Mom arrested at airport screening defends actions

Mom arrested at airport screening defends actions (Image 1)
Mom arrested at airport screening defends actions (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Clarksville mother charged with disorderly conduct after she berated Transportation Security Administration officers who were trying to pat down her teenage daughter is defending her conduct.

In a statement provided to The Tennessean, 41-year-old Andrea Abbott said an airport police officer bullied her and threatened to put her 14-year-old daughter in foster care.

Abbott first refused a body scan for her daughter and herself, saying she didn't want the officers to see them naked, according to an affidavit.

She then argued with the female officer who came to pat down her daughter, saying the woman was going to grab the girl's crotch.

Abbott will appear in Davidson County General Sessions Court on Monday.

Defense attorney Brent Horst said he believes Abbott was arrested for expressing her opinion.

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