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Innocent Woman Strip Searched

Posted by shadmia on February 14, 2008

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I found this story on Scott.net about an innocent woman, Hope Steffey, who called the police after being involved in a fight and was hurt. She ended up being forcibly strip searched by both male and female police officers and was locked up, naked, in a cell. To stay warm, she wrapped herself in toilet paper. She remained in the cell for six hours.

Asked to describe her experience, Hope replied it was like being raped without penetration. Below is the video (in 2 parts) which documents Hope’s experience at the hands of the Stark County Sheriff’s Dept. The video is graphic (you’ve been warned!!) and really makes you stop and think; this could happen to anyone: It could happen to you, to your mother, to your sister, to your friend or even to your wife.

A civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of Hope Steffey in the Akron office of the Ohio Northern District Court. Judge David D. Dowd Jr. will hear the case.

Named as defendants are Stark County Sheriff Timothy A. Swanson; Stark County commissioners Todd Bosley, Tom Harmon and Jane Vignos; and Stark County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard T. Gurlea Jr. In addition, one to 15 other “John and Jane Does” (deputies, jail employees, staff and other persons) who “acted willfully, wantonly and recklessly and whose names and addresses are undiscoverable at this time” are also defendants.

For more about Hope Steffey’s case click here and here

 

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52 Responses to “Innocent Woman Strip Searched”

  1. Ann said

    Most jail cells have a video camera in them and I’m pretty certain they kept her naked so they could watch her from the comfort of the video monitor at the front desk. ‘To protect and serve’ – yeah, right!

    It has been said that police have more in common with criminals than with the average citizen. The only real difference is that cops are usually not concerned with having to take responsibility for their illegal actions.

    Joel Balducci in Boston is one example.

    • John said

      You are so right Ann. Joel Balducci is a perfect example of a low life cop who is incapable of taking any responsibility for his illegal deeds. He also has a criminal record and that is just the type of cop District Attorney Daniel Conley seeks out to work for him. Balducci would generally be unemployable in the law enforcement field but not in Suffolk County. Giving a bottom of the barrel cop like Joel Balducci a job working for the DA’s office makes him extremely loyal to Conley and that’s why Conley only hires the ones nobody else is interested in.

      Balducci tried running away from his troubles before, but he has come back to Massachusetts, has a wife and five year old kid now, but he’s still a loser. Always will be.

  2. Miranda said

    These police officers are insane! That women will probely never trust a police officer again!!!

  3. afraid of retaliation by law said

    Those perverted sheriffs male and female are a threat to ALL of society , men, women and children, That woman and her family deserve all the millions they can get for this torture and cruelty, and who knows, if it was not for video, she could have been killed just like the other 2 deaths at airports holding rooms. I certainly do not trust lawmen now because of the tasering, and now this horrible, horrible degrading, frightening thing that no human should have to go through, male or female and to have ones self raped so to speak without penetration like they did is totally sadistic and insane.!!!! I guess evil does rule the world after all.

    • wild on bud said

      Im sorry, but all of you people say all this stuff about her and stand by her. BUT…. None of you even know her or her real personallity. I do know her personally! She is a highly medicated person. Illegally and legally. I was there the night she got arrested as well. If I didn’t want to be revealed, I would let you know the true story about what happened that night before she even went to jail.

      • John said

        Wild on Bud you sound like the sheriff’s dept, you want to allude that Steffey was this way or that, but there’s no proof. And in the absence of proof, you won’t even reveal who you are to let everyone know that you even know her.
        And then even if you know her, do you know what happened in THIS particular case? You say you were there, but then fail to post any relevant facts, even personal ones, that would back up that claim.
        For all we know you could be that lying Leann Preston, the one that claimed she was the ‘designated driver’ but never drove the car, and admitted drinking while 6 mos pregnant, and had been arrested the month before on another assault charge.

        On the other hand there is PLENTY of proof in the form of videos, records, & audio tapes that support what Steffey has claimed.

  4. Ed said

    My email to the Sheriff:

    I’m not naive enough to know there isn’t another side to this story.

    For a fact I can probably guess what went down.

    Hope gave the cop a hard time about the license.
    Cop blows his cool and gets pissed.
    Slams her into the squad and then puts her on the ground to cuff her.
    Takes her to the station, goes inside to alert the others he has a trouble maker and wants to ‘set her up’.
    He goes back out to get her and tells her she can go home after some questions.
    They do indeed get her to say something stupid.
    And they get to video her while they forcibly strip her naked ‘for her own safety’.
    Then the males signal the females to leave and they get to do the body cavity search on her.(Looked like it from the video, even blocked.)
    And then they leave her six hours naked in the cell and then book her, again naked. (Which is completely BS again.)
    The crap hit the fan, and now they are trying to use the ‘buddy system’ to try to get away with this.

    This is probably almost exactly what happened.

    I know she probably gave them a hard time, but she was the one knocked unconscious, but still NO AMBULANCE was called?? No medical people? (Besides a nurse at the station?)
    This cop is in the wrong business if this is his reaction.

    And if you are defending this crap, you need to be charged as an accessory. But then there seems to be a lot of perverts in your county system.

    When you see the people involved, tell them from me I am doing everything I can to see that everyone involved does time. I am contacting everyone I can think of including their Attorney General and the United States Attorney General, all my reps, any and all news organizations and any organizations I can find listed in Stark County. And every message board I am on along with a email campaign.

    And also tell them I can hardly wait for the day they slam the cell door on them!!

  5. JoyLeaf said

    Yeah it was not a strip search and we are not at war. Those wankers were no doubt jerking off to their memories of this for days afterward. And no doubt still get a stiffy or wet panties when watching the video. Even if she was not the victim before they arrested her they made sure she was one before they were through.

  6. john454 said

    Oh BTW the deputy Richard T. Gurlea Jr was NOT recommended to be hired. But the sheriff hired him anyway.

    Also the sheriff accuses the news of just showing parts of the video, when the news denies this, he THEN admits that he doesn’t know what video they have.

    So the news asks for ALL video & audio that the sheriff’s dept has.

    http://www.wkyc.com/video/player.aspx?sid=82866&aid=54225

    And as I stated before it STILL has not been turned over to them or to Steffy’s lawyers.

    Link to Steffy’s lawsuit:
    http://pamelahennessy.com/steffey.pdf

    CUT&PASTE:
    21. Gurlea drove to the Sheriff’s office with Hope in the back seat of his cruiser. On arrival at the Sheriff’s office, Gurlea left Hope in his cruiser for about 5 minutes and spoke with another deputy. It is unknown what was said by Gurlea to the other deputy. Gurlea then returned and told Hope to do exactly what the Sheriff’s staff said she should do and that she would then probably be going home that evening.

