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  • Strip search of woman by Sheriff's Deputies called outrageous

    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_articl...?storyid=82447

    (VIDEO AT THIS LINK)



    CANTON, Ohio -- 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.

    Stark County Sheriff Timothy Swanson denies the allegation.

    Steffey's attorney says her clothes, including her underwear and bra, were stripped from her body by at least seven male and female sheriff's deputies and jail workers. She lay face down in handcuffs at the time.

    "Hope begged and pleaded with her ... assailants to stop," the lawsuit says. "There was no forcible penetration but Hope felt as if she was being raped."

    The sheriff denies this was a strip search.

    The sheriff's policy requires officers conducting any strip search to be of the same sex.

    Her attorney, David Malik, said Steffey, 41, was never asked to voluntarily remove her clothes.
    In an e-mail, Swanson said Steffey was asked to remove her clothes but refused. He said deputies took them off for her own safety.

    Swanson declined to comment further, saying the details would come out in court.

    Channel 3 News obtained exclusive video of Steffey's night in the Stark County jail cell. You can click the link at the bottom of the page to view it. A warning: it is difficult to watch.

    Steffey declined to be interviewed for this story. But her husband, a high school educator, talked to Channel 3's Tom Meyer.

    Greg Steffey said his wife is still traumatized. But the couple wants the story told to prevent it from happening to someone else.

    "This could be your wife or anyone's wife," Greg Steffey said.

    He said he still can't believe this happened to Hope, a 125-pound woman who, earlier that night, turned to police for help.

    "You don't treat people like this," Greg Steffey said. "I don't think murderers are treated like this much less people charged with disorderly conduct."

    Steffey's ordeal with the Stark County Sheriff's deputies began after her cousin called police for help.

    In a 9-1-1 call, her cousin said Steffey had been assaulted by another cousin.

    When a Stark County deputy arrived, he asked for Steffey's driver's license. She accidentally turned over her dead sister's license, which she said she keeps in her wallet as a memento, the lawsuit says.

    The deputy refused to give the license back and told Steffey to "shut up about your dead sister," according to her attorney.

    The sheriff denied that in a written response to the lawsuit.

    Eventually, Steffey was arrested and taken to the Stark County Jail. She was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    After her clothes were removed, she was locked in a cell. To stay warm, she wrapped herself in toilet paper. She remained in the cell for six hours.

    During that time, she was not allowed to use a phone or seek medical attention for injuries she suffered that night, including a cracked tooth, bulging disc and bruises, the lawsuit says.

    The sheriff denies that.

  • #2
    Originally posted by xraodcop View Post
    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_articl...?storyid=82447

    (VIDEO AT THIS LINK)



    CANTON, Ohio -- 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.

    Stark County Sheriff Timothy Swanson denies the allegation.

    Steffey's attorney says her clothes, including her underwear and bra, were stripped from her body by at least seven male and female sheriff's deputies and jail workers. She lay face down in handcuffs at the time.

    "Hope begged and pleaded with her ... assailants to stop," the lawsuit says. "There was no forcible penetration but Hope felt as if she was being raped."

    The sheriff denies this was a strip search.

    The sheriff's policy requires officers conducting any strip search to be of the same sex.

    Her attorney, David Malik, said Steffey, 41, was never asked to voluntarily remove her clothes.
    In an e-mail, Swanson said Steffey was asked to remove her clothes but refused. He said deputies took them off for her own safety.

    Swanson declined to comment further, saying the details would come out in court.

    Channel 3 News obtained exclusive video of Steffey's night in the Stark County jail cell. You can click the link at the bottom of the page to view it. A warning: it is difficult to watch.

    Steffey declined to be interviewed for this story. But her husband, a high school educator, talked to Channel 3's Tom Meyer.

    Greg Steffey said his wife is still traumatized. But the couple wants the story told to prevent it from happening to someone else.

    "This could be your wife or anyone's wife," Greg Steffey said.

    He said he still can't believe this happened to Hope, a 125-pound woman who, earlier that night, turned to police for help.

    "You don't treat people like this," Greg Steffey said. "I don't think murderers are treated like this much less people charged with disorderly conduct."

    Steffey's ordeal with the Stark County Sheriff's deputies began after her cousin called police for help.

    In a 9-1-1 call, her cousin said Steffey had been assaulted by another cousin.

    When a Stark County deputy arrived, he asked for Steffey's driver's license. She accidentally turned over her dead sister's license, which she said she keeps in her wallet as a memento, the lawsuit says.

    The deputy refused to give the license back and told Steffey to "shut up about your dead sister," according to her attorney.

