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Florida mother pulled over for a traffic violation says officers forcibly removed her tampon in front of kids


A Florida woman, Leila Tarantino has made the shocking allegation that patrol officers pulled her over during a minor traffic violation (her car rolled over a stop sign last July) at gunpoint, strip searched her and ‘forcibly’ removed her tampon.

Chagrined, the Florida mother is now suing the government of Citrus County, Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsey and six unnamed offers. It identifies the six officers – five men and one woman – who conducted the searches as John and Jane Doe.

Florida New Times: 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.

Tarantino’s attorneys say their client was “unreasonably searched and subjected to intrusive, substantial and unwarranted invasions of privacy,” according to RT.

It is not understood at present how much the mother intends to sue the state for the violation of her rights. Such are the smug affairs of authorities who increasingly can’t help but feeling they are above the law.

That said the following comment also caught this author’s eye:

I have a hard time believing this story. This woman has at least two prior arrests (DUI and Domestic Battery) and the accusations are incredulous. I want more information.


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  • You were wise not to believe it. I spoke with the police today and I believe their version personally.

    Update: the police issued the following statement
    Ref: Civil action filed on August 3, 2012, by Leila Tarantino, Plaintiff

    The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office wants to go on record as saying the allegations made in this lawsuit are not only ludicrous, but completely untrue. Yes, a traffic stop was conducted on July 17, 2011. The plaintiff was issued a criminal citation for violation of restrictions on her driver’s license. She also was issued a written warning for rolling through a stop sign.

    No strip search was conducted, and the plaintiff’s tampon was never forcibly removed by any deputy.

    It is the Sheriff’s Office intent to aggressively defend itself against these malicious allegations.

    Issued 08/10/12