    Talks to a deputy FIRST, and then goes back to get Steffy!??!?!

    I smell a setup!!

    This just gets to stinking more & more.
    .
    .

  7. john454 said

    Another Update:

    As of May 5th sheriff Swanson has still NOT turned over all the video on the Hope Steffy case!

    And now it looks like a 5th woman is coming forward with her story. She said she fears reprisals for speaking out. (She works in the penal system, so I guess she knows how stuff works in that county.)
    I can see why, it seems that everyone in that county is part of the problem, at least all the ones I have talked to.

    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_articl…?storyid=88666

    And now surprise, the State Attorney General, who is supposed to be investigating this incident, is himself being investigated.

    How would he be able to investigate the Steffy case, when he himself seems to be part of the problem????

    They called for his resignation, but he refused, so now they are going the impeachment route.

    CUT&PASTE:
    Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has refused to step down as Ohio’s Attorney General, despite pleas that he do so or face impeachment.

    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_articl…?storyid=88776

    This whole county needs to be cleaned up from top to bottom!!

  8. Pinky said

    Was she intoxicated? Ill bet you this bitch was way above the limit and she should not have had a deceased drivers license. Sounds like persistent disorderly conduct with some resisting arrest. She got drunk and acted like an asshole and thinks she is above the law … FUCK Her and her husband.

    • wild on bud said

      LOL! for whoever said this, I do believe you actually know Hope as well. She WAS drunk that night along with being highly medicated on various pills. She just did it for the money.

      • John said

        Again Wild with accusations…so what did the breathalyzer read? Oh that’s right, they never did one.

        Hope has NEVER denied she had been drinking that night. The only dispute is how drunk she was, the ONLY ones that testified in court that she was VERY drunk, were the cops & the second cousin that attacked her Leann Preston.

        ALL THE REST of the witnesses said she was not that drunk, if at all. Plus Steffey testified that the cops falsified reports that said she admitted to being drunk.

        As for your claims of she just did it for the money, why did she include a policy change as well as damages in the lawsuit? WHY complicate the lawsuit with that, if its only for the dough? Plus the fact that she was in the process of fighting her conviction before this lawsuit.

        I have to think you either are one of the cops, or Leann….which is it?

        BTW Here’s another factor to consider when looking at Steffey’s actions that night:

        Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

        * Confusion
        * Amnesia
        * Headache
        * Dizziness
        * Ringing in the ears
        * Nausea or vomiting
        * Slurred speech
        * Fatigue

        Some symptoms of concussions are not apparent until hours or days later. They include:

        * Memory or concentration problems
        * Sensitivity to light and noise
        * Sleep disturbances
        * Irritability
        * Depression

  9. Ed said

    Gee there Pinky I see you haven’t looked into this case AT ALL. Sounds like your one of the cops involved.

    Besides this mess Steffy has no record, not even a speeding ticket. So much for your “persistent disorderly conduct” theory.

    Just the stuff we know FOR SURE is enough to get these sadists jail time.

    You don’t leave a victim without adequate medical care.

    You don’t have males on females, let alone EIGHT people (4 men & 4 women) to strip a handcuffed woman.

    You don’t have the females leave and then have the males do a ‘body cavity’ search on her.

    You don’t leave them naked, without at least a paper covering.

    You don’t take them to be booked naked, except for a vest.

    This has nothing to do with them thinking she was suicidal, it was almost CERTAINLY done to humiliate, embarrass, degrade and punish Hope Steffy.

    And then there is all the disputed stuff that we have.

    That she was attacked by the deputy without just cause, and then charged to cover up his abuse.

    That he pulled on her arm to get her ‘to react’ and then made it seem as if she was resisting.

    Deputy and jailers claim that she was physically & verbally abusive, but NO VIDEO shows this.(The video DOES support all of Steffy’s accusations, so far.)

    That the deputy left her in the car, while he talked to someone at the jail. (This alone raises a red flag for me!!)

    That she was told she could go home after questions.

    That she was NEVER asked to remove her cloths.

    That the officers attacked her without warning.

    That her tooth & back were injured in the multiple attacks by police.

    And then we have all the ‘missing’ video for icing on the cake…….

    • wild on bud said

      If this truely is Hope, please shoot me a email. Just would like to talk to you. I was there that night it all happened. I was back there at Arleen’s. That should be proof enough that I was there. Please email me.

      • John said

        LoL WHY does everyone think I am Steffey or related to Steffey?!? Just because I stand up against this kind of crap?

        The cops story doesn’t make any sense. The sheriff & the jail staff’s excuses make NO SENSE.

        Anyone that can stand up & try to defend this has to either be one of the cops (or a LEO or CO) OR they have never tried to talk to any of the people involved in investigating this case.

        Call the sheriff’s office once, (don’t count on EVER talking to Swanson or having him return a call), and ask them a few questions about this case. I guarantee that after you have chatted with that BITCH secretary of Swanson’s, Carrie, and have had her hang up on you for no reason & start yelling & screaming at you, that you will start to see WHY Stark County has so many MORE problems that Montgomery County Jail that has had NO incidents, despite the fact they handle THREE TIMES more inmates.

        So what IS your email address?!?!? I’ll still talk….

  10. pinky said

    Gee there Ed… I see that you have no knowledge of the law AT ALL. If an officer tells an intoxicated person to calm down and the person continues to yell or taunt, it is PERSISTENT DISORDERLY CONDUCT. Which is an arrestible offense. Misdemeanor 4. They advised she was drinking in the first episode.

    Didn’t know you were there ED? You know more about this case than the general public, are you Steffy, ED? If people just shut up, had respect for the police, this would have never happened. Unless you are Steffy and want to share more unreleased info … keep your mouth closed, you obviously don’t know anything about the laws and you sound stupid.

    • wild on bud said

      Now you are just being ignorant. I dont doubt myself that is Steffey as well. I believe that you are either the wife of the cop that arrested her or the cop himself.

      • John said

        Wild I have had the same person stalking me around the net as I post this stuff all over.

        And no again I am NOT Steffey, although I did contact her AFTER THE LAWSUIT WAS SETTLED.

        I didn’t want to contact her before that because I had already volunteered to testify in court for her.

        Ok gotta go for now–

  11. Bo said

    The tape and facts speak for themselves, I don’t need to reiterate what everyone else has said. I do want to respond to Pinky’s comments.

