T he video obtained by Hope Steffey's lawyer and released to the public represents only a fraction of Steffey's actual torture by the Stark County sheriff's department in Ohio. The video is difficult to watch, but it's very important for Americans to know that this outrageous crime has taken place in their country. The legal outcome of this case could determine what kind of country the United States becomes. If this level of injustice and brutality towards citizens by their own law enforcement agencies and legal system is condoned and not corrected, the real possibility exists that all Americans could be subjected to humiliating and painful torture. Hope Steffey's near fatal journey into depravity began on the evening of October 20, , when she was assaulted by her cousin, Leann Preston, while she was at the cousin's home in East Canton, Ohio.
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It ended with her face down, naked, and sobbing on a jail cell floor. Steffey's ordeal with the Stark County sheriff's deputies began after her cousin called claiming Steffey had been assaulted by another one of their cousins. When a Stark County police officer arrived, he asked to see Steffey's driver's license. But instead of handing over her own ID, she mistakenly turned over her dead sister's license, which she contends she keeps in her wallet as a memento. That's when the situation became complicated.