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Woman Who Called for Help Assaulted By Police; Police Suing TV Station that Exposed Them
The Cleveland Leader ^ | 2/19/09

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: assault; cleveland; donutwatch; emergency911; femalecops; leo
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1 posted on 02/28/2009 6:34:06 AM PST by steve-b
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To: steve-b

Dadgum


2 posted on 02/28/2009 6:38:37 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: steve-b

If it pans out as true, the entire department should be fired.


3 posted on 02/28/2009 6:42:25 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: steve-b

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.


4 posted on 02/28/2009 6:44:46 AM PST by Kimberly GG (Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda been HUNTER.)
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To: xcamel
1950;Officer Friendly

2009 Government Goon

5 posted on 02/28/2009 6:45:55 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: steve-b

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.


6 posted on 02/28/2009 6:46:23 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Liberty Valance

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?


7 posted on 02/28/2009 6:48:51 AM PST by SaintDismas
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To: steve-b

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.


8 posted on 02/28/2009 6:49:58 AM PST by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps. 11:3)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; TonyRo76

Ohio ping!


9 posted on 02/28/2009 6:51:30 AM PST by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps. 11:3)
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To: steve-b

Little men doing what little men do. Disgusting for real officers.


10 posted on 02/28/2009 6:53:30 AM PST by mefistofelerevised
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To: Liberty Valance

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.


11 posted on 02/28/2009 6:54:30 AM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: mefistofelerevised

Female officers not only participated, but actually filmed this atrocity.

These women should be lookinbg for new jobs as Security at a Dyke bar.


12 posted on 02/28/2009 6:54:52 AM PST by Venturer
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To: steve-b
The sheriff's office also contents that Meyer ignored "all the facts that interfere with his sensationalized story and one-sided story." In particular, they point out that he failed to mention that Steffey had been arrested because she was intoxicated and later convicted for misdemeanor resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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.

13 posted on 02/28/2009 6:56:14 AM PST by SampleMan (Socialism and Liberty are mutually exclusive.)
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To: steve-b
Time for the locals there to arm up and defend themselves.

...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

14 posted on 02/28/2009 6:56:17 AM PST by PalmettoMason ("an empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Obama got out")
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To: xcamel
If it pans out as true, the entire department should be fired.

They better not call me to be on the jury when these officers go on trial for rape!!!!!!!

15 posted on 02/28/2009 7:00:06 AM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: steve-b

The problem with this whole circus is that the taxpayers will pay for this and none of these officers will lose their homes.


16 posted on 02/28/2009 7:02:53 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: steve-b

Sorry, if that ever happened to my wife, I’d have to hunt down and execute every last one of the LEOs involved.


17 posted on 02/28/2009 7:04:37 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: GWMcClintock; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping!

To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail (works best)
both TonyRo76 and LasVegasDave.

18 posted on 02/28/2009 7:04:45 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (Illegitimi non carborundum - "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: steve-b

Sexual assault under color of authority — among other charges. They should be behind bars, every one of them.


19 posted on 02/28/2009 7:05:02 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: steve-b

Damn... just damn...


20 posted on 02/28/2009 7:07:30 AM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: steve-b
I'm sure she deserved it, she had it coming because she wasn't properly deferential to the badge or she assaulted one of them by bleeding on their fists or she screamed and hurt their ears as they were stripping her down, or some such rotgut.

I expect that's what the LEO lickspittles will say when they arrive to excuse this "misunderstanding".


21 posted on 02/28/2009 7:08:17 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: steve-b
The officers involved in Steffey's case, who were caught on video roughly removing her clothing while she screamed, are now suing WKYC, claiming defamation and invasion of privacy.

Unbelievable.

22 posted on 02/28/2009 7:08:26 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: mefistofelerevised

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.


23 posted on 02/28/2009 7:08:41 AM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: steve-b

It is absolute unbelieveable that the LEOs are suimg the TV station for exposing them. The TV station reporters should be given medals.


24 posted on 02/28/2009 7:08:52 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: steve-b
I am utterly disgusted. The officers involved should do serious time. In third-world countries, women have to be worried about being sexually assaulted when questioned or taken in to custody.

