Friday, August 10, 2012

It Takes 6 Cops to Stripe Search a Woman in Public and Remove a Tampon for a Rolling Stop Sign Violation, All in Front of Her Children

Stories of police abuse are becoming very frequent occurrences as citizens everywhere in America are literally being terrorized by the cops in Police State USA. Of course, the strategy and tactics of the state are to inflict massive humiliation and human degradation for the purpose of making citizens fear the state and its agents.

The most recent horror involves a Florida woman who didn't quite come to a full stop at a stop sign. That such a routine traffic violation required the services of 6 cops is deeply disturbing but the fact that she was strip searched in public is even more horrifying considering there was ZERO probable cause that she committed any crime(s) whatsoever. The cops forcibly removed a tampon.

Florida Police Sued For Allegedly Pulling Over Mother For Rolling Through Stop Sign and Then Strip Searching Her In Front of Children and Passerbys
There is a shocking lawsuit filed against the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department in Florida in which Leila Tarantino claims that she was pulled over for going through a stop sign and then stripped searched by the side of the road in front of her children.

Tarantino says that she was pulled over last July for allegedly rolling through a stop sign. She claims the officer immediately pulled his weapon and pulled her from the car without explanation or warning. She says that she was left in the back of his squad car for two hours and then strip searched by the side of the road in full view of bystanders. She further claims that a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from her during the strip search. She claims that there were five male officers and one female officer.

The civil action suit is against the government of Citrus County, Florida, Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsey and six unnamed police officers.
This is one of those cases where only a fraction of the allegations would need to be proven to make for an outrageous case. A strip search by the side of the road is itself a gross violation of standard procedures. We have not however heard from the officers or the department. They may contest that this was an actual strip search and contest the specific graphic details of the complaint below.

The long period of detention and lack of charges however raise serious questions regarding the basis for holding Tarantino. She was released with only a citation.
Civil liberties have been substantially eradicated in America.  Whether or not this victim of the Police State will find any relief in a judicial system that is designed to protect the government, its agents and its acts remains to be seen.

The Supreme Court has upheld the right of the police to strip search folks, even for folks who end up in jail on routine traffic violations.

Bend Over and Spread Em says the Supreme Court
Regarding the recent 5-4 SCOTUS decision to uphold strip searches, Supreme Court Justice Breyer describes a strip search in his dissent (joined by Kagan, Gingsberg and Sotomayor) as follows:

“‘..a visual inspection of the inmate’s naked body. This should include the inmate opening his mouth and moving his tongue up and down and from side to side, removing any dentures, running his hands through his hair, allowing his ears to be visually examined, lifting his arms to expose his arm pits, lifting his feet to examine the sole, spreading and/or lifting his testicles to expose the area behind them and bending over and/or spreading the cheeks of his buttocks to expose his anus. For females, the procedures are similar except females must in addition, squat to expose the vagina.’”

The Supreme Court has upheld the right of the police to do this to anybody for any reason who has the misfortune of ending up in police custody for any reason, including minor traffic violations. For obviously justifiable reasons, this outrageously insane Supreme Court decision has fired up anger among civil libertarians on all sides of the political ideological spectrum. Pure and simple, it's a rape, it's a sexual assault and it's designed to be as humiliating and degrading as possible. A nation where state sanctioned sexual assault is codified into the law of the land has debauched itself to a level reminiscent of Nazi Germany and the most ruthlessly oppressive totalitarian regimes ever to exist.
The America that we used to know and love for civil liberties and protection from psychotic cops is long gone.   

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