Savvy Shukla was breastfeeding her 1-month-old while at the local Piggly Wiggly, a supermarket in Columbus, Georgia, when she was approached by a police officer who threatened to arrest her. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Shukla said the officer told her she “needed to cover up because someone might find it ‘offensive.'” Despite her shock, she managed to tell the officer that under Georgia law she was allowed to breastfeed “wherever I want so long as I’m authorized to be there.”
The officer proceeded to tell her that she only thought she knew what the law said — if her nipple became exposed, he added, he’d have to arrest her for indecent exposure. When Shukla repeated that she did in fact know the law and that “if someone finds this offensive something is wrong with them,” the officer reiterated, incorrectly, that she didn’t know the law and that he could “‘already see [her] areola.'”
“For him to see my areola, he would’ve had to have been staring VERY hard,” wrote Shukla. A passing paralegal named April witnessed the scene and managed to get a picture of the officer as well as his name. “I actually was able to talk to the Sheriff and make the formal complaint,” Shukla told Mashable. “They’re currently doing an investigation on the situation.” She added that despite having initially been reduced to tears by the ordeal, that she would “continue to breastfeed uncovered and in public like [she had] been for the last 20 months.”
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