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!

25 posted on 02/28/2009 7:09:18 AM PST by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: BuffaloJack

“Sorry, if that ever happened to my wife, I’d have to hunt down and execute every last one of the LEOs involved.”

Very extreme point of view, but understandable.


26 posted on 02/28/2009 7:09:30 AM PST by freeplancer (McCain Voters Catch the Lobsters-Obama Voters Eat Them)
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To: Bon mots

That’s easily taken care of: sue the officers individually, by name as acting under the color of authority of the sheriff’s department.


27 posted on 02/28/2009 7:09:35 AM PST by A. Morgan (Every night I pray that Rezko and Blago roll over on Obama!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

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...


28 posted on 02/28/2009 7:10:21 AM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: xcamel
The woman filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff, the county commissioners and about 15 John Does/Jane Does of the sheriff's department. It isn't mentioned in the story but has probably already been settled.

This countersuit by the police is purely for harassment and revenge against injured citizens.

29 posted on 02/28/2009 7:11:53 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DariusBane
“Their is another side of this story that is not being told...” BARF...

You know it.

Or the old standby, "You don't get it, these men and women deal with things you could never understand, you can't judge them!"
30 posted on 02/28/2009 7:12:13 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: steve-b

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.


31 posted on 02/28/2009 7:13:42 AM PST by ozarkgirl (I'll keep my money, my freedom and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: A. Morgan

They certainly served and protected the s**t out of her!


32 posted on 02/28/2009 7:14:03 AM PST by Pete98 (After his defeat by the Son of God, Satan changed his name to Allah and started over.)
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To: DariusBane
I like to believe there are cops who aren't punks. This video is close to a sexual assault. Then they left in a cell naked for 6 hours? Abuse by punks in authority.
33 posted on 02/28/2009 7:14:45 AM PST by mefistofelerevised
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To: freeplancer
“Sorry, if that ever happened to my wife, I’d have to hunt down and execute every last one of the LEOs involved.”

Very extreme point of view

No, not really, a man protects his family against all predators.

, but understandable.

Totally and grounds for a "not guilty" verdict if I'm on the jury.
34 posted on 02/28/2009 7:16:09 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: BuffaloJack

My sentiments exactly. This is the “State” in action folks.


35 posted on 02/28/2009 7:16:48 AM PST by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: steve-b

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.


36 posted on 02/28/2009 7:17:30 AM PST by constitutiongirl ("Duty is ours. Consequences are God's." - General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson)
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To: BuffaloJack

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.


37 posted on 02/28/2009 7:17:34 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: steve-b

Reference bump!


38 posted on 02/28/2009 7:19:24 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: steve-b

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.


39 posted on 02/28/2009 7:19:49 AM PST by swatbuznik
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

“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?


40 posted on 02/28/2009 7:19:53 AM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: steve-b

Fascist thugs hiding behind their badges. There will come a reckoning.


41 posted on 02/28/2009 7:20:16 AM PST by thecabal (Hey Obama, when you gonna start sharin' the sacrifice?)
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To: Pete98
They certainly served and protected the s**t out of her!

And they'd be doing it again and again without a single thing being done about it if not for video tape.
42 posted on 02/28/2009 7:20:20 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: steve-b

“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.”


43 posted on 02/28/2009 7:21:22 AM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: freeplancer

I happen to agree with it. Every one of them would disappear, and the station would burn.


44 posted on 02/28/2009 7:21:23 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A GUTLESS SOCIALIST LOSER WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: xcamel
Fired??? They need prison time! That's sexual assault!
45 posted on 02/28/2009 7:26:28 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: mountn man

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.


46 posted on 02/28/2009 7:34:00 AM PST by Krankor (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me.)
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To: Krankor

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?


47 posted on 02/28/2009 7:39:02 AM PST by ozarkgirl (I'll keep my money, my freedom and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Krankor

“...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!!!


48 posted on 02/28/2009 7:40:34 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: Krankor

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.


49 posted on 02/28/2009 7:40:37 AM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: DariusBane
Ok, it starts...

Like lemmings rushing to the sea, it's inevitable.
50 posted on 02/28/2009 7:43:39 AM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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