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Strip search of woman by Sheriff's Deputies called outrageous
WKYC.com ^ | 1/31/2008 | Susan Vinella

Posted on 02/04/2008 7:36:26 AM PST by VRing

CANTON -- Hope Steffey's night began with a call to police for help. It ended with her face down, completely naked and sobbing on a jail cell floor. Steffey says Stark County sheriff's deputies used excessive force and assaulted her during a strip search 15 months ago, according to a federal lawsuit.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: badcopnodonut; beserkcop; crime; donttasemebro; donutwatch; jackbootalert; police
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An interesting video of our protectors in action.
1 posted on 02/04/2008 7:36:27 AM PST by VRing
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To: VRing

Filed under, “There is one hell of a lot more to this story than this lady’s attorney is telling us.”


2 posted on 02/04/2008 7:39:03 AM PST by r9etb
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To: VRing

At least they didn’t shoot her dog.

“Protect and Serve”, my eye.


3 posted on 02/04/2008 7:40:01 AM PST by Politicalmom (Don't blame me. I'm writing FRed in.)
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To: VRing

I need to see photos before I can pass judgement


4 posted on 02/04/2008 7:42:08 AM PST by fso301
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To: r9etb

I agree something else is going on


5 posted on 02/04/2008 7:42:24 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: fso301

You can’t see the video?


6 posted on 02/04/2008 7:43:03 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Politicalmom

“At least they didn’t shoot her dog.”

I”m surprised they didn’t taser her when she objected to being forcibly stripped naked by a bunch of male cops.


7 posted on 02/04/2008 7:44:23 AM PST by VRing (Happiness is a perfect sling bruise.)
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To: r9etb

I file it under , why the hell are two male officers participating in removing her bra and panties?


8 posted on 02/04/2008 7:45:37 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: r9etb

(((Filed under, “There is one hell of a lot more to this story than this lady’s attorney is telling us.”)))

Oh Yea!!


9 posted on 02/04/2008 7:46:58 AM PST by Graycliff (Long haired freaky people, need not apply.)
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To: VRing

Could be true as she stated it, yet somehow it just doesn’t pass the smell test.


10 posted on 02/04/2008 7:47:49 AM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: VRing

That’s disturbing.

Two males were last to leave her naked. Stark County loses this one.


11 posted on 02/04/2008 7:48:11 AM PST by Malsua
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To: VRing

Cant back the cops on this one. They are dead wrong and I hope this woman gets millions. If her only crime was showing the wrong drivers license, then arrest my butt too. Because my brother just passed away and I have his also in my wallet because I want him close to me.


12 posted on 02/04/2008 7:49:17 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Long Island Pete
Cant back the cops on this one. They are dead wrong and I hope this woman gets millions. If her only crime was showing the wrong drivers license, then arrest my butt too. Because my brother just passed away and I have his also in my wallet because I want him close to me.

You are right. Sorry for your loss Pete.

Best regards

14 posted on 02/04/2008 7:50:39 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: VRing

So, they stripped her. Pretty clear from the video. But it was not a strip search. OK. Then what was it?

While there is clearly something we don’t know, can anyone who thinks the woman was disorderly come up with a decent explanation of why the cops needed to strip her down while cuffed when they were just going to put her in a cell for the next few hours?


15 posted on 02/04/2008 7:50:55 AM PST by dmz
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To: VRing
Some real dunba=s cop thugs!
16 posted on 02/04/2008 7:50:55 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: VRing
She probably threatened suicide. I used to work in a County Jail and when someone came in threatening suicide they had to take all their cloths off and be put in a special cell, except in our case they were covered in a suicide smock, which is a thick inflexible thing that they wore to cover themselves with, that they couldn't turn into a rope. They were also put on 15 minute checks.
17 posted on 02/04/2008 7:51:10 AM PST by Husker24
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To: VRing
Those robot cops scare the crap out of me!!! It was like she was being rapped. Un-friggin believable!! These are the same cops that will go into neighborhoods and start loading families into flat bed trucks. They all should be fired. You have no rights and you are guilty!!!! I hope the Bozo sheriff gets sued for everything!! This crap has got to stop.
18 posted on 02/04/2008 7:52:06 AM PST by 4yearlurker (We are the vehicles and God is the driver.)
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To: VRing

Cops just wrong here. Wierd.


