Skip to comments.Strip search of woman by Sheriff's Deputies called outrageous
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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Filed under, “There is one hell of a lot more to this story than this lady’s attorney is telling us.”
At least they didn’t shoot her dog.
“Protect and Serve”, my eye.
I need to see photos before I can pass judgement
I agree something else is going on
You can’t see the video?
“At least they didnt 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.
I file it under , why the hell are two male officers participating in removing her bra and panties?
(((Filed under, There is one hell of a lot more to this story than this ladys attorney is telling us.)))
Could be true as she stated it, yet somehow it just doesn’t pass the smell test.
Two males were last to leave her naked. Stark County loses this one.
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.
very good question
You are right. Sorry for your loss Pete.
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?
Cops just wrong here. Wierd.
She probably threatened suicide.
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.
From what I remember of Morganna, that wouldn’t be your body part to swear by....
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.
There were female deputy's, five of them. And two male deputy's.
“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?
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.
Freaking GOONS! People need to get fired big time here and get a stiff “citizens” fine, i.e. a huge civil judgement.
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.”
Uhhhhh......yeah. Loading families. That's it.
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.
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.
If she doesn’t end up owning Stark County, her lawyer’s not trying.
Lawyers is as lawyers do.
Zey ver yest doink zer yob!
Its obvious she didn’t show proper respect to their authoritay! Pigs!
I guess you would just allow a group of men and women to rip your clothes off without protest.
So where are the cop lovers now? Defend this one.
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.
“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.
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
Bookmarked for follow up.
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.
All at the Dunkin Donuts with the rest of their cop buddies.
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.
I hope the Steffey’s enjoy their retirement in the Turks and Caicos Islands as guests of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
Yeah. That’s just like loading families on flat bed trucks. I bet they videotape that too.
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I think your meter needs adjustment.
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