    Pinky, if you’re trying to defend the Sheriff Dept’s actions, then you’re doing a lousy job of it. I didn’t read any reports of Mrs. Steffey being legally under the influence. Are you privy to facts that have not been released? Or do you like to use “suspect consumed an alcoholic beverage” as a justification for excessive force. You come off as the type looking for a reason to violently “go off” on another human. Besides, I thought prohibition was overturned. Do you not imbibe on occasion?

    I know many peace officers who are consummate professionals and skilled at dealing with bad situations. They have a tough job already without having to deal with negative publicity of other officers who don’t know how keep a situation from escalating. Let’s face it some people should not be peace officers and should never have been put in a position of authority. If somehow the officer in question had his personal feelings hurt over a dead woman’s drivers license and couldn’t handle the situation on the scene, then he shouldn’t be on the force.

    It’s situations like this, if swept under the rug, that cause the public to not trust peace officers. In my opinion, it seems the military is doing a better job at prosecuting and eliminating “bad” elements within their ranks (not a good job, but better than most police departments). Why can’t our civilian institutions do a better job policing their own? I understand the need to have a “buddy system” and to look out for each other, but at what cost and to what extent?

    Pinky, you really do show your own level of maturity by name calling and cursing. I hope for the safety of you and the public that you are not a peace officer or want to be one. If I were a peace officer looking for a character witness, I sure wouldn’t want you speaking for me. You come off as an uneducated know-it-all hypocrite that will defend a position that is obviously flawed. (with a couple of writing classes you can also name call without sounding like a whining 3rd grader)

  12. pinky said

    Ed and Bo aka Steffy and husband. Your lack of the law is disgusting. People like you want to start a battle because you had a problem with law enforcement at one time. Did you get a ticket? Did you or a loved one get arrested? Whatever it may be, values morals and religion teach us to respect one another and behave in a safe manner. Stop making excuses for people that make BAD choices / decisions. The USA caters some much to the general public that people don’t understand how to react if they are held accountable for there law breaking conduct. SOME people don’t want to admit guilt and cant take responsibility for there actions. Again…you obviously don’t know anything about the laws and you sound stupid.

  13. Bo said

    Pinky, you’re fun to argue with. You have the ability to make me look very articulate and knowledgeable when I’m of average intellect. You mention my lack of legal knowledge, when my only comment about law refers to drinking and the revocation of prohibition. Even though I have 0% legal training I would say that my comment is 100% accurate. Please look up the 21st amendment to the Constitution. You still haven’t shown me where Mrs. Steffy was legally drunk and charged for being intoxicated.

    I will play your game… you’re probably refering to the charge against Mrs. Steffy of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. I never mentioned those on my original post, but I will comment on it. If I interpret what I’ve read correctly, those charges were most likely trumped up by the officer in question and I would guess that they will eventually be dropped, particularly when and if the tapes of the patrol car’s dashboard camera are released. The only charges that will eventually hold up to and come up to the DA’s office for full prosecution will most likely be illegal search and cruel & unusual punishment (if her lawyer wishes to go that route in the trial against the dept), both of which were perpetrated by those within the sheriff’s dept.

    Where did I mention I had a problem with law enforcement? Did I not mention that many peace officers are friends of mine? I respect almost all people, particularly those I chose to bring into my life. I’ve even dated a peace officer. What I’m saying is that peace officers are human and therefore can carry such baggage as hate, prejudice, greed and the many other negative human traits we all inhibit. Because a peace officer is in a position of power and can abuse this position, they need to be of high moral character. I don’t believe the officer or officers in question meet this high standard and should therefore be weeded out. I don’t believe anyone is above the law, particularly myself. Peace officer and military personnel, as hard a job as they have, are not above the law either. They must, in you own words, “held accountable for their law breaking conduct.” Although, I would advocate leniency depending on the crime, facts and other factors (particularly for soldiers sent to other countries).

    You mention we should all respect one another. Oh the hypocracy! Are you not the one calling others “bitch” and “stupid”? I guess words do not count when it comes to respecting each other. Or do you only repect those that agree with you? I do apologize for coming down to your level and calling you a 3rd grader. Besides, I may have offended many 3rd graders for generalizing you in the same peer group. I’m sure the majority of 3rd graders are not whiny. How old are you BTW? I don’t want to guess because I will be way off.

    The only person making “excuses” would be yourself. Do you not see that defense of police misconduct will only undermine the system as a whole? What would our society degrade to if police misconduct was tolerated? If the enforcers of law did not have to live up to the same standard? You need to understand that even peace officers can make bad choices and decisions. The abuse of power and authority, is one of the most egregious. Ask any officer.

    You need to understand the difference between law and justice. Law consists of words written on a piece of paper, the US Constition is at the top of the list. Those written words are enforced by police and sheriff depts across the nation. It’s easy enough for a peace officer to say “this person was breaking the law” arrest the perpetrator and throw him/her in jail. That’s not the end of the process. If this were the end of the process, there would be much more police misconduct. I’m not saying peace officers are prone to misconduct, but human nature has its frailties and many will take advantage if there are no negative consequences. Those charges must stand up in court… that’s where justice is handed down. Will the officer’s report stand up to the scrutiny? Most of the time, yes. But not in this case. You need to understand the written words of “law” is not the end all be all. Did Mrs. Steffy truly break the law or was the officer in question abusing his position? It seems by all accounts, that Mrs. Steffy will win her day in court. I would take that be in Vegas, odds will be in my favor.

    We have a good system of checks and balances. You need to give it some additional thought.

  14. Tiff said

    Wow Pinky….you amaze me. YOU obviously have no knowledge of the law, professional responsibility, OR human decency. Your criticisms are not intelligent but vulgar, personal, petty, and ignorant. I have a masters in criminal justice from the state of Ohio AND am a current law student working on a prison abuse case in Florida. The tape, like others have pointed out, speaks for itself, even without the missing footage. Another interesting fact is that the Cuyahoga County Sheriff also announced his disgust and disapproval of the officers conduct. I find it highly suspect that THIS is the tape the department chose to release….if this is the best they can show I would really hate to see the contents of the footage they are refusing to release.

  15. Pinky said

    Wow tiff, you don’t amaze me. They must be just giving out Master degrees now! The tape is hype, and you fell for it just like the intelligent ones … Bo .. Ed .. Steffy. You all must not have anything better to do than criticize law enforcement when the real problem is HOW she got herself in this situation and her behavior. The case is way more than a sad video tape shown to the public.

    BTW, Bo or whoever, you don’t sound intelligent you sound like you want to try and sound intelligent.

    I’m done with you people (or person) you just dont understand it.

  16. Bo said

    hmmm… I know my writing is not the best, but your comprehension is killing me. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding here, so let me repeat a couple of my basic points.

