Recently, Lakeland, Florida officials paid Zoe Brugger $25,000.00. Brugger was pulled over in May 2013 because of a broken headlight. Officer Dustin Fetz made Brugger shake out her bra several times allegedly searching for drugs. The officer's dash cam recorded the encounter, but Fetz left his microphone on mute. Additionally, Fetz searched Brugger's vehicle over her objections and without a search warrant.
Fetz was not reprimanded for his behavior. He served a one day suspension because his microphone was on mute. Brugger will sign a release that promises she will not sue the city in exchange for the money.
If this were you, what would you have done? Would you sue or settle?