Loyal FOTM reader Steven Broiles needs your help

Steven Broiles, a longtime Fellowship of the Minds reader, eloquent and always-thoughtful commenter, needs our help.

Steven is a former New York school teacher who has been making a living by driving a taxi/Uber. He is falsely accused of and was arrested for assaulting a drunken female passenger.

This is what he wrote on GoFundMe:

As an Uber and Lyft driver in New York City, I work hard to keep a roof over my head and pay for the car I’m driving.  Well, hard times are upon me:  A passenger in my car falsely accused me of assault, and on Fri., Oct. 5th, I was arrested on what they call a DAT—a desk appearance ticket.  The charge was “Assault level 3”—a misdemeanor.  This lady said I grabbed her by the arm and removed her from the car.  I never laid a finger on her;  She left the car of her own free will.  There was a witness in the car, and I am trying to locate her.  I was released on my own recognizance.  My court date is Nov. 7th.

I never laid one finger on this very intoxicated lady, and I am entitled to a date in court.  However, New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission has suspended my license until the matter is resolved.  This happened Wed., Oct. 10th.  As a result, I am not able to drive and earn an income.  I spoke to a supervisor at the TLC, and they no longer take bonds for such cases.  In effect, I have been denied the presumption of innocence.  I have not been convicted of anything—and I know I didn’t do anything!  Yet I cannot drive!

This has really knocked the wind out of me, and now everything seems to be coming down:  Not only is the bank telling me they will repossess the car, but my landlord has told me he will move to evict!

I have worked very hard over the years and I have tried to build a life for myself.  I enjoy my work and have received hundreds of compliments over the years.  I look forward to working online from home, which will give me some lee-way so I won’t have to drive as much anymore.  That is a project that will have to wait.

In the meantime, if you would please donate what you can to my Go Fund Me campaign, I would be most grateful in getting back on my feet.  Thank You so much and God Bless You.

In the meantime, Steven is actively working on helping himself by:

  • Going to the TLC and his insurance broker.
  • Calling lawyers.
  • Signing up to deliver for Uber Eats.

We are told by Jesus Christ our Lord to love our neighbors, and to be good Samaritans to someone in need.

I believe Steven Broiles. He is in desperate need, now out of a job because of the arrest and false accusation. He has set up a GoFundMe page for donations, with a goal of $5,000.

Please be generous. Even a donation of $1 or $5 helps.

To donate, click here.

Thank you, and God bless you for your kindness.

~Eowyn

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Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

This is really appalling, as anyone who’s followed Steven’s posts in past years knows this is a first-rate gentleman on all counts, whom I believe is constitutionally incapable of such an offense.

We are at all times surrounded by a plague of very unhealthy, demented people who feel they are entitled out of a sense of false injury, craven cowards who make mountains from mole hills. I will send Steven a note of support today.

Lana
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Lana

Steven I am so sorry about this. I believe you are innocent of these charges, and have donated though for some reason it is not showing yet. I will go back in a few to see if it has posted yet.
I’ve been through this one before myself with a loved one and in our case it was not expected, but out of the blue so I do know how shattering these false accusations can be. Prayers for you. Has your court date been set?

Maryaha
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Maryaha

I am so sorry to hear about this. Our justice system has turned into the injustice agenda by people with no conscience and no shame. Women have learned that all they have to do is say a man touched them, and he has to pay for it.

I’m praying for Stephen and gladly donated to help him out.

Thanks for letting us know about this, Dr. Eowyn!

Alexa
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Alexa

I wish you the best Steven. Can you speak to a local legal aid group or a law school student clinic for free or reduced rate services? Many law schools take cases to teach students in the legal clinic and the services are usually very good run by their professor. Or perhaps the public defender? Once you have court you request all discovery to receive the police report and factual allegations against you. If I were in NY I would represent you. I bet and pray she will not show up in court…with God’s guidance, intervention and light. I pray… Read more »

Zip-ped-d-doda
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Zip-ped-d-doda

I sure hope Steven reads this because this is a scam and more likely than not, the police, courts and prosecuting attorney are in on it with the accuser. Here’s what you wrote that tipped me off – Quote: I phoned the NYPD, and they told me I will be allowed to discover the name and identity of my accuser at trial. 1. Big Flag – Denial of Due Process! You are entitled to Discovery. Jurisdiction is the BIG KICKER in this matter. If it’s NYC (which is a City State like UN, Vatican, City of London, District of Columbia,… Read more »

silhouette
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silhouette

This type of crap is disgusting and sickening.
As bad as this is for Steven, I can’t help but think it would be even worse if he had refused the drunken bi*ch a ride.
I hope the very best for Steven.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Sorry for your troubles, old man. What a world we live in. A crazy drunk can cause lots of trouble just because they can. I really don’t know how you can even avoid stuff like this.