    I am of average intelligence and have never tried to pass myself off as an intellectual. I’m not trying to “sound intelligent”. Just trying to help you understand my reasoning (and doing it poorly).

    I am not critical of law enforcement. In fact, I have great repect for peace officers, the work they perform, and how hard their job is. Although, there are individuals within law enforcement that do not belong in uniform. I truly believe the officer in question is one of them.

    I agree with you, the case is much more than the one piece of video released. Since the sheriff’s dept won’t release the other tapes, this should be a clue to their culpability. If the other tapes actually exonerated them, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    The only thing I am critical of is your position in this case. Not you as a person, but how you view this whole case. I don’t understand your point of view. How is it that a person calling for help and carrying another’s license, be assaulted by a peace officer, strip searched and left naked by her jailers, be justified to you? Do you not see this as abuse under color of authority and excessive force.

    This all came about because the victim was carrying a dead sister’s license as a keepsake. Is carrying someone else’s license “breaking the law”? Technically yes, especially if you’re trying to pass it as your own (which is not the case here). Is driving 40 mph in a 35 zone illegal? Yes, but should you be thrown against the police cruiser, pinned to the ground, sustain injuries, strip searched, kept naked for 6 hours in the cold, for such a small infraction?

    You seem to be stuck on the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law (I would like to believe that laws are designed to uphold and preserve our humanity, not be used against us). If that’s the case, why is it you don’t think a bad officer can’t be subject to the same laws? Are you opposed to having Officer Gurlea (and the jailers involved) be held accountable for his actions the same as the Mrs. Steffy? You don’t think laws are meant to be one-sided and not applicable to those who enforce them, do you? I believe if any laws were broken in this case, then there should be penalties… for all involved, and the punishment should fit the crime. Don’t you?

    The whole situation could have been easily avoided. A reasonable officer would have understood that the license had deep emotional value. He could have diffused the situation quickly and easily, by saying “I’ll give it back to you, but I need you to calm down”. It had no bearing or cause in the original altercation. Instead, Officer Gurlea used it as a power object, to give himself an advantage in the situation. Instead of being an unbiased mediator, he involved himself and escalated an already emotional situation. I would go as far to say… he had an ulterior motive by keeping the license. It seems the facility had previous strip searches that were highly dubious.

    What are your thoughts? Help me understand them. Let’s have a conversation, not a confrontation.

  17. Tom said

    Bad News

    UPDATE: 3:44 PM, Wednesday, June 18, 2008
    CANTON A Stark County grand jury has found no probable cause that county sheriff’s deputies committed any criminal acts while arresting Hope Steffey in 2006. The grand jury completed its investigation today and declined to hand down any indictments, according to a news release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

  18. shadmia said

    Tom, What you said is true. State charges have been dropped in the Hope Steffey case. However she still plans to go through with the federal lawsuit, set to start in December. I have a new post about this at: http://shadmia.com/2008/06/20/state-charges-dropped-in-hope-steffey-case/

    Everyone, please check it out and let me hear from you. Personally I think it is a travesty of justice that these deputies were not held accountable for their actions at the state level. There should be no tolerance for the kind of abuse that Hope Steffey suffered at their hands. Hopefully there will be a different outcome in the federal lawsuit.

    Shaun Dawson

    • John said

      Just as I have said all along this case never went to a trial, but it has been settled with the county. But Steffey is still suing the jail contractors.

      These suits will also NEVER get to a trial, they will be settled out of court. There is no way an insurance company would let a jury decide damages, once they find out what was REALLY going on that night.

  19. Pinky's Brain said

    Word on the street is that Pinky likes little boys and is a closet cop. Not slandering Pink, just calling a spade a spade — that anger and contempt you display certainly is rooted in some internal upheaval.

    No matter what, and I stress no matter what, there is NEVER EVER justifiable cause to take a woman that is handcuffed and being held down by multiple people of the opposite sex (read: physically immobilized) and forcibly remove her clothing. It serves no purpose and it is excessive and it is one of the more blatant scenes of police abusing their authority I have ever heard.

    I’m certain nothing will come of this though. I mean we’re talking about a country where rape is barely consider a crime (and definitely not “when the girl had it coming”). We celebrate and empower people who use their interpretation of religious texts to instill fear and compliance in majority of this country’s citizens. And we especially celebrate the use of belligerent force – whether it be overseas against brown people who don’t believe in the right God or whether it be within a good ol boy type of bumpkin factory like the Stark County Sheriff. Oh, we got megalomaniac, sociapathic cops in the big city too…it’s just that we all hope someday to escape it to the suburbs where there were supposed to be decent, law abiding folks.

  20. shadmia said

    Pinky’s Brain, I usually don’t interfere with what people want to post here. But I have to ask you not to slander anyone. Your comment about Pinky I consider to be out of line. However I am going to let it stand this time because I think the rest of your comments deserve to be read. Please in the future stick to the subject.

    Shaun Dawson

  21. Charlotte said

    When I watched the videos on youtube, it scared me and angered me so much that it made me cry and not want to talk to anyone.

    If just watching it being done to someone I don’t even know made me feel like that, then I can’t imagine how Hope Steffey herself must have felt. I’ve been trying to find out what happened to her and the officers who did it in the end to find out if some real justice has been served, because it was definitely out of order.

    And Pinky… I have trouble understanding where on earth you’re coming from too. I’ll even go as far as saying that I hope you’re just some bored person trying to provoke some kind of reaction by saying something outrageous, and that you don’t really believe what you’re saying… because if you’re being serious then… well, I don’t know what the world is coming to 0.o

  22. repulsed by pinky said

    Pinky, It is plain to see that you are absorbing plenty of fluid, must not be alcohol though cause you are a TOTAL, DISGUSTING, BLOOMING, IDIOT . If you support illegal actions so much, do not be surprised when it happens to you, your loved ones or grandchildren, cause that is the world you are fighting to have. IDIOT

  23. Ed said

    I’m not Steffy, but YOU sure sound like one of the cops. Steffy did have an outburst and EVERYONE, including the arresting officer, testified that she then calmed down after he warned her. The disputed part of this is AFTER this, witnesses and Steffy state that the officer then continues to “push Steffy’s buttons about her dead sister”.

    Ok first I have to assume that the official policy of the sheriff’s dept is that the deputies ONLY have to turn on their video cameras whenever they ’feel like it’.
    The arresting deputy had a body mic & video control on him and could have started taping ANYTIME he wanted.

