Woman who said cop used ‘excessive force’ picked up at her home for failure to appear in court


  Felony arrest warrant issued for Stacey Shertz


Tape tells story: Lake Ozark booking video answers some questions raised by arrest allegations


 Cop used excessive force, woman says; Lake Ozark police chief says arrest was according to procedure


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The woman who drew media attention after claiming a Lake Ozark police officer used “excessive force” against her during an Aug. 30 arrest is behind bars after failing to appear for her court date.
According to information provided by law enforcement officials, 24-year-old Stacey Shertz was arrested sometime over the weekend at her residence in Tebbetts, Mo., a small town located about a 20-minutes north of Jefferson City in Callaway County.


The Miller County Prosecutor’s Office issued the warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The following day, according to court documents, an entry of appearance was filed by a Jefferson City attorney as well as a motion to withdraw the warrant. 


On Aug. 30, while driving home from work, Shertz was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on right half of roadway, failure to maintain financial responsibility of car (no registration and/or proof of insurance) and operating a vehicle without a license three or more times, a felony offense.


The controversy over the arrest started in early September when an electronic flyer circulated throughout the media with claims of police brutality. Shertz said in an interview that she contributed to the flyer.


Shertz said Lake Ozark Officer Jeff Skinner unnecessarily threw her to the floor of the police booking room, causing a bruised eye and swollen face. She produced a photograph of those injuries allegedly taken the day after her arrest.


Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples produced the booking video for the media that showed a slightly different story than that which was given by Shertz.


The officer and Shertz were in plain view of the camera for much of the 40-minute video; however, there were times the two were in adjacent rooms and only audio could be discerned.


While on-screen, Shertz appeared uncooperative and refused to be handcuffed, causing a struggle that, during which, Skinner forcibly held her against the floor to restrain her.
Shertz has yet to file any formal complaints against the department or Skinner and the video has been turned over to the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office and it will not be released to the public until the court hearings have been concluded.


Shertz was also uncooperative and refused to answer questions when the Missouri State Highway Patrol was called in to conduct an independent outside investigation into the incident.


  Felony arrest warrant issued for Stacey Shertz

Tape tells story: Lake Ozark booking video answers some questions raised by arrest allegations

 Cop used excessive force, woman says; Lake Ozark police chief says arrest was according to procedure