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Judge Sends Cincinnati Police Detective to Prison for False Arrest – Widespread Problem In Law Enforcement

juliane Steele cincinatti police sentanced false arrest

A judge sentenced a Cincinnati police detective to five years in prison Wednesday for abduction and intimidation in the arrest and detention of a teenager.

Julian Steele, who has since been fired from the police force, was only repeating what he saw others on the force do during his 14-year career, Steele’s attorney said before the sentence was imposed.

“No doubt about it. There was a mistake made here,” Steele’s attorney Lindsey Gutierrez told Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick. “He saw other cops do it.”

Steele, 48, of Springfield Township, falsely arrested a teen in May 2009, interrogated him, held him against his will, got a false confession from him – all so Steele could get close to the teen’s mother for sex, according to court records.

Steele insisted he had evidence – “probable cause” in legal language – to arrest the teen because he’d seen the teen’s mother’s car in the area of several street robberies in Northside. Later, though, Steele admitted to suspicious prosecutors he knew the teen committed no crimes when he arrested him.

“I’ve talked to several police officers about this case and generally they laugh at the thought that that’s probable cause,” said Daniel “Woody” Breyer, the Clermont County special prosecutor assigned to handle Steele’s case

Breyer was brought in because it was Hamilton County prosecutors who uncovered Steele’s crimes.

Steele even threatened to file a grievance against Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Megan Shanahan after she insisted the teen be freed from juvenile jail and after Steele suggested he would lie to the grand jury to win an indictment, according to court records. Steele told prosecutors he would “work my mojo” before the grand jury.

“I would never do anything malicious to hurt anybody,” Steele told the judge Wednesday.

Not only did he hurt the innocent teen and his mother, Breyer countered, but he hurt law enforcement officials everywhere.

What he has done to the justice system almost is irrevocable,” Breyer said.

The mother testified she was so afraid for her son she would do anything to get him out of jail. She said Steele told her it was “a process” to get her son out and even after she performed oral sex on him, the detective didn’t get her son released.

“The things he said are appalling. If I was a (Hamilton County) prosecutor, I’d go back and check every case he was on,” Breyer said.

Steele’s actions needlessly damage police and prosecutors, Breyer said.

“It makes me angry,” Breyer said. “It makes everybody connected with law enforcement angry.”

The judge also placed Steele on probation for five years after he serves his five-year prison term.

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When Police Pull You or Your Loved Ones Over For a Dimmed Headlight, Expect to Be Sexually Harassed on Film

Police check woman for drugs after they pull her over for a dimmed headlight tell her to lift up her shirt and shake it

Seriously? Over a dimmed headlight?!? He might as well have said, “I’ll let you go if you make your boobs jiggle.”

Unless we want to live in a world where all of our mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts get treated as objects to be exploited by law enforcement, we need to put this kind of behavior to a sudden, complete and absolute END! There’s no excuse for the leeway that law enforcement officers get for some of this despicable behavior that they display.

Read also: Two women subjected to roadside body cavity search for throwing cigarette butt out window of car

Consider how many innocent people have been shot in their homes by officers raiding the wrong address?… How many dogs have been shot and how many innocent people have been terrified? It is needless, detrimental and becoming more frequent.  Or perhaps it’s always been this frequent but now that it has become easier to share information, we are just increasingly aware of an age-old problem. Either way, we need to put a stop to this kind ridiculous, unethical and disturbing behavior ASAP!

Police instruct woman to lift shirt and shake bra for drugs.

LAKELAND, FL — A young woman was driving when police pulled her over because of a dimmed headlight. From there it turned into a harassing encounter as police looked for contraband. They removed her from her vehicle and told her to pull up her shirt and shake her bra for them. Twice she complied to this demeaning request. Police also searched her vehicle for drugs, after she declined to allow a vehicle search.

Dash-cam video released Thursday showed the incident, which State Attorney Jerry Hill called “highly questionable” and “demeaning.” He said Chief Womack should be “alarmed” about deficiencies in training and supervision of traffic stops.

This may be an all-too common occurrence. The War on Drugs continues to ravage civil liberties and turn police against the people over the stupidest reasons imaginable.

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Judge Rules Police Illegally Detained Couple in San Diego Parking Lot & Led To Ugly Incident

SAN DIEGO – A police mistake turned a lunch date into a nightmare for a local couple, and a judge ruled officers illegally detained them.

“I was hurt. I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on,” said Dante Harrell.

For Harrell, that March day in 2010 began as a day of relaxation. He, his fiancee Shannon Robinson and a friend were headed to brunch in City Heights.

After they pulled into the restaurant, a San Diego police patrol car, right behind them, parked and blocked a potential exit.

Harrell said one of the officers approached them, admitted to typing in the wrong letter during a routine license plate check, but wanted to check them out anyway.

Harrell said after repeated questioning and about 15 minutes of waiting, he asked Robinson to call 911 to ask for a supervisor because something didn’t feel right.

He said he heard one officer says this: “He says, ‘They’re on the phone with our supervisor. Isn’t that childish? I’m about to OC them.”

“OC” is another word for pepper spray.

Harrell said he held on to his fiancee as he was pepper sprayed and then tasered repeatedly, before he and Robinson were dragged out of the car.

In a civil ruling, a judge decided the couple was illegally detained and Robinson was unlawfully arrested.

Attorney Julia Yoo, who represents Harrell and Robinson, said, “They didn’t have a right to continue that stop. Once you realize you’ve made a mistake and pulled over innocent people, you don’t have a right to further interrogate them. It’s unconstitutional. This needs to be stopped, because it could happen to anybody.”

Harrell, a barber, said he suffers from weakness in his hands from the incident. He also said stress related to the incident led to a break-up with Robinson.

“I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Our neighborhoods need to feel safe with their officers. We just came to eat that day, and the people we expected to protect us are hurting us,” said Harrell.

In September, a jury will decide whether the police officers used excessive force.

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office declined comment.

The two officers involved, Officers Ariel Savage and Daniel McLain, remain on the force and both have served for eight years. One is accused of false arrest in another civil lawsuit.

http://www.10news.com/news/judge-police-illegally-detained-couple-061313

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