Mom says police made her lift shirt, shake bra

12:29 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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LAKELAND, Fla. (WTSP) - Zoe Brugger says she was simply driving home when her opinion of law enforcement changed forever.

"He was set on finding something and my rights were not going to stand in his way," said Brugger of the Lakeland Police Officer who pulled her over.

The 28-year-old new mother was stopped May 21st for driving with a burned out headlight. Making matters worse, she says she was unaware her license was also suspended.

"He kept asking if we had anything in the car, he kept saying I looked way too nervous."

That's when Brugger says the stop took a turn for the worse with Lakeland Officer Dustin Fetz asking her to pull her shirt up to her stomach and flip up her bra underwire, not once, but twice.

"I felt pretty degraded and humiliated," said Brugger. "I was being forced to do this right in the middle of the road."

The officer found nothing, but Brugger says he was still threatening to take her to jail until her stepfather, a retired criminal attorney, got involved.

"We were appalled by it. We couldn't believe something like that could happen in Lakeland, Florida," said Richard Wiley.

Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack says the incident will be fully investigated, and that the department does not condone the alleged actions.

"You know I would really like an apology," said Brugger.

"And telling her to hold up her shirt and shake her bra, I find that just unbelievable," said Zoe's stepfather. "It's just incredible that that would happen. We're going to do our best to make sure he doesn't do it again."


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