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The Vice Cops Who Arrested Stormy Daniels Now Face Federal Charges for Fraud and Conspiring to Violate People's Civil Rights

Two former Columbus, Ohio, police officers are accused of harassing strip club owners, patrons, and staff without legal justification.

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Yet more Columbus, Ohio, vice cops have been arrested on federal criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced Tuesday that former Columbus Division of Police (CPD) Officers Steven G. Rosser and Whitney R. Lancaster have been charged with conspiring to violate others' civil rights and conspiring to commit wire fraud.

"The indictment alleges that these two former law enforcement officers abused their badges and deprived individuals of their Constitutional rights," said U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers.

Rosser and Lancasterwho made their first appearance in court todaywere both longtime members of the force (19 years and 31 years, respectively) who spent their last several years on the job as part of the city's vice unit. And both officers were involved in an ill-fated, extracurricular stakeout of Columbus strip club Sirens when Stormy Daniels danced there in July 2018.

Rosser, Lancaster, and a few colleagues arrested Daniels and two Sirens workers that night on illegitimate charges. The cases against all three were quickly dismissed. A whistleblower within CPD outed the officers as having lied about being at Sirens that night as part of a prostitution and human trafficking investigation and the city had to pay a total of $500,000 to settle lawsuits from Daniels and the other two women. Rosser and Lancaster were two of six Columbus cops named in the Daniels lawsuit.

That incident is not part of the new federal indictment. But the duo's current troubles also stem, in part, from strip club antics and allegations of wrongful arrest.

According to the feds, Rosser got in a fight with a patron at Nick's Cabaret in 2015 and "allegedly represented that he was acting in the course and scope of his employment as a police officer during the fight and in the days that followed," when he had the man "seized and searched without probable cause."

"Based, in part, on a report that Rosser wrote regarding the fight, officers arrested that individual in April 2015, and he was detained at the Franklin County jail for approximately five days before the charges against him were ultimately dismissed," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

In another incident, this one in April 2018, Rosser, Lancaster, and some of their colleagues allegedly stopped and searched the owner of the Dollhouse strip club without probable cause.

These two allegations form the basis for the conspiracy to violate civil rights charge. The other charge comes from allegations that Rosser and Lancaster were "routinely reporting false and fraudulent special duty hours," as the federal charges put it. The former officers allegedly billed work hours to both the Columbus Division of Police and to a special fire-related project on 29 different days in early 2018.

The charges against Rosser and Lancaster come about a year after former Columbus vice cop Andrew Mitchell was indicted on federal criminal charges.

Mitchellwho fatally shot Donna Dalton while she was trapped in his unmarked police car in 2018was accused of depriving multiple women of their civil rights by kidnapping them and threatening them with arrest if they wouldn't have sex with him. The case against Mitchell is still ongoing, with a jury trial date currently set for September 21, 2020.

Mitchell is also being sued in federal civil court by a Jane Doe who alleges that Mitchell kidnapped and raped her while she was handcuffed in the back of his vehicle. Doe's complaint, filed in January, also suggests that "the harm visited upon [Doe] by Defendant Mitchell resulted from the failure of the City… to act to relieve Defendant Mitchell of his gun and badge" despite the fact that "red flags about [Mitchell] and other officers in the Vice Unit had been raised." This failure stemmed from the city's "policy or culture" of tolerating bad behavior from vice cops, the suit claims.

In another federal civil lawsuit, Rosser and Lancaster are being sued by the company behind now-defunct Columbus strip club Kahoots.

"In or around 2017, Defendant Rosser and Defendant Lancaster spent numerous
hours at Kahoots while in their official capacity," states the Kahoots complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in January. It accuses Rosser and Lancaster of filing "criminal charges, without probable cause, against a number of [Kahoots] employees and/or independent contractors," after Kahoots wouldn't rehire a fired bouncer that Rosser allegedly wanted the club to rehire.

The complaint also notes that Rosser filed criminal charges against Kahoots' parent company Icon Entertainment, claiming that it illegally allowed sexually oriented activity. Those charges were later dismissed. "Criminally charging Icon Entertainment was for other ulterior motives that violated its Constitutional rights," the lawsuit claims.

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  1. This failure stemmed from the city’s “policy or culture” of tolerating bad behavior from vice cops…

    Of course the city’s taxpayer/victims will ultimately pay the price since damages should they be awarded don’t come out of pension funds, as they should.

    These city police departments must be total cesspools from top to bottom.

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    2. They most likely got,,ad and arrested her when she refused to let them spit roast her for free.

