Reason is reporting that the ‘Police Lied‘ About Stormy Daniels Sting.
The Stormy sting fallout continues. A whistleblower within the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department has leaked emails suggesting that contrary to official statements, the recent arrest of Stormy Daniels at Sirens strip club was planned months in advance.
After the arrest, Columbus police stated that they just happened to be at the club as part of an “ongoing investigation into human trafficking, prostitution, and other vice-related offenses” when Daniels thrust her breasts in an officer’s face and they had no choice but to arrest her, owing to an Ohio law that bans nude or semi-nude workers from touching customers or themselves in certain areas.
But “a whistleblower from the City of Columbus contacted the [Fayette] Advocate with numerous emails between several high-ranking Columbus police detectives and VICE officers,” the newspaper reports. And these emails suggest that police intentionally went to Sirens that night to arrest Daniels. From the Advocate:
Inside the emails are news clippings discussing Daniels’ planned appearance in Columbus, pictures of Daniels with President Donald Trump, videos of her dancing, and even a map to the club where she would be performing, all sent days before she would pull into town on her tour bus.
The bulk of the emails that the whistleblower provided are from the email account of Detective Shana Keckley. Keckley was one of the lead-arresting officers the night that the “sting” operation went down.
The whistleblower told the Advocate that “It is clear that Keckley and her fellow officers were there because of Stormy and only because of Stormy,” and that “the police lied about it being a prostitution and human trafficking mission.”
The charges against Daniels were dismissed less than a day later, and charges against two other Sirens workers arrested that night—waiter Miranda Panda and dancer Brittany Walters—were dismissed the following week. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs called the arrests a “mistake.”
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said that “after reviewing the charges for each of these cases closely, I’ve determined that the facts of these cases do not meet the elements required to prosecute under this law.”
“None of the three cases properly allege that the women made ‘regular appearances’ as required by law,” notes the city in a statement. In addition, “the charges against Walters and Panda have other unique issues. Brittany Walters did not meet the requirement of ‘touching a ‘patron’,” and Miranda Panda did not meet the requirements of appearing ‘nude or semi-nude’ while working as a server, and was working only her third shift ever at Sirens.”
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