Update: 8/10: 16:12 : The police of Citrus County Florida have 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.
Update: 8/10: Arrest record for Leila Tarantino, DUI, June, 2011. The Citrus County police will issue a statement shortly.
Original Story: 8/9: Last July , Leila Tarantino of Beverly Hills, Florida was driving on South Columbus Street with her one year-old and four year-old. She approached a stop sign and said she came to a complete stop.
The following are her allegations in a lawsuit that she has filed. The police version is not available.
She was pulled over by a cop who wouldn’t answer when she asked why she was stopped. She was detained for two hours. Four more cops arrived at the scene, one a female.
She was frisked and strip searched twice by the side of the road in front of passersby. The female cop forcibly removed her tampon during one search.
The cops had no reason to suspect contraband and found none. They expressed no reason to hold Mrs. Tarantino until the end of her ordeal when they told her she rolled through a stop sign. She denies the allegation.
The lawsuit alleges that the police violated her constitutional rights. The cops did not appear to follow their own rules according to the lawsuit.
If this is accurate, what happened to the fourth amendment?