Friday, June 13, 2008

Starke County deserves a Hellride for Hope.

When outlaw bikers feel moved to write an open letter to you about your system of justice - something is truly fucked. And not just ordinarily fucked, not merely fucked up in the situationally normal way, but truly FUBARED in the way that only the unholy congress of politics, power, patronage and public indifference to abuse can bring about.

Canton - Everybody gets the government they deserve. You, apparently, deserve a sheriff who gets off on strip-searching fifteen year old girls.

The Big Bend Bikers for Freedom were kind enough to not point it out explicitly, but in context, they are saying that Canton, Ohio would be better served by turning to the local chapter of the Hell's Angels.

Not only am I unkind enough to say it - I fully believe it. The Hell's Angels have far higher standards than the sheriff's department of Canton, Ohio. Even the dimmest wannabe in the least respected outlaw group is smart enough to know what side of the law they are on at any given point in time.

So just a shout-out to the hairiest bad-asses out there. Would YOU ride with this Sheriff's Crew?

BIG BEND BIKERS FOR FREEDOM:
Remember Hope Steffy and Canton Ohio? It gets more absurd: "Remember Hope Steffy and Canton Ohio? It gets more absurd

(the 'duh, I can get a woman if I jail em' sheriff with the 'look how many allegations I got now ma' Attorney General )
And how she was forcibly strip searched by male deputies in Starke County, Ohio. We do because we wrote a letter to the States Attorney about it. See here posted on 2-4-08:
Open Letter To Ohio Govenor, AG, Sheriff on behalf of Hope Steffy
And then we find out Hope Steffy wasn't alone. Starke County law enforcement apparently enjoyed making teen girls strip down for 'trespassing' which we wrote about here posted 2-5-08:
Could it be that there is a lot more going on in Canton Ohio than just Hope Steffy
Well we never heard anything back from our letters. But then what the hell, the only thing we ever get back from Florida Legislators is a generated thank you for writing note, if that.

But I am guessing the reason the Ohio Attorney General never wrote back was because he was busy. Busy doing what you may ask? Lets see,"
You gotta follow the link.

Related Stories:
Sheriff Tim Swanson likes to make sure none of them pretty girls are suicidal.
Hope Steffey; Starke County's Internet Fueled Nightmare.
Hope Steffey: "Rape without Penetration."

7 comments:

rc said...

Ride with the sheriffs crew? If the bastards end up where they belong it might be the Sheriffs crew that gets rode! rc
Big bend bikers for Freedom.

Cool site

Zemo said...

I have looked just a bit more into the 3 teen girls that were charged with “trespass to a public sidewalk”. They were never convicted, they took a plea deal that only said they had to go to school regular, stay out of trouble, and take a ‘tour’ of the juvenile detention facility.

This is when they were strip searched, and given dirty cloths to put back on. They were then told to change back, and if they didn’t do it quick enough they’d have to stay there.

Court Administrator Richard DeHeer (330-451-7415) says that its part of their 'protocol' and that the staff did nothing wrong.

Maybe Richard should read the Bill of Rights, right around the 4th amendment.

The girls & their parents had ALREADY gone through metal detectors & a pat down.

There was NO warrant to search these girls.

There was NO probable cause to search these girls.

The ONLY reason to strip search these girls was to embarrass, degrade, and punish them. (And the papers even published that this was their reason for doing it!)

This is AGAINST THE LAW!

This is what these perverts in Stark County don't get. Their whole stinking system is ILLEGAL!

And they are criminals and should be put in prison themselves.

UPDATE
I called Richard DeHeer and asked if they were still stripping kids on ‘tours’. He told me that there was NO policy to do that, nor had there EVER been a policy like that!
I quoted his response from the paper, but he said the case is still in court and he couldn’t say more. He just repeated that there had never been a policy like that.

UPDATE
The 3 teens settled their lawsuit for $300,000, only subject to a judge’s approval. (Never saw a trial.)


UPDATE

The Stark County sheriff Swanson has investigated this case and turned over their "evidence" to the County prosecutor.

NO CHARGES were filed against anyone, even though they state that there was NO policy on strip searching kids on tour, nor had there EVER been a policy like that.

So they paid out $300,000 of taxpayer money, but no one did anything wrong??!?!?

AMAZING!!

So as far as I know the case has been settled for $300,000, only contingent on a judge agreeing.

Zemo 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

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/Zemo999/?action=view&current=BCI-Report.jpg


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.
And all the rest of the jail videos are posted on YouTube to prove that these accusations are lies too.

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?

John said...

FaceBook Group
Ohioans Enraged by the Hope Steffey Police Brutality

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=81791597489

John said...

Heres a news article that mentions Stark County Jail:

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090511/NEWS16/905110319

In 2007, the last year data was available, the Lucas County Corrections Center housed 26,597 adult inmates and experienced five serious suicide attempts, one inmate escape, 12 inmate-on-inmate assaults, and six inmate-on-staff assaults.

That same year, the numbers were much lower in the Montgomery County jail in Dayton, where 38,750 inmates were housed and there were no suicide attempts or assaults.

Much higher numbers were reported from the Stark County jail in Canton, where 11,761 inmates were housed and where there were 14 serious suicide attempts and 89 inmate-on-inmate assaults.
====
Montgomery County jail handles THREE TIMES the inmates of Stark County, but they have NO incidents.

So you have to believe that Montgomery County jail gets no ‘trouble making’ inmates, or you have the KNOW that Stark County & others have some serious staff problems.

John said...

UPDATE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgmyQvB3XSQ

Ok here’s a video you won't see on the news.

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

But as you can see after they have closed up the cell after assaulting her, they IMMEDIATLY open her cell again, and some of them enter it.
The rest all stand around and seem to have a good laugh, so this will add some more time to the video.

As you can see from the video the big guy 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. BUT only ONE second has passed on the time marks!
WOW, .....MORE "missing" video from Stark County Sheriff's Dept.

John said...

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!!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/Zemo999/Incident-Report-Assault.jpg


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???

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