Columbus Police Department Goes Rogue When Stormy Hits Town
I was looking around the ‘net for info on the Columbus Police Department’s handling of the Stormy Daniels show at a club here in Columbus.
There are some rather interesting turns to the story. In following some links I found the name Shana Keckly in an article at Slate. I did not know some of the vice police at the club that night were women, and I was a bit surprised at that, especially when you read some of the details.
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After Daniels’ arrest, Columbus police claimed in a statement that her arrest was part of a “long-term investigation” into “human trafficking, prostitution, & other vice related violations.” Daniels’ high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, however, asserted she may have been targeted for political reasons, and a subsequent statement by Columbus’ police chief said the “motivations” that led the four officers involved in the arrest to be at Sirens on the night Daniels appeared would be investigated. While the emails obtained by Ohio’s Fayette Advocate don’t prove that Daniels was the victim of a sting by Trump partisans per se, they do show that the police department’s initial statement was misleading, demonstrating that one of the officers (Shana Keckley) had researched Daniels’ appearance in advance and then, after the arrest, emailed another officer about it with the suggestive message “You’re Welcome!!!!!….Thank me in person later.”
As they say: Developing …
So, I did a Google search on Shana Keckley and came across this…
Shana Keckley, a Columbus, Ohio police vice detective involved in the arrest of Stormy Daniels at a strip club, is allegedly named in “whistleblower” emails obtained by The Fayette Advocate newspaper.
In an exclusive story by interim editor-in-chief Derek Myers, The Advocate alleged that the emails the newspaper obtained showed Daniels’ arrest “may have been pre-planned days before she ever arrived in town.” The arrest of Stormy - the porn star who has accused President Donald Trump of having an affair with her and then trying to pay her hush money - made national headlines but crumbled immediately because prosecutors said it didn’t meet critical elements needed under the law.
News of Daniels’ July 11, 2018 arrest broke early in the morning of July 12, 2018 when her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, unleashed a series of tweets accusing Columbus police of political bias.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Advocate Claims Many of the ‘Whistleblower’ Emails Come From Keckley’s Account
According to the Advocate exclusive, the emails are between “several high-ranking Columbus police detectives and VICE officers,” but the “bulk” of them are from Shana Keckley’s account.
“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,” reported The Advocate.
The newspaper alleges that Keckley wrote another officer after Stormy’s arrest, “You’re Welcome!!!!!….Thank me in person later.”
You can read the newspaper’s full story here: http://thefayetteadvocate.com -
Whistleblower Provides Emails That Show Stormy Daniels’ Arrest Was Pre-Planned
2. Keckley Has Worked as a Community Liaison Officer
The Columbus Division of Police has touted Shana Keckley on social media before.
“Community Liaison Officer Shana Keckley LOVES her job & has FUN brightening the day’s of others. #1dayCPD — in Columbus, Ohio,” the police wrote with one picture of Keckley with children at a community event. The police also wrote with more photos, “Community Liaison Officer Shana Keckley LOVES what she does and ENJOYS brightening people’s day!”
Police previously praised Keckley for rescuing a dog, writing on Twitter, “OFFICER SHANA KECKLEY TO THE RESCUE: Officer Keckley rescued this dog w/the help of block watch members, 14 precinct. Luckily the dog is ok!”
The Advocate says Keckley now works in Vice and Road control and is married to a man named Shane Keckley. She comes up as registered to vote in Delaware County, Ohio, but no political party is listed in the record.
3. Keckley Accused Daniels of Putting Her Breasts in Her Face & Officer Mary Praither Alleged Daniels Groped Her
There were other officers involved in the sting. Officer Mary Praither, an undercover Columbus police officer, alleged in court records that Daniels groped her in the Ohio strip club. Praither said in her report that Daniels grabbed her breasts and buttocks while performing Wednesday night at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing President Donald Trump in an effort to invalidate a “hush agreement” she signed about an alleged affair she had with the president in 2006.
Praither was one of three officers who said they were touched by Daniels while they were undercover at the club during her performance.
Three other officers were also involved in the undercover operation, Detective Shana Keckley, who said Daniels put her breasts in her face, Detective Whitney Lancaster, who said Daniels forced his face into her breasts and Detective Steven Rosser, who said he watched the “criminal activity” and called for backup to have officers respond to arrest Stormy Daniels. Two other dancers, Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda, were also arrested, the Columbus Police Department says.
10TV reports that undercover officers in the club “said they witnessed Daniels using her bare breasts to smack patrons. The officers also said they observed Daniels fondling the breasts of female patrons.”
Officers approached the stage, at which time they allege “Daniels held the face of the female officer between her breasts. It also says she did the same to a male officer. The report goes on to say Daniels fondled the buttocks and breasts of another officer.”
Keckley was identified as the female officer who police say had her head held between Daniels’ breasts.
An arrest document signed by Mary S. Praither on July 12, 2018 alleges that, on July 11, 2018 “an employee on the premise of a sexually oriented business who appeared at the time of offense nude or semi nude, to wit: topless and wearing a G-string did knowingly touch a patron in a specified anatomical area, to wit: Officer Mary Praither #1990. Did put both hands on officers buttocks, both hands on officers breast, then put her breast in officers face. Who is not a member of the employees immediate family.”Columbus Police Complaint issued by Officer Mary S. Praither
Court records show that Daniels was accused in Franklin County courts of three counts of “illegally operating sexually oriented business – employee knowingly touch any patron.” According to Ohio voter registration records, Mary Susan Praither is a registered Republican.
4. The City Attorney Dismissed the Charges Against Stormy & the Police Chief Called the Arrest a ‘Mistake’
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There is way more in the story at the link. I cut it where I did because I think the part I posted from the article covers the basics of the story. Ending it at “Dismissed Charges” seemed a good conclusion.
Here is that statement from Democrat Columbus City Attorney Zack Klein.