    He testified twice that he was ’out in the middle of nowhere’. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    Then he testified that there were several people standing in the driveway. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    Next he alleged that Steffy was loud & disorderly. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    Then he says that she ’poked’ him. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    After that he says he decided to make an arrest. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    Then he testifies that after he has her on the ground that he is ‘worried about what the people might do to him’, because maybe ’they didn’t like the way I was doing things’.(Witnesses say he body slammed her on the car & ground.) So he calls for backup. But he doesn’t turn the video recorder on.

    After he’s taken the VICTIM and assaulted her and put her in the back seat of his cruiser and she’s mad and cussing him, THEN he turns on the recorder!
    And then he wants us to believe that THIS is the way she was the WHOLE time.
    Is this the way taxpayer equipment is supposed to be used?

    Then in trial transcripts the arresting deputy and the backup deputy had exactly the same testimony of Hope Steffy.
    They both said she was staggering, slurring her words and smelled of alcohol.(Even though other PROSECUTION witnesses testified she was speaking “crystal clear”.)
    The backup deputy then continued his testimony by saying that he didn’t get there until Hope was being put in the back of the squad car.
    How do you deduce that someone is drunk, staggering and slurring her words from seeing someone in the back seat!?!?

    Ok, then we have the video of Steffy being stripped, she asks the staff ’what they are doing’. Do you hear her ’slur ’ her words?

    And once you allege that someone is highly intoxicated, doesn’t it seem necessary to do a breathalyzer? But none was done here.

    Next we have the arresting deputy testifying in court that he had to escalate the amount of force to arrest Steffy. He testifies that you start out not touching anyone and escalate the force necessary, that is why he testified that he ’pushed her against the trunk of his cruiser’.
    How do you break someone’s tooth by a push?

    He then testifies that he had to grab her by her right arm and swung her to the ground to get the cuffs on.
    How do you have someone bleeding from their nose and give them a bulged disk in their back by swinging them down to the ground?

    He says that he used all this force, because she was “resisting arrest”.
    Later in the trial he admits that Steffy slipped a hand out of her cuffs, but she TELLS him about it and never tries to escape! (Or resist without her arm being in a arm bar.)

    This deputy dishes out serving after serving of BS and the grand jury doesn’t see anything wrong!??!?!
    The other prosecution witnesses say this is NOT how things happened, but now we have no video evidence.
    I have heard of officers that have been fired over not turning on their cameras, but it warrants no charges in this case?

    And then we get to the jail staff. By LAW, men can’t be present during a strip search, body cavity search, or even by policy, supposed to be where they can SEE women in the showers. But Swanson’s “policy” ‘SAYS’ its ‘ok’ for men to not only VIEW a forced stripping naked of a woman in a ‘suicide prevention’, they are allowed to PARTICIPATE and help remove her cloths!!!

    This policy isn’t aligned with existing laws, it isn’t logical, it isn’t reasonable and it certainly isn’t moral.
    So how does the grand jury buy into this fairytale?? They see NO criminal acts by these people, even as other experts across the country say otherwise?

    After she’s forcibly stripped naked, the women leave and the MEN stay.
    The men manipulate her legs and body around with a deputies head level with her butt.
    Authorities say THIS is not a search, but they haven’t said what it IS.
    From the tape it sure LOOKS like a search, no matter WHAT they claim!

    But WHATEVER it is, it is done REPEATDLY to Steffy, and the grand jury buys into their explanation!?!??! (Whatever it is.)

    And for the final piece of evidence of what was REALLY going on that night we have the jail staff alleging that Steffy was TOO suicidal to be given ANY covering of any kind, so she was left naked for hours in the cell.
    She was TOO suicidal for a suicide suit DESIGNED for the purpose?
    She was TOO suicidal for a paper covering?

    I didn’t see that in the video when they finally stopped assaulting her, all I saw was a traumatized woman who was humiliated, embarrassed and scared to death.
    But the grand jury bought into this too!?!?!? Are you kidding me??
    (Just ask ANY of the state officials HOW someone can be TOO suicidal for a paper covering, they have NO answer!) Because there IS NONE!! Its inexcusable!

    But the grand jury can find NO criminal actions by the police????

  24. Ed said

    Just look at the way this thing plays out and is handled.

    The original investigation goes from being a domestic dispute, to an argument between the deputy and Steffy, about her dead sister’s license, after he testified in court that he felt that she “disrespected” him.
    The deputy can argue that only ‘reasonable force’ was used when he threw her on the hood and broke her tooth. Was it reasonable? He testified that he only pushed her against the car. So how do you break someone’s tooth, and bulge a disk in their back, by just a shove against a car? All the witnesses said he lifted her in an armbar and slammed her on the car. Reasonable Force? I don’t think so, I think he realized this and why he then changed this to a charge against Steffy, to cover himself. Too bad the video camera wasn’t on, even though the officer has a remote body mic & remote control for the video recorder, which he could have turned on at ANYTIME!
    This point isn’t reasonable, but I guess could be viewed as arguable.

    We have Steffy declared suicidal. A experienced psychiatrist can NOT tell when someone is suicidal, but their doctor claims to do it, in seconds, with a few questions? And sometimes over the phone?? When’s the last time a doctor would diagnose and prescribe for you over the phone??
    Another arguable point.

    We have disputes about if she was asked to remove her clothes. I haven’t seen any video of them asking. (And now we are told the camera was “not working”, after a hall video CLEARLY shows the LED screen on.)
    Very doubtful, but maybe arguable.

    Then we have Steffy, allegedly, attacked by cops at the station after the question of being suicidal, which she NEVER answers! Instead, she asks a question.
    Again arguable, with no video.

    The sheriff and a lawyer say a handcuffed Steffey was drunk, out of control, and physically and verbally abusive.
    I have seen NO breathalyzer report to support this.(Because none was done!) I have seen NO video to support this, but on the other hand what video I HAVE seen supports Steffys version. Really though, verbally abusive, I can believe, I would have been too. But a 135lb handcuffed woman PHYSICALLY abusive???
    So this isn’t arguable, unless they come up with more video. (Seems hardly likely!!)

    This is where the cop’s version of things starts to unravel.

    And then we have men helping to forcibly strip a handcuffed woman.
    By LAW, they can’t be present during a strip search, body cavity search, or even supposed to be where they can SEE women in the showers, but Swanson’s “policy” ‘SAYS’ its ‘ok’ for men to not only VIEW a forced stripping naked of a woman in a ‘suicide prevention’, they are allowed to PARTICIPATE and help remove her cloths!!!

    HUH?!?!? All these laws to keep men away, but Swanson wants us to believe that THIS “policy” he dreamed up is “OK”, because he SAYS so!?!?? Does this sound logical and reasonable? (Or moral?) (Has Sheriff Swanson had a mental evaluation lately?)

