Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sheriff Tom Dart being sued - Woman claims she was denied the ability to beastfeed her baby in the courthouse lobby

Sheriff Tom Dart: The lawsuit is bogus! I even offered to breastfeed the child myself! I once gave myself a "Breastfeeding Medal" for the poor babies I have breastfed.
Photo Tag: Sheriff Tom Dart breastfeeding a newborn

A Skokie woman is suing Cook County, claiming a sheriff’s deputy violated her right to breastfeed by demanding she move from a courthouse lobby to a public bathroom — a request she says was not only illegal, but “degrading.”

Natalie Petrovic, a first-time mom who lives in Skokie, filed the suit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County.

She was at the Cook County Municipal Courthouse in Skokie on April 18, waiting to apply for food-assistance benefits and covering herself and her daughter with a blanket when a female deputy approached her, the suit claims. The deputy told her to either stop breastfeeding or move to the public bathroom.

Illinois legislators passed the state’s Right to Breastfeed Act in 2004, which says mothers may breastfeed their babies in any public or private location where they are otherwise allowed to be, even if they aren’t modestly covered.

Petrovic said even though it was her first time trying to publicly breastfeed her daughter Lisette, then 7 weeks old, she knew women have a right to breastfeed in public — what she calls “a completely natural thing.”

It “kind of blew me” that a county employee was asking her to stop despite the state law, said Petrovic 21, when reached at her home Wednesday night.

“It got me really frustrated that this woman, she’s a sheriff’s [deputy] and she didn’t know what people’s rights are,” she said.

She ultimately stopped because she didn’t want to risk getting kicked out of the courthouse and disrupting her application for benefits, and because feeding her baby in a public bathroom would have been “unsanitary, uncomfortable and degrading,” the suit claims.

“She stopped me from feeding my baby and that should never happen,” Petrovic said.

She says she tried to file a formal complaint against the deputy on her way out of the courthouse but couldn’t because a sheriff’s office worker, though apologetic, kept talking over her and cutting her off.

“I know a lot of women who breastfed before,” Petrovic said. “My mother breastfeed me, my sister breastfed her two sons in public and this never happened to them.”

She says the encounter has taught her that anyone — not just breastfeeding mothers — need to know their rights and follow their instincts.

“Do what you know is right, and don’t let someone stop you from doing if you know you’re in the right,” Petrovic said.

The lawsuit suit seeks an injunction preventing courthouse staff from denying any other women their right to breastfeed there, plus attorney’s fees and the costs of the suit.

A Cook County Sheriff’s office spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's pretty common to see a lot of Cook County Sheriff's Deputies, C/Os, P/Os, and the rainbow coalition of badges and political hacks that do not know the law. The one's that know the law and do their jobs are just overlooked, written up, or fired for doing their job.

Anonymous said...

Has itoccured to Rahm and Douche Dart that there is money to be made by selling "Lactating License's"

Anonymous said...

Filthy Euro gypsy

robbing seniors and robbing the rest of us by stealing public aid.

go die gypsy scum

Anonymous said...

What a surprise a gypsy welfare dog gonna sue cause she was insulted.Give her a few million and food stamps.Gypsy scum whore.

Anonymous said...

You have to be NEMERT Certified to breat feed in Crook County.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It's pretty common to see a lot of Cook County Sheriff's Deputies, C/Os, P/Os, and the rainbow coalition of badges and political hacks that do not know the law. The one's that know the law and do their jobs are just overlooked, written up, or fired for doing their job.

May 31, 2012 4:22 AM

+1!!

Anonymous said...

bitch go eat a dick and die already. we already have people waiting in line to hit the ghetto lottery (you should already know what thats like waitn for your link card and stamps)so do us all a favor on our tax dime like the rest of the shitheads BUY SO FUCKING FORMULA you fucking piss stain!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

...and by the way to my earlier post..... bitch find the daddy get the child support and mostly GET A FUCKING JOB!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's pretty common to see a lot of Cook County Sheriff's Deputies, C/Os, P/Os, and the rainbow coalition of badges and political hacks that do not know the law. The one's that know the law and do their jobs are just overlooked, written up, or fired for doing their job.
They don't teach about laws about breastfeeding in the academy. I am sure there will be a G.O. coming soon. Let all the breastfeeders go to your CPD station. CPD would allow this and whine on the blogs about it beacuse they are afraid of Rahmbo and McCarthy and what they might do to them. It will be Mike Shields fault for not fighting it.

Anonymous said...

