Skip to comments.Woman Who Called for Help Assaulted By Police; Police Suing TV Station that Exposed Them
Posted on 02/28/2009 6:34:06 AM PST by steve-b
Check out the video below, where WKYC investigative reporter Tom Meyer spoke with Greg Steffey, whose wife, Hope Steffey called 911 after she was assaulted by her cousin. Things took a turn for the worst when the police arrived and treated Hope as the perpetrator. She was arrested, taken to jail, and subjected to a humiliating full-body strip search by both male and female officers, violating the sheriff department's own policy that a strip search be conducted by an officer of the same sex. Hope was then left naked in a cell for six hours. Included in the news segment was video footage of the strip search....
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If it pans out as true, the entire department should be fired.
I’d like to know where the rest of that footage is and WHY were so MANY officers, video camera in hand, walking her to a cell? Something stinks and I hope that the truth comes out.
2009 Government Goon
I hope there’s more to the story. From what what we see so far this lady will win the lawsuit and some deputies and possibly the Sherrif should lose their jobs. Disturbing video.
I hope that this woman and her husband don’t have to work another day in their lives. Dear God in heaven, what the heck is happening to our country that people like this get to wear a badge?
This has got to be the most horrendous case of jack-booted thuggery I have ever witnessed. If that deputy was “confused” as to who was the perp, then maybe he should try another line of work!
Hoping,however, for our state AG to do something about this, is too much to ask. Strickland and his cronies are a bunch of ostriches.
Little men doing what little men do. Disgusting for real officers.
If this as it appears, they should loose more than their jobs. They should loose their freedom. In a place where they can have all the groping and sex they want, and then some.
Female officers not only participated, but actually filmed this atrocity.
These women should be lookinbg for new jobs as Security at a Dyke bar.
Its a crime to be intoxicated in your own home? Resisting arrest and disorderly conduct? A lot of women tend to resist and act disorderly when held down and stripped by a group of men, are they also being charged?
And taking away clothing doesn't prevent suicide. Someone watching the individual prevents suicide. Certainly conducting what would be considered a sexual assault and leaving a woman naked in a cell for six hours might make a woman suicidal.
...From the cops!
Of course, I'm sure we are about to be treated to several really good "explanations" about why this was necessary./s
They better not call me to be on the jury when these officers go on trial for rape!!!!!!!
The problem with this whole circus is that the taxpayers will pay for this and none of these officers will lose their homes.
Sorry, if that ever happened to my wife, I’d have to hunt down and execute every last one of the LEOs involved.
Sexual assault under color of authority — among other charges. They should be behind bars, every one of them.
Damn... just damn...
What do you mean real officers? This stuff goes on EVERY Day, in every city, in every county in every town in this country. Yet “you people” want an aggressive, armed and plentiful police force. So that’s what you get.
It is absolute unbelieveable that the LEOs are suimg the TV station for exposing them. The TV station reporters should be given medals.
Have we actually come to that in the US?
It seems as if the liberals have gotten what they wanted: we've effectively lowered the standards of living in the US to turd-wurld levels. Viva equality!
“Sorry, if that ever happened to my wife, Id have to hunt down and execute every last one of the LEOs involved.”
Very extreme point of view, but understandable.
That’s easily taken care of: sue the officers individually, by name as acting under the color of authority of the sheriff’s department.
They will arrive, and they will excuse... wait for it... wait for it...
“Their is another side of this story that is not being told...” BARF...
This countersuit by the police is purely for harassment and revenge against injured citizens.
I dislike the police more every day. Totally out of hand. I can’t believe this would happen in America. I am flabbergasted. That poor woman.
They certainly served and protected the s**t out of her!
My sentiments exactly. This is the “State” in action folks.
This will sound shallow and extremely prejudicial BUT, overweight female CO’s with butchy, badly bleached hair give me the creeps. I am a fitness trainer part time and I can’t tell you the number of times these dumpy dykes come to the gym, not to work out, obviously, but to hang out and make comments about other women working out. This is exactly the behavior I’d expect out of any of them.
If you will give me a list of the ones you’re going after I’ll be happy to pick up where you leave off if they get you before you’ve completed the list!
I don’t care how supportive a person is of law enforcement, especially in these days of officers dying almost weekly at the hands of criminals, there is nothing that could justify the treatment shown in this video.
I’m not defending the officers, they should be punished for wrong-doing, but the news has already tried and convicted them. With the criminals it’s always “alleged.” Why isn’t the same being used here? I’m just saying more “unbiased” news.
Again, it looks bad, and they should be brought to justice if this is the case.
“You don’t get it, these men and women deal with things you could never understand, you can’t judge them!”
Boy thats an oldie but a goodie. I think we could just save them some time and finish the thread for them. Wheres THefactor when you need him?
Fascist thugs hiding behind their badges. There will come a reckoning.
“Hope Steffey is apparently not the only one who has suffered such treatment. Five more women later came forward with similar allegations of mistreatment. But according to the police, each of the female detainees threatened suicide, which is what trigged the strip search under the presumption that they had no means of hurting themselves.
All of the women, however, deny making suicide threats.”
I happen to agree with it. Every one of them would disappear, and the station would burn.
The only ones scummier than the cops, is the TV station that “reported” this story. This is incredibly one-sided. The reporter never mentions the husband wasn’t at home when this happened. He didn’t see any of it- at the home or at the police station. Everything he’s saying is second hand information. The reporter makes a point of telling us the sheriff refuses to talk on camera, but never tells us why the alleged victim won’t speak on camera. The reporter makes a big deal about the dashcam not being on. I thought that was for traffic stops where all the action is taking place in front of the cop car. I mean, what’s the purpose of turning on the dashcam if the cops are going inside the house? The newsman also “reports” the husband’s story as fact. I believe there’s only one time in the whole report where he uses the term “they say”. Also, it isn’t until the end of the story the reporter quickly mentions the alleged victim “leaned up against the officer” and gave the cops her sister’s driver’s license. Another odd thing, instead of calling 911 after she was assaulted, the alleged victim had someone else do it. Come on. A bunch of low life white trash were partying, a fight broke out and somebody called the cops (I’d love to hear the 911 tape to see if the caller actually reported this woman was assaulted) Cops arrive and this drunken woman starts screaming in their faces. The cops tell her to shut up. She won’t. Then she “leans” on a deputy and they take her in. If they want to go after the cops for what they did, fine. But they better let us know what scumbags the “victim” and her family are, as well.
From the video and story you figured out the victims are scum bags and were having a party? I didn’t see that anywhere.
That may well have happened but it doesn’t matter. The fact is they stripped her (male and female officers) and left her naked in a cell for 6 hours. That is unexcuseable.
And where do you get off assuming that the victims are scum bags and partiers and since when did it become illegal to be drunk in one’s own home?
“...they better let us know what scumbags the victim and her family are.”
Unbelievable. There is absolutely NOTHING that a woman could be arrested for that would excuse this behavior! This is exactly what it looks like: sick cops getting their jollies by stripping and groping a pretty woman!!!
Ok, it starts...
I don’t care if the lady was drunk, dumb as a box of rocks, stoned, only in our world of 2009 is that a reason to strip a lady naked, and leave her in a cell that way for six hours. Only in America. “You People” want an aggressive, plentiful and empowered police force so that’s what we get. Folks love that until the guns are turned on them or their family.
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