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Lakeland, Florida Pays $25,000 For Bra Shaking Search

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Still image from surveillance video of Zoe Brugger. She was awarded $25,000 by the city of Lakeland, Florida. | Lakeland Police Department

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city has paid a $25,000 settlement to a woman ordered to shake out her bra during a traffic stop.

The Ledger ( ) in Lakeland, Florida, reports a check dated July 7 was paid to 29-year-old Zoe Brugger.

Authorities say Brugger was pulled over by Lakeland police officer Dustin Fetz in May 2013 for a broken headlight. Silent video taken from the patrol car shows her being forced to shake out her bra multiple times in a search for drugs. The officer also searched her car over her objections. No drugs were found.

Fetz has not been reprimanded for the search itself, but he served a one-day suspension for not having his microphone on.

City officials say they're waiting for an executed release, freeing them from a lawsuit.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),

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