5 Cops Now Facing Discipline For Arresting Stormy Daniels At Strip Club

Five officers involved in the arrest of Stormy Daniels at a Columbus strip club are facing administrative discipline.

Columbus, OH – Five Columbus police officers are facing departmental discipline for their roles in the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels at a strip club in 2018.

Stephanie Clifford, who strips by the name of Stormy Daniels, was performing a show as part of her “Make American Horny Again” tour at the adult entertainment club Sirens in July of 2018 when she was alleged to have touched three different police officers in an illegal manner, according to WCMH.

Court documents said Clifford forced patrons' faces into her breasts and used her bare breasts to smack patrons during her performance, WCMH reported.

Clifford also fondled the breasts and buttocks of female patrons in the strip club, including a female police officer, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with the Franklin County court.

An Ohio law passed in 2007, known as the "Ohio Stripper Bill,” instituted a no-touch rule between strippers and club patrons. The law prohibited nude, or partially nude, dancers from touching customers, and vice versa, FOX News reported.

However, a loophole in the Ohio Revised Code that governs the behavior of strippers in adult clubs says that the law only applies to dancers who make repeated performances at the venue, according to the prosecutor.

The same rules don’t apply to guest strippers, so the charges against Clifford were dropped.

On Jan. 14, attorneys for Clifford filed a lawsuit against the Columbus police officers that alleged they violated her civil rights when they arrested her on July 11, 2018, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The lawsuit accused Columbus Division of Police Officers Shana Keckley, Whitney Lancaster, Mary Praither, and Steven Rosser of targeting her for political reasons, and alleged they were all Republicans or supporters of President Trump.

In the lawsuit, Clifford’s attorney cited social media postings and emails between the vice officers, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Clifford’s lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $2 million in damages for malicious prosecution, false arrest, civil conspiracy to violate her rights, abuse of process, and defamation.

The lawsuit alleged that the vice officer “believed that Ms. Clifford was damaging President Trump and they thereafter entered into a conspiracy to arrest her during her performance in Columbus in retaliation for the public statements she had made regarding President Trump.”

“By maliciously releasing false statements to public newspapers and broadcasters and on social media platforms strongly implying Ms. Clifford was engaged in immoral conduct... defendants defamed Ms. Clifford, causing injury to her reputation and exposing her to contempt, ridicule, shame and disgrace in the community,” it read.

Despite those accusations, an internal investigation by the Columbus police in March determined that while the arrest of Daniels had not been politically motivated, it was “improper.”

Columbus Division of Police Interim Chief Tom Quinlan said the officers facing administrative discipline had all been members of the now-defunct “Vice Squad,” NPR reported.

Columbus Police Commander Terry Moore, Lieutenant Ron Kemmerling, Sergeant Scott Soha, and Detectives Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster are all facing scrutiny from the department for their part in Daniels’ strip club arrest, according to WCMH.

"I made this decision because these officers violated our rules of conduct,” Chief Quinlan said.

The officers will have individual hearings before the city’s director of public safety, NPR reported.

"The range of discipline for these officers can include a reprimand, a suspension, demotion, and/or termination,” Chief Quinlan said.

There is also a federal inquiry ongoing into the incident, according to NPR.

"Because of pending litigation as well as a concurrent federal criminal investigation, I will not elaborate further on our investigations findings at this time," Chief Quinlan said.

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RetAFVet
RetAFVet

So she is the issue here...not tRump whom slept with her while his wife was pregnant. He also paid hush money to her. He also LIED about that payment...LIED several times straight to Americas face....LOL. And she is the issue here...laughable.

new2lv2
new2lv2

“By maliciously releasing false statements to public newspapers and broadcasters and on social media platforms strongly implying Ms. Clifford was engaged in immoral conduct... defendants defamed Ms. Clifford, causing injury to her reputation and exposing her to contempt, ridicule, shame and disgrace in the community,” it read.

Seriously? The claims in this statement is ridiculousness. If she cares about her reputation, then maybe stop touching people maybe? IDK?

new2lv2
new2lv2

Does sound like the cops did make a mistake. Reprimands do sound appropriate. I t also sounds like they lost their assignments too.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

You can take the stripper out the club, but you can’t take the stripper out the girl. Money hungry gold digger. Money money money. I bet she don’t pay taxes either, tax free tip money.

vwiles34
vwiles34

How can injure the character of a stripper/porn star? If anything it gave her free advertisement and would bring more guys into her shows wanting this kind of treatment by her. I respect the right of a person to chose this profession and wish them well. But this chick is more of a con artist than an adult entertainer. And it appears the officers were acting in good faith. Also couldn't the female officer she groped file charges of assault?

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

I hate to say it but Vice Officers should have been aware of the loophole. It's their job.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

Interim "Chief" Tom Quinlan is a spineless, backstabbing POS, and a pawn un Columbus democrats war on police.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

they were unfamiliar with the exceptions to the rules for non-local strippers, which was why she was arrested. They made a mistake. Sounds like a minor issue, one that should be corrected by additional education.

He lawsuit is BS, unless there is more to that story; otherwise, anytime she gets arrested for committing a crime she can claim it was for political reasons. They were acting in good faith, and had it been anyone else, the arrest would have stood.

Give the officers a written reprimand for not knowing the exemption law, and tell this stripper that her 5 minutes of fame are over.

Pilot350
Pilot350

injury to her reputation and exposing her to contempt, ridicule, shame and disgrace in the community? You're a porn star sorry honey you've already done that to yourself!

Digger15108
Digger15108

They should have arrested the dumb ass people that actually paid to watch her. Really, a washed up porn slut‼️

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think her arrest was politically motivated and that is a po-po no-no. Police, of course, are trained not to consider politics when deciding whom to ticket, whom to arrest and so forth. The local police are not supposed to be an arm of the Republican Party.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Trash 100 percent

Asher21
Asher21

Another prime example of LEO not being backed or supported by their chief and the other hierarchy in a department cowering from political influence to keep their jobs. how can we do our jobs and make the right decision for the circumstances without having to worry about being under a microscope from the very people that should have our backs?

Funonline
Funonline

The Jury is out on this one...Foreman says to his fellow jurists "What do you expect when you drag a dollar bill through a strip club in a trailer park" Someone OTHER THAN Stormy?

Marxest
Marxest

So these officers (what were these officers even doing in the strip club in the first place?) used a ridiculous loophole to make a seemingly politically motivated arrest of a citizen doing her job. Make America Low Again. Officers should stay clear of politics and be above board with their jobs. These officers deserve harsh disciplinary actions if this arrest of Ms Clifford was aggravated political retaliation on behalf of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I don't see the attraction to this whore. Her face resembles Mr. Ed (horse face for those of you too young to remember Mr. Ed) And how is it remotely possible to injure her reputation? Seriously, she's a whore who became famous for saying she slept with Trump.

Janken
Janken

She is so sleazy. To bad cops. I think you guys are being picked on. So sorry that the leftist idiots have made it tough to be a policeman

fell
fell

will this B ever go away

yoloh82
yoloh82

Nooo! stormy Nooo!! Those are microphones.