CIVIL LIABILITIES
(740 ILCS 137/) Right to Breastfeed Act.
(740 ILCS 137/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Right to Breastfeed Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/5)
Sec. 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that breast milk offers better nutrition, immunity, and digestion, and may raise a baby's IQ, and that breastfeeding offers other benefits such as improved mother-baby bonding, and its encouragement has been established as a major goal of this decade by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. The General Assembly finds and declares that the Surgeon General of the United States recommends that babies be fed breastmilk, unless medically contraindicated, in order to attain an optimal healthy start.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/10)
Sec. 10. Breastfeeding Location. A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding; however, a mother considering whether to breastfeed her baby in a place of worship shall comport her behavior with the norms appropriate in that place of worship.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/15)
Sec. 15. Private right of action. A woman who has been denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship, may bring an action to enjoin future denials of the right to breastfeed. If the woman prevails in her suit, she shall be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and reasonable expenses of litigation.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/99)
Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

Anonymous said...

great photo. lmao.

Anonymous said...

She went for welfare, and picked up a lotto ticket while she was there!!

So sitting in some fucking courthouse with your tit hanging out is better than the bathroom?

I don't care where a mother decides to feed a kid, but this lawsuit shit is stupid.

Anonymous said...

Yeah,but is she hot and has nice milk jugs?

Anonymous said...

Tom Fart Dart is a great Sheriff and a great 19th Warder. Everybody picks on Tommy because they are jealous of this great product of Beverly. Beverly should be proud to have such a great man from their neihborhood. Tommy Fart Dart is the finest that Beverly has to offer. 4 more years for Tommy Butt Dart.

Anonymous said...

So there she sits in the courthouse breastfeeding the kid. First poor slob who comes along and takes a look she goes ape shit because somebody was staring at her sagging tits. It's a no win situation...

Anonymous said...

Dart knows ZERO about suckin titties.

Now as far as Sucking cock...he is master expert extraordinaire.

Anonymous said...

Ch 7 did an interview with the woman.

During the whole interview, she was bouncing up and down.

I'm pretty sure shaved was sitting behind her:)

You guys have to see this interview, it's pornographic with an open mind

I Voted For Obama said...

Natalie Petrovic voted for Obama, then opened up her nursing bra so that she could breast feed. Then she remembered she forgot her kid.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
CIVIL LIABILITIES
(740 ILCS 137/) Right to Breastfeed Act.
(740 ILCS 137/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Right to Breastfeed Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/5)
Sec. 5. Purpose. The General Assembly finds that breast milk offers better nutrition, immunity, and digestion, and may raise a baby's IQ, and that breastfeeding offers other benefits such as improved mother-baby bonding, and its encouragement has been established as a major goal of this decade by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. The General Assembly finds and declares that the Surgeon General of the United States recommends that babies be fed breastmilk, unless medically contraindicated, in order to attain an optimal healthy start.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/10)
Sec. 10. Breastfeeding Location. A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding; however, a mother considering whether to breastfeed her baby in a place of worship shall comport her behavior with the norms appropriate in that place of worship.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/15)
Sec. 15. Private right of action. A woman who has been denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship, may bring an action to enjoin future denials of the right to breastfeed. If the woman prevails in her suit, she shall be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and reasonable expenses of litigation.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

(740 ILCS 137/99)
Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 93-942, eff. 8-16-04.)

May 31, 2012 10:59 AM

Thank you Ms BULL DAGGER Esq.

Anonymous said...

Natalie Petrovic Voted for Obama, then asked him if he'd like to suck a tit. Obama replied "Yes ! Is your Husband around ???"

Anonymous said...

Dart always breast feeds all the puppies he rescues, so what's wrong with another animal feeding a critter?

Anonymous said...

poor deputy he/she is gooooooone!! Mr. Tommy is gonna fire the deputy ASAP.. No questions asked...And Teamsters are not gonna do shit..they sell you out to the county... Fire at will..Tommy Gunns....Fuck you asshole you love ruining peoples lives asshole.

Anonymous said...

he will give in like he folded with the pregnant bitchs. that guy is soft as baby shit.

Anonymous said...

Dart breast feeds Rahmbo and Gary !

Anonymous said...

(740 ILCS 137/5)Sec.5 Purpose.
The General Assembly finds that breast milk offers better nutrition, immunity, and digestion, and may raise a baby's IQ...

So, from that thing about IQ it's safe to say that not many niglets are breast fed?

Anonymous said...

Jail guards and bailiffs dont know shit about the law.Thats what happens when you hire political hacks.