    Also Swanson can argue that it is allowed, but WHY was it done by men when there were enough women there?

    Also why not a restraint chair?(With Steffy having a broken tooth, a bulged disk in her back, ears ripped open, bruises & abrasions and being traumatized for life, please don’t try saying a restraint chair is more dangerous.)

    Why THIS controversial way to handle it? Even correctional mental health officials say this is highly controversial method.

    Why do the 3 men STAY in the cell after she is stripped naked and the women have left?

    Why are they moving her around on the bunk and manipulating her legs in different positions?

    Why is it done repeatedly?

    So what is their explanation or excuse for all of this?

    This is the point where all the logic, reasonableness, and the plausibility of the sheriff and deputy’s story is REALLY falling apart.

    Then the killer blow to their excuses, that they were not abusing Steffy, they were “just doing their job”, to “save her life” is what happens next.

    THEY LEAVE HER NAKED!

    Their excuse?

    “She was TOO suicidal for a suicide suit.”
    Huh? TOO suicidal for a garment DESIGNED for this situation??!?!

    TOO suicidal for even a paper covering??

    I never saw this in the video, all I saw was a traumatized woman who was humiliated, embarrassed and scared to death.

    THIS is where the lies catch up to them.

    THIS is where all the speculation of what was REALLY happening turns.

    THIS is where we find out what was REALLY going on, and whose version of events to believe.

    THIS is NOT an arguable point; THIS is NOT up for speculation.

    THIS was done to punish, humiliate, and degrade Hope Steffy under the “color of law”.

    ============================================
    I applaud the courage of Hope Steffy and the others that have come forward with their own stories of abuse at the hands of Stark County police.

    I don’t know many people that would want video like that all over the news & net, so that this abuse can be stopped, before it happens to others.

    I just hope people don’t waste the sacrifice these people have made for us.

  25. John454 said

    Also the sheriff is always quick to point out that they have “passed” state regulations. Making people think that the state somehow ‘authorized’ this treatment of prisoners.
    Nothing could be further from the truth!!
    This is the link the sheriff has on his webpage:

    http://www.sheriff.co.stark.oh.us/mr080117.htm

    http://www.drc.state.oh.us/web/TwelveHourStandards2003-01.pdf

    He references page 24.
    Show me where it says people held for an ALLEGED crime, or are SUSPECTED of being suicidal, are to be stripped naked.

    It only states that a ‘policy’ has to be in place. This is what the state does, look that a policy is in place, NOT what that policy is.

    The sheriff & county prosecutor thought this up themselves.

    But please, don’t believe me, just call the state, ask for yourself.

    Bureau of Adult Detention
    614-752-1062 Butch Hunyadi

    I have done a LOT more than just watch videos on this case.

  26. Ed said

    Well I called the sheriff’s office AGAIN to ask if they were still using the “Critical Response Team” to strip people.

    AGAIN the sheriff was not available, just the sheriff’s secretary. (He has NEVER been available when I have called more than a half dozen times. Nor has he returned a call after I have left my name & number, at LEAST 3 times, with assurances that he would get a hold of me!!)

    Right away the sheriff’s secretary said that it wasn’t a ‘strip search’.

    I replied that I never said anything about a strip search, I said stripping people.

    She came back with that they were following ‘policy’.

    I said I’m not asking what your policy is, I’m asking if you are still having a “Critical Response Team” made up of men & women stripping people.

    She quickly said that they were following ‘policy’ again, and then she hung up on me!

    This wasn’t the first time it happened, but it still ticked me off.

    So I called back and told her not to be hanging up on me, that I wasn’t done with my questions. And that I also wanted to know what their ‘policy’ is on when a deputy has to turn on his camera.

    She said she’d transfer me to human resources.

    Yeah these people act like they have nothing to hide. But PLEASE call yourself, ask some questions. Don’t mention Steffy’s name until they ask why your so curious, then after you mention that name watch the change in them.

    Sheriff Tim Swanson
    Stark County Sheriff’s Office
    4500 Atlantic BLVD NE
    Canton, Ohio 44705-4374
    (330)/430-3800
    strkshrf@raex.com

    Call the people that are in charge of declaring people suicidal, the Correctional Healthcare Group. Talk to Jonathan Stump, ask how they can determine when someone is suicidal, in seconds, with a couple questions, when even an experienced psychiatrist can NOT tell when someone is suicidal, even with extended sessions. And they sometimes even do it over the phone!!! Ask if that is at least a case of malpractice, and maybe criminal practices.
    Just don’t mention the Steffy name here, or the door will be slammed shut on you FAST! (Another group with nothing to hide!)

    Correctional Healthcare Group Extension # 3824 Ask for
    Jonathan Stump
    The Correctional Health Care Group, Inc.
    Chief Executive Officer
    330-454-6766
    chcg@neo.1run.com

    Come back Pinky, these people need someone to defend them! Grrrrrrrrrrrr

  27. Ed said

    QUOTEpinky Says:
    June 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Gee there Ed… I see that you have no knowledge of the law AT ALL. If an officer tells an intoxicated person to calm down and the person continues to yell or taunt, it is PERSISTENT DISORDERLY CONDUCT. Which is an arrestible offense. Misdemeanor 4. They advised she was drinking in the first episode.

    Didn’t know you were there ED? You know more about this case than the general public, are you Steffy, ED? If people just shut up, had respect for the police, this would have never happened. Unless you are Steffy and want to share more unreleased info … keep your mouth closed, you obviously don’t know anything about the laws and you sound stupid.”

    In the trial there was testimony that Steffy had been drinking, she even admitted that she had 5 beers over the course of the afternoon and evening. It was her level of intoxication that was in question. No one, not even other prosecution witnesses, said she was drunk, except for the 2 deputies.

    And as for the “PERSISTENT DISORDERLY CONDUCT” charge, as I said before even the ARRESTING DEPUTY testified in court that Steffy calmed down after he warned her. It was after this that is disputed. Witnesses testified that the cop “pushed Steffy’s buttons about her dead sister”. Why do that if your trying to calm someone down?? (Gee do you think that is why this deputy FAILED the psychiatric part of his test and was NOT recommended to be hired?) But our veteran cop of 7 years STILL failed to turn on his camera to produce EVIDENCE.

    The prosecutor pounded into the jury that this was a veteran officer with 7 years experience. So why wouldn’t a cop with that much experience TURN ON HIS CAMERAS!??!?! He KNOWS there will be a trial and he’ll need evidence.
    Of course he also knows that if he abuses people, he needs to have the camera off, so he doesn’t end up in prison.
    Then all he has to do is come up with some BS charge, like “DISORDERLY CONDUCT” and “RESISTING ARREST”, to cover on why he attacked Steffy after witnesses testified that he “flew into a rage”.