19 posted on 02/04/2008 7:52:15 AM PST by Greg F (Romney appointed homosexual activists as judges in Massachusetts.)
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To: Husker24

She probably threatened suicide.
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Possibly, but she is clearly heard during the video screaming ‘why are you doing this to me?’. That doesn’t pass the suicide watch smell test for me.


21 posted on 02/04/2008 7:53:42 AM PST by dmz
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To: VRing

thugs.


22 posted on 02/04/2008 7:54:31 AM PST by ddtorquee
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To: Morgana

From what I remember of Morganna, that wouldn’t be your body part to swear by....


23 posted on 02/04/2008 7:54:54 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Morgana

it was a coed team holding her down and stripping her naked. IF they did a cavity search you couldn’t tell from the video. disgusting. just disgusting.


24 posted on 02/04/2008 7:55:43 AM PST by tioga (Beware: conservative with back to the wall. Proceed with extreme caution.)
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To: Morgana
They mean to tell me that there were no female deputes or jail matrons???? My big fat white Queen Latifa ass!!!!

There were female deputy's, five of them. And two male deputy's.

Regards

25 posted on 02/04/2008 7:57:14 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Husker24

“She probably threatened suicide.”

That is in the video. They asked her if she thought about hurting herself and she replied “now or ever?” and and that point the cops couldn’t her clothes off fast enough. There was no smock to cover herself with though. I wonder why?


26 posted on 02/04/2008 7:57:25 AM PST by VRing (Happiness is a perfect sling bruise.)
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To: dmz
Possibly, but she is clearly heard during the video screaming ‘why are you doing this to me?’

They asked her "have you ever thought of harming yourself?"...her response...was the wrong thing. She replied "now or ever?". They interpret that as a yes and strip her down. Complete over reaction and there are males in there.

27 posted on 02/04/2008 7:57:26 AM PST by Malsua
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To: VRing

Freaking GOONS! People need to get fired big time here and get a stiff “citizens” fine, i.e. a huge civil judgement.


28 posted on 02/04/2008 7:58:23 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: dmz

I dont know, my internet is too slow to download the video. If she was being combative she should have been put in a restraint chair, untill she calmed down. We had drunks come into the jail all the time screaming “why are you doing this to me.”


29 posted on 02/04/2008 7:58:31 AM PST by Husker24
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To: 4yearlurker
These are the same cops that will go into neighborhoods and start loading families into flat bed trucks.

Uhhhhh......yeah. Loading families. That's it.

30 posted on 02/04/2008 7:58:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: VRing

I’ve never understood why anyone would call the police in the first place, except to verify an insurance claim resulting from an accident. Even then, I’m prettty leery of them. They are not our friends, anymore.


31 posted on 02/04/2008 7:59:02 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: al baby
I agree something else is going on

Yeah, and it's with the Sheriff's dept.

She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and I suspect the resisting arrest charge was a result of her reluctance to be strip searched.

I agree with the lawyer on this. This is an example of a government agency forcing its will upon an individual and, in addition, violating its own policies in the process.

This is what all government agencies will look like if Hillary is elected.

32 posted on 02/04/2008 7:59:48 AM PST by cowboyway ("No damn man kills me and lives." -- Nathan Bedford Forrest)
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To: VRing
To protect and serve/sarc
33 posted on 02/04/2008 8:00:38 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: VRing
Just seeing what the 2 videos show, it is pretty damning against the sheriff’s dept. Having male deputies assist in the strip search convicts is abhorrent.
34 posted on 02/04/2008 8:00:46 AM PST by rawhide
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To: VRing

If she doesn’t end up owning Stark County, her lawyer’s not trying.


35 posted on 02/04/2008 8:01:35 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: r9etb

Lawyers is as lawyers do.


36 posted on 02/04/2008 8:01:58 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: VRing

Zey ver yest doink zer yob!

Its obvious she didn’t show proper respect to their authoritay! Pigs!


37 posted on 02/04/2008 8:03:45 AM PST by American_Centurion (No, I don't trust the government to automatically do the right thing.)
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To: Husker24

I guess you would just allow a group of men and women to rip your clothes off without protest.


