Chainsaw sends me a lot of funky stuff. So when I first saw the you tube video he sent in the post below I kept asking myself, O.K. wheres the punch line? Then I thought my God. Then I googled it and found the story. And my Blood began to boil.
And if anything it is turning to steam as I type this. I should probably do one of those walk away and chill out things. But there is no chilling out. This is, or at least was, at one time, AMERICA.
Watch the video, read the story. IS THIS "YOUR AMERICA"?????
We have posted numerous times on the abuses of the government. On the suspension of Habeas Corpus, on the suppression of individual rights, on the violations of Freedoms and the perversion of the documents on which this country was founded on and our forefathers risked all, including their lives for. Some of our most serious posts on these issue have had the least hits. It's boring, it's political, what can we do about it, it isn't fun??????
Our ignorance, apathy, indifference and self centered all about me'ism has come home to roost.
Watch that video more than once. Picture your wife, your mother, your daughter being treated that way. Then ask yourselves how would the founders of this "Free" country have addressed such a situation.
I will tell you how. They would have shot those S.O.B.'s where they stood. There would not
have been one standing to survive a lawsuit. Because one of the primary foundations of this country is "Human Dignity". And today we are no more than the savages we condemn, as we follow Bush and Cheny and an Attorney General that has been unable to decide whether or not waterboading is torture insuring those who fight for our freedoms will be tortured if and when captured.
But then what can we expect since we have taken to torturing our own citizens. As the woman said, it felt like rape without penetration. I say it was rape! Rape of the Human soul.
You say not I. I say Yes YOU, Yes ME, Yes ALL of us and God forgive us the lie we propagate when we tell people we love America the country blessed by God himself. BULLSHIT! Because if we loved her and thanked God for her we would would not stand silently by and watch her die a slow and painful death. We would not watch her abused by those entrusted to keep her and her children secure and free. We would show more mercy to a dog or a horse.
Over in the side bar we have a quote that we never take down:
This Starke County Ohio, this is America, this could be your wife, mother, daughter, how long will we tolerate it
CANTON -- 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.Add to Technorati Favorites
The sheriff denies that.