    Plus the fact of all the other women coming forward. Right, 5 women and 3 teens and their parents are wrong, and the cops are right.

    And you think >I< sound stupid!?!??! Try listening to yourself once!

  28. Ed said

    Oh just for the curious, heres a picture of where the Hope Steffy incident happened.

    The arresting deputy also testified that a reason he arrested her was that he was afraid that her disturbance would “generate more calls to the sheriff’s dept.”

    Then in later testimony he TWICE testified that he was “out in the middle of nowhere” and that there could have been no other witnesses to what was going on, because they lived too far away.

    Just another one of many discrepancies of the cops testimony.

    But with the photo, you can judge.

  29. Ed said

    Hmm Photo Bucket link is messed up….try this one:

  30. empathypinky said

    i think you need to understand that pinky doesnt see why she should get all worked up because of an unecessary cavity search with 4 men and 4 women holding her. cant anyone else see that thats no reason to panic and that she was just overreacting?
    thats it pinky. im with you all the way up the cavity! 🙂

    (even if she was guilty of something, the proceedings were all wrong and abusive)

  31. John said

    Well there has been more about this case….

    In this one the sheriff again tries to defend his deputies, I guess he HAS to since they were carrying out HIS policies.
    http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=100466

    This article tries to give the impression of being impartial, but as you can see from the comments section, its not.
    http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=433316

    They also have a link to the full video.

    I agree there was NO WAY males should have been in there at all.
    But here’s all the Officials at Stark County & the State saying they could see nothing wrong with this video. And we have people on here I guess also saying they see nothing wrong with what the cops did.

    BUT just so we’re all on the same page, what they & the officials are saying is that not only is it ok for 8 people, men & women to be present, the men are also allowed to remove a woman’s cloths.

    And if a woman ‘reacts’ to being stripped by men & women, with spectators also standing there, while being videoed, the men are not ONLY allowed to RESTRAIN her, they are also allowed to pull her arms in submission holds, while yelling for her to “STOP IT”.

    And then AFTER she is already stripped naked, its STILL ok to put her in an arm bar submission hold, if she starts screaming.

    ===== Yeah, just having a couple men twice her size and a couple women JUST restraining her, in cuffs, isn’t enough, if she doesn’t cooperate, they can also TORTURE her into SUBMISSION. =====

    THIS is what ALL the cop supporters are good with…RIGHT? Because Swanson and the “investigators” are OK with it.

    BTW Steffy also testified in court that she went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion:The injured person may become DISORIENTED & CONFUSED and may briefly lose consciousness. GEE, if she had already had some beers & her medication, would she seem to be even more intoxicated than she actually was?!?!?

  32. james said

    The cops were wrong and will prob get away with it. they are cops!!! To bad the law doesn’t seem to apply to them also. I don’t know if she’ll win, but Canton will lose if she does. Who would go on vacation where they will be assaulted by the cops. Expectantly sexual abuse is traumatizing. To bad for Canton.

  33. John said

    James I think your right the cops should be held accountable.

    But I can tell you she WILL win. But not by this going to trial, it will be settled just like the three teens that were stripped on a jail “tour”, quietly and with a large sum of taxpayer cash.

    This case will NEVER go to trial, I guarantee it.

    The cops, BCI, and the Atty General, can NOT afford to let this go to trial. If they did then all the unanswered questions would have to be answered, all the evidence would be closely examined, and testimony would be gone over, and the grand jury investigation would be shown up for the scam it was.

    The grand jury investigators were told that the sheriff’s dept was withholding information, but they seemed neither surprised or concerned. The ‘missing’ video would have to be accounted for. The camera operator has no idea why the camera didn’t record the whole thing. But it starts working JUST as they force Steffey down to the bunk to strip her?!?!? Had this camera ever done this before or since?? But then a call to the sheriff’s dept in May asking if the ‘missing’ video would ever be released gets the reply that it will probably be released to Steffey’s lawyers in discovery…Gee, I guess not everyone knew that the video’s existence would be denied later…OOPS!

    A MONTHS long investigation fails to find the person that said Steffey refused to remove her cloths. This would be gone over in a trial.
    The grand jury investigation finds that the arresting officer only turned on his camera after people yelled to get their own camera, because he was “beating her”. (This never came up at her first trial, if it had she might not have been found guilty.)

    EVERYONE has to KNOW this was all a BS arrest and ‘suicide prevention’.

    Theres just TOO many conflicting versions, TOO much evidence “missing”, a MONTHS long “investigation” that leaves too many questions, and too many illogical explanations for everything that was done.

    The REALLY sad part of this whole mess is that Sheriff Swanson was re-elected in November! What a tragedy!!

  34. asker said

    Did she got some money for this? I dont find news

    • John454 said

      The date has been set back a few times, its now set for July, but don’t worry this will NEVER go to a trial. The cops could never afford to have to answer all the questions.

      UPDATE:

      Ok heres a video you won’t see on the news.

      Heres the cops taking Steffey to the cell to strip her naked. This shows what was going on outside in the hallway.

      The quality of the video is pretty bad. It will seem to ‘skip’ frames for quite a while in some places, but then take a bunch in a row at other times. Why it does this, I don’t know.
      All the cameras at the sheriff’s dept seem to be in bad shape and “malfunction” right at critical moments.

      I had to cut this video in half, it was 20 minutes long, from the time they took her in to the time they left the hall in front of her cell. So I cut off the front of it when they took her in.
      Heres a link to the whole thing that should be good for a while:
      http://rapidshare.com/files/232400098/Production_Done.wmv

      WHY does it take 20 minutes outside the hall to show a “suicide prevention” that only took 4 min?

      The building camera, seems to skip a lot of frames, so you’d think it would be a shorter video.

      But as you can see after they have closed up the cell after assaulting her, they all stand around and have a good laugh, so this will add some more time to the video.

      As you can see from the video the big dufass in the white shirt, he stays at the door to the cell looking in all the time Steffey was being assaulted, and then he stays back around her cell afterwards, looking in….GEE, I wonder WHY?
      Then afterwards he’s joined by another officer who didn’t get a chance to help strip Steffey and he starts walking down to have a look too.

      WHY DON’T THEY JUST SELL TICKETS?!?!?!?

      BUT THEN the camera seems to malfunction, and the next thing you see is a empty hall.
      WOW, …..MORE “missing” video from Stark County Sheriff’s Dept.