38 posted on 02/04/2008 8:04:04 AM PST by Politicalmom (Don't blame me. I'm writing FRed in.)
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To: VRing

So where are the cop lovers now? Defend this one.


39 posted on 02/04/2008 8:05:28 AM PST by Centurion2000 (When a population loses faith in the justice system, criminals will fight to the death more often.)
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To: r9etb
Filed under, “There is one hell of a lot more to this story than this lady’s attorney is telling us.”

Perhaps. In case you aren't aware of this though, lawyers are hired to defend and protect their clients. If it were otherwise, why in Hell would one hire a lawyer.

I've bookmarked this web site because I'm interested in seeing the follow-on of this episode. I think that this Sherrif's Department has a serious problem on their hands. I personally think that they should shoot for bankrupting the county that owns that department. Her lawyer might want to bring in some outside help.

In that there were male officers at the nuding of this woman is particularly damning.

40 posted on 02/04/2008 8:05:28 AM PST by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness)
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“So, they stripped her. Pretty clear from the video. But it was not a strip search. OK. Then what was it?”

It wasn’t a cavity search but she was forcibly stripped by males. i don’t think she appreciates the distinction.

Things like this are why people don’t like calling the police and don’t trust the police.


41 posted on 02/04/2008 8:06:05 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: AppyPappy
Uhhhhh......yeah. Loading families. That's it.

Yeah. Never happen. They're too professional and besides, they work for us. It's not like they get off beating and stripping women or anything like that

42 posted on 02/04/2008 8:06:42 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: VRing

Bookmarked for follow up.


43 posted on 02/04/2008 8:10:04 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("life is dangerous")
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To: davisfh
Perhaps. In case you aren't aware of this though, lawyers are hired to defend and protect their clients. If it were otherwise, why in Hell would one hire a lawyer.

You know, I'm really shocked to find a fellow who has been at FR even longer than I have, who has not yet learned the proper skepticism when presented with a story like this.

I mean, look what we've got: a sensational-sounding story, with all of the "details" (of which there are almost none) being provided by the plaintiff's lawyers. Those stories are almost NEVER accurate, and are often incredibly inaccurate.

What we have here, is possibly a "Rodney King" video -- something that looks ghastly, until you understand it in context.

44 posted on 02/04/2008 8:10:17 AM PST by r9etb
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So where are the cop lovers now? Defend this one.

All at the Dunkin Donuts with the rest of their cop buddies.

45 posted on 02/04/2008 8:14:34 AM PST by Illuminatas (Being conservative means never having to say; "Don't you dare question my patriotism")
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To: dmz
Possibly, but she is clearly heard during the video screaming ‘why are you doing this to me?’. That doesn’t pass the suicide watch smell test for me.

That's because we don't really have any facts worth mentioning in this case. You've got a video that looks bad, and some vague comments from her lawyer, and absolutely no context in which to place them.

When you talk about "smell tests," I've got an almost infallible one for stories like this one.

1. Story that sounds bad.
2. Story reported by a TV station
3. All of the "facts" are provided by the plaintiff's lawyer and relatives
4. No real facts about why the cops were called
5. No real specifics as to why the plaintiff was arrested in the first place.

When I see that combination, my "smell test" meter goes off the scale.

46 posted on 02/04/2008 8:16:23 AM PST by r9etb
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To: VRing

I hope the Steffey’s enjoy their retirement in the Turks and Caicos Islands as guests of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.


47 posted on 02/04/2008 8:18:17 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that that light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: paul51

Yeah. That’s just like loading families on flat bed trucks. I bet they videotape that too.


48 posted on 02/04/2008 8:19:17 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ddtorquee

thugs.

I agree

Contact Information: Sheriff Timothy A Swanson
Telephone
(330) 430-3800
FAX
Postal address
4500 Atlantic Blvd., N.E., Canton, Ohio 44705
Electronic mail
General Information: strkshrf@raex.com


49 posted on 02/04/2008 8:19:50 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("life is dangerous")
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To: r9etb

I think your meter needs adjustment.


50 posted on 02/04/2008 8:21:11 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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