A Florida mother says that she was stopped last year for supposedly failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Once pulled over, she was taken out of the car by gunpoint and a female officer removed her tampon! All while her children looked on from the backseat!
From Huffington Post:
Leila Tarantino, a Florida mother, was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign last July. But what should have been a routine traffic stop allegedly turned into a nightmare.
Tarantino says that officers pulled her from her car at gunpoint, strip searched her and "forcibly" removed her tampon on the side of the road. Now, she's suiing.
Tarantino says she was wrongfully pulled over by an officer with Florida's Citrus County Sheriff's Department, according to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. In the suit, Tarantino says that although she came to a complete stop, a passing officer hooked a U-turn and pulled her over.
Here is the disturbing account of the incident -- which Tarantino's children allegedly saw while sitting in the backseat -- as reported by the New Times' Chris Sweeney:
The cop then placed Tarantino in the back of the squad car, where she allegedly sat for two hours. When backup arrived, Tarantino was strip searched on the side of the road, where passing motorists could see everything.
Then, in a gruesome twist, a female officer "forcibly removed" a tampon from Tarantino. Presumably, the cops were looking for drugs, but the lawsuit notes that a drug-sniffing dog was never called in, and cops never found any contraband or anything illegal.Five male officers and one female officer were involved.
Tarantino's attorneys say their client was "unreasonably searched and subjected to intrusive, substantial and unwarranted invasions of privacy," according to RT.
No drugs were found in the search.
Tarantino is now seeking monetary damages, the amount of which will be determined in a trial, and payment of her attorney's fees, according to WTSP 10 News.
How crazy is this story?!! The actions of the officers were extreme as hell! Did someone call in a tip or something?.. Was this a case of mistaken identity?... Either way, I hope she wins her suit. Those in uniforms should be protecting us citizens. Not harrassing and traumatizing us.
And I know from experience those "U-turn" stops ain't never no good! SMH.