Charges dropped against retired deputy who refused to leave her daughter’s side in the hospital

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – A retired deputy with the Stark County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office was arrested in early October when she refused to leave her daughter’s side while she recovered from surgery. 

Thankfully, the state decided not to follow through with criminally charging the seventy-year-old retired mother.

Lynn Savage, who served the Stark County Sheriff’s Office for twenty years, was arrested when she refused to leave her daughter’s side after she had surgery performed on October 4th at the UF Health North Hospital.

The State Attorney’s Office, after reviewing the report, decided not to follow through on the prosecution of the offense.  The State Attorney has not, at least publicly, explained as to why they decided not to follow through on prosecution.

What is not known to all is how the State Attorneys’ office decides to file charges or not. 

What is supposed to happen in the criminal system is that the officer presents facts and evidence of his/her case for review by the attorney. 

After review, the attorney decides if there is enough there to get a guilty verdict.  If he or she believes that there is, they file the charge (information), if they do not, they decline prosecution.

However, this case would be a little tricky from the get-go, not because there was or was not clear and convincing evidence of Savage’s guilt but rather the question here is what would be on trial. 

Would it be the elements of the criminal act of trespassing after being told to leave, the politically charged COVID 19 restrictions, or a mother’s love for her daughter?

The problem with this case, if taken to trial, would most likely be because every person in that courtroom would have been the child of a woman. 

To put someone on trial for, well, being a good mother who refused to be there for her daughter during a time of need, would be a major undertaking.

It would be easy to believe that a majority of those ‘children’ in the courtroom would be reluctant, at best, for finding Savage guilty of any offense when the intention of hers was not to commit a crime, but rather, support her daughter.  Most likely because of this, the State made the decision not to follow through with the charges.

A mother’s love is something that every person should know about and appreciate.  Good mothers have a habit of worrying about their children, regardless of their age, especially when they have suffered some type of medical event which places their life in jeopardy.

Savage’s journey of concern started when her daughter suffered a stroke in 2015.  All of the trials and tribulations that followed most likely caused Savage to become more of a momma bear than she was before. 

Now, whether it was from complications from the stroke or another injury, part of her daughter’s skull broke off causing that portion to fall on the brain and began growing there, forcing doctors to perform a craniectomy on October 4th

According to Firstcoast News, Savage said her daughter, Amber Miller:

“Amber is non-verbal.  The stroke affected her right side.  She’s partially paralyzed on her right side.”

Unfortunately for her, the visiting hours for the hospital had been modified due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  As the time for visiting hours was closing, Savage was approached by hospital staff and told to leave for the night.

Savage was understandably concerned because her daughter was showing what she felt were signs of distress.  However, when she was in the hospital room with her, Amber seemed calmer. 

Not knowing whether her daughter would survive the surgery, Savage simply refused and stated that she would have to be forcibly removed from the hospital before she would leave. 

The hospital staff sent in their security staff and probably the best team members they had to try to convince Savage, all to no avail.  The hospital and security staff felt that they needed to abide by hospital policy and felt no choice other than to contact the police to respond.

Savage, who was not upset with the police for doing their job, said:

“I didn’t put up any fight.  I didn’t get angry.  I simply stated I’m not leaving.  I can not in good conscious leave my daughter when I don’t even know if she is going to make it through the night.”

The officer who responded, who was not named, explained that they were there because she had been told to leave by hospital staff and she was refusing to do so. 

Savage, having been a law enforcement officer, would have known that the officer would not have had any choice if the hospital was insistent on having her removed that if she failed to leave when ordered to by the officer, that he or she would have no choice than to arrest her and remove her off of the premises.

Savage was then arrested and escorted off of the hotel property without incident.  She was held in the county jail for the evening and released the next day. 

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

Charges dropped against retired deputy who refused to leave her daughter's side in the hospital
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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