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article imageWoman suing Florida police over a strip search

By Anne Sewell     Aug 10, 2012 in World
Beverly Hills - In July 2011, Leila Tarantino was pulled over and detained by police for around two hours for allegedly disobeying a stop sign in Beverly Hills, FL. A police officer then performed a strip search and forcibly removed a tampon.
Attorneys for Tarantino have now filed a civil action suit against the government of Citrus County, Florida, Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsey, and six unnamed police officers for an irregular traffic stop that they believe involved excessive use of force.
One of the main reasons for the claim is that an officer “forcibly” removed Tarantino's tampon during a strip search.
The attorneys claim that a police officer originally flagged their client through the sign, after she stopped at the intersection. However, immediately afterwards, she was pulled over by the same officer, who approached her car, gun in hand.
Tarantino was then allegedly handcuffed and detained, while her two children 1- and 4-years-old, waited in the back seat of her car, but was never actually charged with a crime.
During the detainment, an unnamed female officer frisked and strip searched Tarantino “twice at the side of [a] busy road, in plain view of passersby.”
“During one of the strip searches,” they claim, Tarantino “had a tampon forcibly removed” by the female officer.
Her attorneys write that “None of the officers had any individualized suspicion” about the plaintiff, and the “Citrus County Sheriff’s Department had nothing in its policy and procedures manual regarding when and how it is legal and proper for its officer to perform a strip search and its failure to train its officers evinces a deliberate indifference to the constitution rights of Citrus County citizens.”
Tarantino's attorneys are saying that their client's rights were violated multiple times during the incident, where she was unreasonably searched and subjected to "intrusive, substantial and unwarranted invasions of privacy."
Attorneys have demanded a jury trial, where they hope that the defendants will be charged with battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The full lawsuit can be read here.
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