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Protection ordered for officer in Lakeland (Florida) 'bra-shaking' case (UPDATE)
BayNews 9 ^ | Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:27 AM | Staff

Posted on 06/27/2013 6:22:24 AM PDT by rarestia

LAKELAND --

The Lakeland police officer put on leave after a "bra shaking" case had to be protected by the agency after his personal information was released to the public.

According to the agency, Officer Dustin Fetz, who pulled a woman over May 21 and asked her to shake her bra during a drug search, was put on paid leave for four days. After the incident, authorities provided protection for the officer because someone released Fetz's personal information to the public.

"We have requested the appropriate agency to do directed patrols in his area," said Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack.

According to reports, the Fetz asked Zoe Brugger and her boyfriend for permission to search the vehicle when he pulled them over.

When they denied his request, Fetz escorted Brugger behind the car, where he asked her to lift her shirt above her stomach, pull her bra away from her chest and shake it out. Unsatisfied with her first attempt, he made her shake her bra a second time.

No drugs were found on Brugger, but the officer persisted in searching the car - even after she withdrew her consent.

When the vehicle search turned up no drugs, he gave her a ticket. Brugger told the state attorney's office that Fetz told her, "I'm done scaring you, and now you can go home."

Fetz told investigators that the bra-shaking search is a known technique that is used by some Lakeland officers, but he could not recall ever formally being trained to do this.

The department is reviewing its policies.

State Attorney Jerry Hill wrote the Department saying Officer Dustin Fetz's request for Zoe Brugger to shake her bra to free any hidden drugs was "demeaning."

Hill went on to say the method used on the May 21 traffic stop was also ineffective and dangerous.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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So the truth is starting to leak out. This is great.

She WITHDREW her consent for the officer to search the vehicle, but he did it anyway. THEN he gave her a ticket and made a completely unprofessional remark.

This officer should be thrown out on his ass and blacklisted from ever working in law enforcement. He's a pervert and a thug, period.

1 posted on 06/27/2013 6:22:24 AM PDT by rarestia
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To: rarestia

I don’t understand, it says they DENIED his consent request, and then she WITHDREW her consent.


2 posted on 06/27/2013 6:29:26 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rarestia

Just a jiggle-OH


3 posted on 06/27/2013 6:30:38 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rarestia
paid leave for four days

This is what most people call a paid vacation. What would you call it?

4 posted on 06/27/2013 6:30:39 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Hard to tell if it’s bad writing, bad reporting or what!

I read so many things like this in the news now-they make no sense-makes me crazy! —I used to be a proofreader so it really makes me nuts :)


5 posted on 06/27/2013 6:33:28 AM PDT by homegroan (Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option....)
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To: Izzy Dunne

She denied him the right to search the car, basically she “withdrew” her consent. It means the same thing, they just used different terminology in two places.


6 posted on 06/27/2013 6:33:41 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: homegroan

It’s poor writing.


7 posted on 06/27/2013 6:34:50 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

“Still shakin’ it, boss, still shakin’. I’m shakin’ it, boss.”


8 posted on 06/27/2013 6:35:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rarestia

This is why all agents of the government should be required to carry professional malfeasance insurance.

The victim should sue him and make the insurance pay off, raising his rates. Enough of these incidents would make his premiums unaffordable and he’d have to find another line of work.


9 posted on 06/27/2013 6:37:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: rarestia

When I lived in Lakeland (good middle class neighborhood), about 15 years ago the LPD came to my house and nastily harassed me looking for some scum bag I never heard of. Seems that when they arrested the guy he pulled my address out of the phone book and said it was his. They just took his word for it (that’s how stupid they are). When he skipped out on his bail they came to my house (2 cars and 3 cops) and got in my face claiming I was lying about not knowing him. 20 years at the same address without so much as a traffic ticket and my word was worth less than some felon that skipped town.

No cop steps on my property without a warrant, *ever again*. I learned my lesson, don’t even talk to them. PERIOD.


10 posted on 06/27/2013 6:56:58 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: rarestia

So they’re afraid there’s gonna be laugh riots around his house?


11 posted on 06/27/2013 6:58:22 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: ChildOfThe60s
No cop steps on my property without a warrant

ABSOLUTELY! I won't even open my door for them. I can hear them just fine through the door. Come back with a warrant, and we can talk.

Cops are legally allowed to lie to further their investigation. It cannot be used against them in court. As such, if they feel like implicating you in a crime, all they have to do is say you opened your door and smelled pot, and you're screwed.

12 posted on 06/27/2013 6:59:29 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

To Protect and Serve.......utter nonsense


13 posted on 06/27/2013 7:06:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: rarestia
She denied him the right to search the car, basically she “withdrew” her consent. I

Hmm. I would call that "withheld", or "refused". "Withdraw" means to offer and then rescind the offer.

14 posted on 06/27/2013 7:12:25 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
When they denied his request, Fetz escorted Brugger behind the car, where he asked her to lift her shirt above her stomach, pull her bra away from her chest and shake it out. Unsatisfied with her first attempt, he made her shake her bra a second time.

No drugs were found on Brugger, but the officer persisted in searching the car - even after she withdrew her consent.

In the first section, they state that she denied his request to search the car. This means she withdrew consent. The second section, they simply reiterated that she'd withdrawn her consent.

15 posted on 06/27/2013 7:16:36 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
she denied his request to search the car. This means she withdrew consent.

No, it doesn't. Look it up in the dictionary. "withdraw" means to take away.

You can't take away something that they don't have.

16 posted on 06/27/2013 7:21:53 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Oh, we agree on that point, but I was trying to explain what the writer meant. I see your point now.

Considering the BS with the 5th Amendment as of late, apparently we have to declare our rights before we use them or they’re assumed to not exist.

Our country is truly lost.


17 posted on 06/27/2013 7:35:58 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

In a similar matter, what happened to the female Texas cop who performed two illegal body cavity searches on women she pulled over on an alleged drug search? Two searches, same gloved hand for each.

Anybody?


18 posted on 06/27/2013 9:31:42 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: DPMD
Interesting you should ask... from Drudge:

DPS Reaches Settlement In Roadside Cavity Search Lawsuit

19 posted on 06/27/2013 10:04:01 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: DPMD

Re:”In a similar matter, what happened to the female Texas cop who performed two illegal body cavity searches on women she pulled over on an alleged drug search? Two searches, same gloved hand for each.”

The results just came in:

The two women got $185,000.

Trooper Kelly Helleson was fired and still faces two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.
Trooper David Farrell (who confiscated a prescription drub bottle) was charged of theft by a public servant and is currently suspended.
Note: Texas law specifically addresses acts violating a citizens rights “under color of authority.”
Note: Unlike some (most?) other states, wrongful behavior, even unwarranted discourtesy, by Texas Highway Patrol troopers is vanishingly rare. Over more than 5 decades I have only heard of 3 instances, including this one.


20 posted on 06/27/2013 10:14:35 AM PDT by LoneStarC
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Did you sue these Lakeland cops or at least file a complaint against them?


21 posted on 06/27/2013 7:19:10 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

No.

20/20 hindsight. I let them intimidate me. I know better now, FWIW. Lesson learned, won’t EVER happen again.

Although, looking back, it would have been like pi$$ing into the wind, anyway. Gone nowhere. Small town corruption.


22 posted on 06/27/2013 7:47:42 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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