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Officer in 'bra-shaking' incident disciplined, but keeps job

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It's a video that's gone viral: a Lakeland traffic stop, ending in the driver being asked to shake out her bra, twice.

"Everywhere I go people say, 'Hey! You're the bra-shaking girl!' That's not what I want to be known for," Zoe Brugger said Thursday.

Brugger was pulled over by a Lakeland Police officer back in May for having a broken headlight. The stop wasn't that simple.

Lakeland Police Officer Dustin Fetz asked Brugger to shake out her bra twice, as he searched for contraband.

"It was very scary. I was really intimidated. I was terrified. Anyone that's seen the video can tell I was terrified," she said.

An internal investigation by the Lakeland Police Department states Fetz's bra-shaking search wasn't wrong.

"The FBI reviewed this for us in terms of the civil rights or constitutional color of law violations and they determined that there were no color of law, civil rights issues that need to be investigated or prosecuted," Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack said Thursday.

Fetz wasn't cleared completely. Investigators say he didn't record the search correctly. He was suspended for one day without pay and will be required to do some re-training.

"I am a little disappointed that he got such a lenient punishment. I feel like Lakeland Police Department could have taken it a little more seriously," Brugger said.

But Brugger's fight doesn't end here.

"We are planning on bringing the civil suit, we're making some progress on that right now," she said.

As she moves forward with her civil case, Lakeland Police Department is making some changes.

Body searches will be done only by officers of the person's same sex and any manipulation of clothing like the infamous bra shake must be cleared and documented.

But Brugger says the past can't be undone.

"I will never look at the police the same way again. If anything happens, I'm going to really hesitate to call the police. And that's never going to go away," she said.

Brugger plans to hold a press conference next week with her Orlando-based attorney to outline their civil suit. Right now, they're collecting records to build their case.

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