Breastfeeding mother receives apology after deputy threatens to arrest her
- Author: Joanne Flowers Sep 28, 2016,
Sep 28, 2016, 9:25
So Shukla told the officer she knew her rights and walked away.
"Tonight while in Piggly Wiggly with my sister and both my children (the oldest 20 months and the youngest 1 month old today) while nursing, a deputy approached me right when I was about to leave and informed that I needed to cover up because someone might find it 'offensive, '" shared Savannah Shukla in a Facebook post.
Shukla reportedly told the deputy that she knew her rights, but said that he told her she was wrong, and that if he saw her nipple, he might have to arrest her "for being offensive", and that "This isn't like the first amendment where you can say something offensive". As every mother who has ever breastfed will tell you, when a baby starts fussing, there's not much you can do besides feed him. "So if I were to try and cover myself up, even if it's just a second, he said that would be considered indecent exposure and that he really didn't want to have me arrested".
Though Shukla repeated Georgia state law back to the officer, stating she can breastfeed "however most comfortable where [she wants] as long as [she's] authorized to be there", the cop insisted she only "THINK [S]" she knows the law, and was actually in violation.
A Georgia woman says a sheriff's deputy threatened to arrest her because she was breastfeeding at a grocery store in Columbus. "I said, 'If somebody finds it offensive, that's on them, not on me'".
The sheriff said the deputy was working part time at the Piggly Wiggly over the weekend when some customers complained about a woman breastfeeding in the grocery store.
Then, he allegedly indicated he would arrest her for indecent exposure should her son unlatch from her breast. All she was doing was feeding a hungry baby while trying to do some shopping, ' April said.
I have seen and am aware of a post circulating Facebook, regarding a situation between a Muscogee County... "It is also the law in the state of Georgia". On Monday, Shukla filed an official complaint, hoping that other mothers won't receive the same treatment. He confirmed that the state law was on Shukla's side, and said that the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office did not condone Zipata's actions, and would be investigating the incident. We are now looking into this incident and it will be addressed. "They're now doing an investigation on the situation".
Before this story continues, it bears noting that Shukla is right: in Georgia, mothers are allowed to breastfeed in public, anywhere where mother and baby are legally allowed to be, according to US Legal. Hopefully, some additional training will ensure that all deputies in Muscogee County understand the law.