    The sheriff denied that in a written response to the lawsuit.

    Eventually, Steffey was arrested and taken to the Stark County Jail. She was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    After her clothes were removed, she was locked in a cell. To stay warm, she wrapped herself in toilet paper. She remained in the cell for six hours.

    During that time, she was not allowed to use a phone or seek medical attention for injuries she suffered that night, including a cracked tooth, bulging disc and bruises, the lawsuit says.

    The sheriff denies that.



    HHHMMMmm.... Now I am not a rocket scientist, but it sure seems that some part of the story is missing.

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    • #3
      The tape raises more questions than it answers. The statements from ,media and attorneys (none of whom were present) are simply hearsay. That's sufficient when you're tying to put a spin on the incident.There's far more to this story than we're getting here.

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      • #4
        Regardless of the reason why they stripped her, should the male officers have been present?
        "Of course America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nikk View Post
          Regardless of the reason why they stripped her, should the male officers have been present?
          Under certain circumstances, entirely appropriate. Keep in mind, that NONE of us were there. There's far more to this story that meets the eye.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
            Under certain circumstances, entirely appropriate. Keep in mind, that NONE of us were there. There's far more to this story that meets the eye.
            I always keep that in mind, I don't trust the media as far as I can throw my paper! And you'll never get the complete story. But in my area I don't think the male offers would have been there, based on the video.
            "Of course America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."

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            • #7
              Why is there always especially "more to the story" whenever attention is brought upon an incident where the police might possibly be in the wrong?

              There's always "more" to any story, that goes without saying.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tee.Elle. View Post
                Why is there always especially "more to the story" whenever attention is brought upon an incident where the police might possibly be in the wrong?

                There's always "more" to any story, that goes without saying.

                Because the Police don't just "grab" someone off the street for no reason and them bring them to the jail for a coed, videotaped, gang-stripping. Although wrapping yourself in toilet paper to keep warm is an inovative, though stupid, idea.

                People are not going to tell about their actions that led to the arrest, or their behavior that necessatated several officers having to interact with them in that cell. Telling this would not bode well for their pending criminal case or the "pay day" that they, and their lawyer anticipate from the Sherriff's Dept. down the line...
                Last edited by ChiTownDet; 02-04-2008, 01:16 PM.

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                • #9
                  .................................................. .........
                  Last edited by Tee.Elle.; 08-31-2010, 10:42 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Why was she left naked in the cell? According to the Sherriff, her clothes were removed "For her own safety." How does that work exactly? She was threatening to hang herself with her shirt?

                    Too much missing info throughout the entire article.

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                    • #11
                      if you put yourself in certain situations,
                      and your on the wrog side of the law......
                      of course your going to scream that somehting not right.

                      This women had a meltdown and of course gives her version and expects to be handed some cash.

                      not that strip searching is the way to get it.
                      ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
                      Oscar Wilde

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                      • #12
                        Im no Officer, but I am a Criminal Justics Student. I believe you usually ask a Subject if they have any "Sharpe Objects or anything that will poke you". etc.

                        The news anchor seemed surprise that they asked her. But like everyone said, theres more to the story we are not getting.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stvang01 View Post
                          Im no Officer, but I am a Criminal Justics Student. I believe you usually ask a Subject if they have any "Sharpe Objects or anything that will poke you". etc.
                          Thats officer safety. You usually dont have to do a strip search to find sharp objects. Sounds to me like she just had a meltdown, went berserk, and ended up getting strip searched and all. As mentioned earlier, 99% of that story is simply hearsay. No one outside of those handful of officers and maybe the woman really know what happened.
                          "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

                          Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
                          Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
                          Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

                          R.I.P. Momma Coleman. You may have left our world, but you have NOT left our hearts.

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                          • #14
                            1) she screaming and not complying with instructions.
                            2) if, in the jail I take my prisoners to, you state you are suicidal or display actions that would lead someone to believe you are a danger to yourself, you will be stripped.
                            3) I don't care if you're 125 or 225, if you're trying to fight someone as angry as she apparently is, two people cannot control you w/o causing harm to you.
                            4) there is a possibility the two woman couldn't control her and if no one else is there, who else (other than the men) are suppose to help them.
                            5) one of the people would have probably been a supervisor and another would have been the one filming.

                            NOT a pretty video, but we don't have all the facts. What we do know is that incidents like that are NOT pretty.
                            Last edited by Smurfette_76; 02-04-2008, 02:23 PM.
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                            I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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                            • #15
                              I just love how people with no law enforcement training or experience won't hesitate to come on a law enforcement site and tell longtime officers how the job should be done.
                              Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

                              I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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