Target: Lisa Womack, Lakeland FL Chief of Police
Goal: Fire Officer Dustin Fetz for forcing a female civilian to ‘shake’ her breasts during an illegal vehicle search.
Recently, 28-year-old mother and Lakeland, Florida resident Zoe Brugger was stopped by police for driving with a broken headlight. Officer Dustin Fetz, who conducted the traffic stop, was “convinced” that he would find drugs on Brugger and her boyfriend, who she had just picked up from work. According to State Attorney Jerry Hill, with whom Brugger filed a report, Officer Fetz searched Brugger’s vehicle without probable cause. Although this illegal search yielded no evidence of drugs or drug paraphernalia from Brugger or her boyfriend, Officer Fetz reportedly asked Brugger to “pull her shirt up, pull her bra out from her breasts, and to shake in order to see if she was hiding drugs.” Brugger complied, and in the report she filed with the Office of the State Attorney, she described the experience as a “humiliating ordeal.” After forcing Brugger to “shake” her breasts in front of him, Officer Fetz reportedly stated “I’m done scaring you now and now you can go home,” before letting the couple go.
Brugger has rightly and justifiably filed complaints with both the Lakeland PD and the Office of the State Attorney, and Fetz was suspended for four days, with pay. He returned to work on June 18, 2013, even though he faces possible termination for the sexual harassment of Zoe Brugger. Urge Lakeland Chief of Police Lisa Womack to protect and serve the women of Lakeland by removing Dustin Fetz from the Lakeland police force. As long as Fetz remains in a position of authority, he remains a threat to women. Zoe Brugger deserves more, and so do the women of Lakeland, Florida.
Dear Lisa Womack, Police Chief, Lakeland PD
Recently, a Lakeland police officer sexually harassed and traumatized a citizen for the crime of driving with a broken headlight and suspended registration. Zoe Brugger was forced to “pull her bra out from her breasts and shake” in front Officer Dustin Fetz. Officer Fetz, a male, justified his behavior by claiming that he forced Brugger to shake her breasts in order to determine if she was hiding drugs. According to an official report, Brugger has described her interaction with Officer Fetz as a “humiliating ordeal.”
Fetz’s decision to sexually humiliate Zoe Brugger came after his decision to search Brugger’s vehicle without probable cause; this of course, is illegal. The illegal search and seizure was bad enough, but Fetz’s egregious sexual misconduct in this case is reprehensible. Women should feel safe on the streets; they should not be forced to titillate male officers in order to get out of traffic stops. The very fact, that an international news website RT and as your own State’s Attorney Jerry Hill report, Officer Fetz joked “I’m done scaring you and now you can go home” to Brugger after forcing her to remove her clothes shows that he has no remorse about or insight into the gravity of his actions.
Four days paid suspension without pay is not enough punishment for Dustin Fetz. He needs to be terminated from the force. Women are not safe as long as Officer Fetz is on patrol.
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