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Bra shaking traffic stop woman speaks out

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The day after the Lakeland Police Department announced one of its officers will be suspended for a day following a bra shaking incident during a traffic stop, the woman at the center of that stop is speaking out. 

Zoe Brugger says she feels a one day suspension is a slap on the wrist. "I feel like I was terrorized, terrorized and bullied." Said Brugger, sitting on the porch of her Lakeland home. "I wish that they were taking this a little more seriously. Obviously they're not. I intend to pursue a civil suit. Despite this one day suspension."

The traffic stop happened in May. 

Officer Dustin Fetz pulled Brugger over for a broken headlight, and asked for a consensual search. But Fetz was not wearing his microphone, so it's not clear whether Brugger actually gave him consent, and that's the justification for the suspension. 

Chief Lisa Womack says this isn't how officers are supposed to conduct themselves during traffic stops."It's not the way we teach our officers to do it." Said Womack. "Our investigation did find that it is a practice we have used in the past. In past, I'm going back a good number of years, it may have been a technique that was taught. But it is not what is taught in our mini academy now. "

Brugger thinks that there is a culture at the Lakeland Police Department which needs to change. "After hearing the other incidents that have happened, seems like the management there, the chief doesn't take it seriously." Said Brugger. "I guess, when things are being done wrong. And it's unfortunate, but I guess that's the way they want to run this department. Hopefully in the future they will find someone who will run it differently."




   

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