  35. John454 said

    This is the BCI report that Agent Christy S. Palmer sent to John D. Ferrero, Prosecuting Attorney Stark County Ohio.
    Dated April 16, 2008 BCI Case #: SI-76-08-14-0147

    This is part of page 3

    Sheriff Swanson has ALWAYS maintained that Steffey was ASKED & REFUSED to remove her cloths.
    But here’s the BCI’s OWN REPORT that PROVES this is a LIE!
    And then they try to explain away their first lie with another lie, about why it was done this way without asking Steffey to do it voluntarily.

    They are trying to say that Steffey was resisting enough that EIGHT people (5 women, 3 men) couldn’t take the chance of ASKING her to remove her cloths, or EVEN TELL HER WHAT WAS GOING ON!!!
    What a crock!!

    I did NOT see any resisting in the video, I saw eight cops parading her to the cell, with her in cuffs.

    In fact EVERY video I have seen she is in cuffs!
    And the ONLY times I have seen her react to the cops is after they have assaulted her or in the process of stripping her naked.

    But apparently catching the sheriff’s dept in a lie isn’t a big deal to our “independent” BCI investigator, Christy Palmer, who seems ready to accept ANY excuse the sheriff’s dept wants to use.

    The report also goes on to say that they lowered Steffey in a slow controlled manner to the floor. Except that Steffey says she was thrown to the floor.
    She also told her husband in a phone call that she thought the cops had broken her nose.
    And she was treated by the nurse for the injury.
    And in page 4 of this report Christy Palmer even states that Steffey reported that her nose was making “crunching noises”.

    So I guess this is proof of a second LIE! (Or third)

    And still Christy Palmer, the “independent investigator” doesn’t think twice about accepting the word of the cops over the VICTIMS in spite of proof.
    BTW, Christy also references a video that she says “proves that she was lowered in a slow controlled manner to the floor”. As far as I know, THIS would have to be on the ‘non-existent’ beginning of the strip video.
    On May 5th when I asked about the “missing” video, I was told it would soon be released.
    Now here again it looks as though it’s referenced…even though they NOW claim it does not exist.
    Interesting. (I have filed a request for this video.)

    Its no wonder the grand jury found that the cop’s actions didn’t rise to the level of “criminal culpability”. How could they with the BCI investigator spellchecking the sheriff’s own reports and passing them on as FACT.

    This isn’t so much an investigation report as it is a smear campaign against Hope Steffey.

    The cops can polish this turd as much as want, this STILL STINKS!

    BTW I don’t know why they bothered to black out the names of Nurse Coren Lennon and the jail psychologist Thomas Anuszkiewicz, aren’t they PROUD of the work they do?

  36. Forrest said

    I have watched both embeded videos and this is absolutely unbelievable. Every person in the Stark County Sheriff’s department that was involved in this should be fired and prosecuted to the full extent of he law. They should be found guilty and serve the maximum sentence under the law. What a sad testimony for law inforcement.

    • John said

      Forrest I have been looking into this for over a year. These videos are not half of what I have found. The amount of corruption in Stark County is truly incredible. Heres another Cut & Paste to show you what I mean:

      I was always puzzled by the news saying that there was “confusion” when the cops arrived.

      I’m thinking what “confusion”?? They have everyone there saying that Steffey was the victim, even the cousin is saying it on video. Plus the brother of the attacker calls the cops on his own sister.

      Heck even the cop testifies that he went to his car to document Steffey’s injuries…and the cops are on tape talking about Steffey’s niece getting arrested the month before for another domestic battery charge.
      Plus Gurlea has everyone looking for Steffey’s missing hair, and Gurlea is on tape talking to Steffey as if he knows she is the victim, telling her that he will still investigate her assault even though he is arresting her.
      So WHY are the papers saying there was “confusion”!?!?
      It didn’t make any sense.

      Then Richard T. Gurlea Jr testified under oath that the investigation was never finished, because Steffey was ‘unable to contribute to the investigation’.
      HUH?? You mean ANY victim that is knocked unconscious or killed will never have their case solved!?!?!
      Because Steffey had gone back to the sheriff’s dept 4 days later to file abuse complaints & the assault. So are they trying to say she was STILL unable to “contribute to the investigation’”??
      This makes no sense at all!

      Then the cops got only TWO written witness statements, despite the fact that there were several people there.
      Again it doesn’t make any sense.

      Then I found the last piece of the puzzle that would make sense of all this…the cops tried to FRAME Steffey for the assault that she had reported!!

      Here’s PROOF the cops were actually trying to charge the VICTIM for the crime she was reporting!!

      NONE of the papers have EVER reported that Steffey was actually arrested for assault too. But this incident report clearly shows the cops were trying their best to get her charged with the assault too.

      It’s all an attempt to cover the cop’s abuse of Steffey, when witnesses said he exploded in a rage at her.
      They even went so far as to take ONLY TWO written witness statements, and they were from Steffey’s attacker & her brother…(who she no doubt threatened into it, since she didn’t know at that time he was the one to call the cops)…and she DID threaten the aunt that she thought had called them.

      The arresting cop, Richard T. Gurlea Jr., testified at Steffey’s trial that the ‘investigation’ into the assault was never finished.

      REALLY?!!? Then how do you explain the assault charges against Steffey in the incident report they filled out???

  37. raj sethi said

    anyone has the unblurred edition? franctically lukin for it

    • shadmia said

      And you wonder where kids get some crazy ideas

    • John said

      Hopefully all the video is now destroyed now that the lawsuit is over.

      But if you want to be scum like these cops maybe you could join the sheriff’s dept.

      I have been wondering WHY all these other agencies have covered for the sheriff’s dept. Why did they overlook all the evidence of abuse?

      The BCI investigation’s evidence includes Sheriff Swanson ENCOURAGING officers to use their videos for “training purposes”.

      I called the sheriff’s office and asked if videos like the Hope Steffey video had been used for “training” . I said you can’t use them right…with the privacy laws!??!

      They said that they DO use them for training, but that they ‘didn’t think’ Steffey’s video had been used.

      “REALLY?”, I said, so then send me a copy of the signout sheet.

      They said they would not release a copy, then after I kept asking they claimed that there was no signout sheet.

      Right, first they won’t release them, then they don’t exist….just like a lot of video that came up “missing” in this case. I have to wonder how many agencies that looked into the abuses get copies of these tapes?? What other incentive would they have to keep the abuses quiet?

      GEE, do ya think that MAYBE this would be a violation of Hope’s privacy?? If the sheriff wants “training videos” let them buy them from a school, not pass around private videos that are supposed to be used only in defense of a lawsuit.

      And yet these same deputes sued, saying that THEIR privacy was violated!!!
      Makes me wonder just how sick these people are. (And you)

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