    3. The voters/taxpayers allow it to continue. They shouldn’t be off the hook.

  2. In related news, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels has been convicted of extortion and other related charges, and, last I heard, was facing up to 47 years in prison.

    “Avenatti was accused of extorting up to $25 million from sportswear maker Nike by threatening to expose a high school and college basketball scam perpetrated by the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The WSJ reported Avenatti was convicted on all three counts: “extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, and wire fraud.”

    The case against Avenatti emerged after he met with Nike’s outside counsel and told them one of his clients had evidence that the company made secret payments to families of the country’s top high school basketball players, and demanded the money to buy his silence.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/02/14/michael-avenatti-former-stormy-daniels-attorney-convicted-in-25-million-extortion-case/#7c25b4da421b

    Just because he was full of shit doesn’t mean the journalists who paid attention to him were full of shit, but none of them are putting their stories treating him seriously towards the top of their portfolios either–unless the news organization in question is actually looking for someone who doesn’t give a shit about their own credibility, which is entirely possible.

    1. If they don’t like you, they will create something to put you in jail. It was routinely done to labor union leaders in the early years of the unions. Avenatti’s ordeal was reprisal from Trump the chump’s gang.

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  3. My first boss had been a cop in Toronto in the 60’s.
    On his second week on the job the sergeant and another constable took him to a local whore house and made him get a blow job while they watched. He ended up getting a mandatory BJ from every whore house in their area that month.
    That department was collecting a tidy sum from every pimp and madam in the area, and made damn sure every officer was implicated.

  4. Nobody anywhere cares about that smelly cunt. She is a democrat and media whore.

    1. True, but if we don’t defend her rights, ours are next.

      1. I appreciate the sentiment. This isn’t about Stormy Daniels. I’ts about keeping what appears to be rogue cops in check.

        I also understand that when people sell their credibility short, it’s hard to get others to take them seriously when they cry wolf again–even if the wolf is real this time.

        You certainly can’t report on a porn star, who’s apparently done gangbang videos, alleging that she was so traumatized by candidate Trump greeting her with a kiss on the cheek that she has to sue him for damages–two weeks before the election in 2016–as if it were a game changer, no less, and then expect people afterwards to take you seriously when you’re reporting on something associated with Stormy Daniels.

        https://reason.com/2016/10/22/donald-trump-accused-of-offering-porn-st/

        They don’t even read the story anymore.

        Maybe the townspeople should come running no matter how many times the boy cries wolf, but if they stop at some point–just as a real wolf shows up–the boy who cried wolf shares at least some of the blame.

        1. Consentually doing gangbangs isn’t implied consent for every fat fuck to do whatever.

          1. And I didn’t say it was. I said that when a porn star who does gangbang videos says she was so traumatized by candidate Trump greeting her by kissing her on the cheek that she had to sue him, a journalist can lose his or her credibility by bringing it to everyone’s attention two weeks before the election–as if it were an excellent reason to vote against him.

            “WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

            —-Gallup, September 14, 2016

            https://news.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx

            Two weeks before the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the news media was covering little else but Donald Trump, so if that poll isn’t about the public’s opinion of the way the press was covering Trump two weeks before the election, I don’t know what else that poll could have meant. Seeing the American people’s opinion of the news media at that point in time, should it have been surprising that Trump won the election two weeks later? I maintain that Trump wasn’t just elected in spite of the negative coverage but because of the negative coverage.

            You cry wolf, and cry wolf, and cry wolf, and cry wolf, and then you wonder why the townspeople not only ignore you but also turn to steaming services for entertainment so they don’t have to hear your wolf cries anymore?

            Stormy Daniels, blah, blah blah . . .

            That’s all most people hear anymore. Look above. This thread is rife with wolf fatigue.

    2. A bunch of clinger cops cared, and now they seem destined to be held to account by their betters, ruining their pathetic, bigoted, right-wing lives. They may beg to be replaced.

      1. Is that supposed to make sense? Or is your algorithm broken?

        1. Be nice. He’s having a flashback to when the bigger, stronger boys held his face in a mud puddle.

          I would feel sorry for him if he would seek psychiatric help, but alas, the bitterness and self loathing appear to have made him an irredeemable bigot.

      2. Those cops are democrats you stupid piece of shit. Union democrats.

        1. Oh look. The Gee-Oh-Pee’s own Faeces Lawerd is worried about the election after another mondo FATF crash. Rotsa Ruck, Landover Baptist!

      3. Most cops vote Democrat, dude, so that doesn’t even make sense on any level.

    3. And you know it smells? Did you personally smell it? You must be…an uneducated republican? A chump of the draft dodging, smelly pussy grabbing Trump?

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