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Officials: Officer told woman to lift shirt, shake bra during traffic stop

Police told woman to lift her shirt and shake her bra during a traffic stop. (Zoe Brugger)
Police told woman to lift her shirt and shake her bra during a traffic stop. (Zoe Brugger)
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Updated: 6/20/2013 12:47 pm
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) --A Lakeland Police Department officer is accused of ordering a woman, during a traffic stop, to lift her shirt, exposing her stomach, and then telling her to pull her bra away from her body and shake it, according to authorities. Officials said the officer asked the woman to repeat the process after he was not satisfied with it the first time.

The State Attorney's Office wrote a letter to Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack detailing the investigation in response to a citizen's letter to The Lakeland Ledger describing the incident.

The letter stated that Zoe Brugger was pulled over for a front headlight being out, and she was asked to step out of the car. The officers searched the car, Brugger and her passenger, Larry Fields.

The State Attorney's Office said Officer Dustin Fetz had no reason to suspect the presence of drugs on Brugger. Officials said that while Fetz's actions did not rise to the level of criminal misconduct, his actions raised "most serious concerns."

The State Attorney's Office called the search method "demeaning, ineffective and possibly dangerous."

Officials said the method of search is not taught at the law enforcement training academy at Polk State College. However, they said that Fetz's conduct in the case is not an isolated incident and appears to be an accepted practice. Officials said the type of incident has been documented in the past.

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