anywhere near this story. People like that do things like that because they enjoy
themselves and probably get off on it. The only thing this hillbilly deserves a career in is the
exciting world of being ballast.

And to Chuck:
Are you suggesting that if Officer Cletus finds the people who leaked his info they should

a) kill him

b) beat him

c) make up a bunch of charges with purgered testimony and planted evidence, you know police work.

Troop @ 6/27/2013 2:53 AM

Apparently dirt bags have infiltrated the Police Mag site. Wow you really got us good. We are all going to quit are jobs and become losers like you flipping burgers and popping zits on our 15 year old faces. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

JACKWEB714 @ 6/27/2013 4:36 AM

Obviously none of the idiots who post on this site or Jerry Hill that shows a female pulling a gun from her bra aiming and firing faster than you can sya Oh 4#!t !

piepr @ 6/27/2013 5:30 PM

Apparently from some of the responses above the folks are not LEO's or had Offcier Survival Training. Hooking a bra by the thumbs and lifting out is a legitmate optional weapons check. And, provided there is a reason, for drugs. It's monentary and there is no exposure and doesn't require touching. There are very few options one do otherwise depending on the environment and lack of a female LEO. A little research would reveal numerous LEO's that have been hurt by items secreted in bras and multitude of items found in them. There are variety of concealed bra holsters on the market. Here the officer accomplished both a safety check for weapons and drugs whether intended or not. He should be commended.

piepr @ 6/27/2013 5:41 PM

A further comment: the Chief failed to support his Officer for a safe practice and the State Attorney is way off and technically, any search of person, whether it be male or female, by its very nature can be demeaning. His comment would suggest that any search of a person, such as incident to arrest, should not be done because of demeaning issues? Certainly it would be dangerous - to the officers not conducting thorough searches.

John Carp @ 6/27/2013 5:59 PM

To "Lenny"; Shut up! I thought this was an LE site. Officer JACKWEB714 I agree completely with you I have seen this video and actually plan on getting one of these holsters fror my wife. Shaking out her bra is a legitimate compromise. Certainly folks would have screamed if he'd done a proper female pat search!
I have seen all matter of material come out of and have been stored in bra's.
Just say'in

Bob@Az. @ 6/27/2013 6:04 PM

piepr, your comments are dead on, as recent shootings by suspects in the back of squads attest. Most of the above posts are obviously from those who point and blame under an alias as they don't have what it takes to "Protect and to Serve". As for the "chief", lower case intended, he is way past the time to either move on or work the streets again to help in the removal of his head from his ass. Blues, Stay Safe.

Ferret @ 6/27/2013 6:14 PM

Funny how non LEOs will hide behind their Computers and make uninformed comments, then post info that endangers an officer and their family. Funny how that same anonymous person is the first to call for help from LEO's when the shit hits them... Hope they sleep well knowing that same officer may be the one protecting them from threat.

J.Brown @ 6/27/2013 7:39 PM

Some of the posters have seen to much TV. My department fired three officers last year for unprofessional conduct, I wrote and delivered the letters of dismissal. Many of us are professionals and are serious about doing what is correct/proper.

Cop to be @ 6/27/2013 9:26 PM

That's search was 100% reasonable, he could have actually searched her with his hands, would she have preferred that?!? He was staying safe an trying to make her feel the same, endangering him and his family is not only criminal but just a dick move, officers swear an oath to protect and serve, this officer was doing exactly that, and all people have done about it is put him and his family in danger, personally the DA should be forced to work for local PD for a week to actually get a sense of how it is, the chief should work a beat for a couple weeks, the woman should make a public apology, and anonymous should remove that info. LEOs spend every day making sure you are safe, what he did wasn't wrong but even if it was people should cut him some slack not jeopardize his and his families lives. Oh and I almost forgot, @ "Lenny" fuck you ass hole, I hope you need a LEO to save your ass sometime and feel some remorse

Steve @ 6/28/2013 8:14 AM

Sure wish they'd post enough info on here about these incidents to help readers know what they are talking about. Too many morons, civilian and law enforcement, that want to get on here and jaw about speculation. Hopefully this officer's department will do a thorough investigation into the stop and either clear him or discipline him. Either way, the ignorant public is going to have an uneducated opinion about it. If you police long enough you learn to ignore that crap because that's just what it is!

John Russell @ 6/28/2013 3:59 PM

I don't think there is big deal about this? --FEMALE officre frisked me from head to toe and every part of my body ----I complained for she did it only once, I asked for it 3 or 4 more times but she refused ahhhh LOL !

mark little @ 6/29/2013 12:46 PM

The ofcr may saw her come out of a bldg or area ,where known drug users are at ,prior to been pullover.The woman did not have to lift her shirt that high to shake her bra.Some dept. have female ofcr for these stops.

Greg @ 6/29/2013 3:29 PM

What did he do wrong?? Looks like good protocol to me! Seems like a lot of arm chair quarterbacking... I wonder how State Attorny Jerry Hill would have responded if she had just broken into his home and stole something, damaged his property or something similar. It's always different until it happens to you.

Jim A @ 6/30/2013 7:41 PM

Where a "bra search" is not an every day occurrence, it is a very legitimate search method that is less "demeaning" than a pat down or back of the hand search of a woman's chest area. I have used it several times, although not lately. It is surprising what you might find. I have found drugs and "lost" identification. (Others have found guns, knives, drugs, keys, etc.)

Lenny obviously has no idea of what it is like to work for a living in a job that can be very deadly. Unless of course a paper cut ever turns deadly. And a suspension is NO VACATION, you jerk! You are speaking about something you know nothing about.

But in a way he is right - not ALL right, but some. We all need to be able to justify our positions and actions. It is what we do. We articulate. And my guess is that the officer was in trouble for not articulating the reason for the bra-shake and that it was determined the bra-shake was not necessary. I would also say that any good supervisor might have been able to help him out with the articulation of the need. But sometimes, supervisors forget where they come from and the dangers of the job. (And become potential paper-cut victims.)

And Lenny, if this officer had released personal information about the girl on the internet, he would have been fired and prosecuted. The others that did the same to the officer should have the same outcome. They should be charged with Reckless Endangerment or some other states equivalent. And realize this, The police are very capable of handling internal investigations against their own. I have conducted them and fired employees for serious violations.

So think before you speak. Think twice before you write. Think three times before you speak or write about something you know nothing about. And then, don't do it.

Scott @ 9/28/2013 3:57 PM

Yeah....im confused... Different but.... Whats the issue? He didnt strip or search her

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