I have no idea what the rules of this hearing board are. I’m presuming that you can represent yourself, and if you are not satisfied with the verdict you can appeal?

Keep us posted. I wish you the best.

Zip-ped-d-doda
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Zip-ped-d-doda

Steven, in addition to jurisdiction, there are other controlling factors. 1. Where did the schmuck file her complaint? 2. In the court OR with the commission? https://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/file_complaint_guide.shtml Regardless where the evil schmuck filed it, if you have a Case Number, you can look it up on the internet. Do you have any friends with a PACER account? Kids in law school should still have free access to LexisNexis and other pricey research sites where you can learn damn near anything…including background on the broad. PS: Don’t let the bastards get you down. I’ll pour a stiff one at the end… Read more »

Andy
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Andy

If you’re intending on donating to Brolies, might wish to do it ASAP.

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I had renamed ICANN as ICAN’T
I have a solution: Don’t do any shopping online.

DCG
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So sorry to hear about this. This woman has no shame.

Hope a lot of money is raised to help you out.

Stephen T. McCarthy
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Stephen T. McCarthy

STEVEN, I will pray for you about this, my Brother.

After this has passed, and when you are able to, I would urge you to get out of that city. If my understanding of Biblical prophecy is correct, of all the cities that you DON’T want to be in over the next 10 or 11 years, I would put NYC at #1.

~ D-FensDogG
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

JJ
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JJ

Folks…cover your butts–CYA is not a choice now–it is a must!!
I am 68 years old, female; I don’t leave the house unless my husband is with me. We don’t even go out nights now..only on day time, weekends.
If someone comes to the house to buy or look at what I have on CL, I make them come when husband is home.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Just a final thought Steven. You said you were arrested by the NYPD. “They” refer these to a “Desk(?)”. I’m not familiar with that, but if this is a criminal charge, you are still entitled to a jury trial if you want one. This sounds an awful lot like one of those “Gypsy Scams”. I’m not sure, but it has some of the earmarks. If she has evidence for use against you, you are entitled to know what that is. You should also research her background as well. Sometimes, if she’s running a scam, the mere knowledge that you are… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

All done! You will be remembered in my evening prayers as well. Vaya con Dios!

Cinderella Broom
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Glad to help Steven and so sorry to hear of this injustice, which can befall anyone in these perilous times

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

I pitched in, too.

Steven, I don’t know if you’ve done this in the past or not, but when you get through this, you may want to consider small package deliveries. At the very least, the packages don’t talk back. I’d also look into getting a camera or two that looks into the back seat, for your protection.

Good luck!

CogitoErgoSumantra
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CogitoErgoSumantra

I would suggest the police read Steven’s posts here which detail how careful he is to not even upset his clients with his words and beliefs. He will engage them in Socratic conversation IF they are willing, but never forced anything on anybody. And I have ZERO reason to suspect he’d EVER do anything physical to anybody in light of that consideration & respect of their individual rights as human beings. Absolutely no reason to even think he would do anything like that! BTW, why was SHE not arrested for disorderly conduct or public drunkenness? Maybe because he had pity… Read more »

Brian Heinz
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Brian Heinz

Our prayers that this will go away and the truth prevail.

Carl R Hassell
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Carl R Hassell

So sorry to hear about the attack on Steven Broiles. I like his commentaries a lot, and we are facebook friends. I too will say a prayer for him. The devil is a tricky bastard/he has many in his grip and stoops to new lows everyday. Don’t let them wear us down.

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

It’s because of crap like THIS that I’m very careful about whom I have in my house and car. As for my house, the only women who have been here were my late mother and the pet sitters who look after my cat. The pet sitters were with me only twice: to meet my old cat and recently to meet the new one; after that, they’ll only come in here when I’m away. As for my car, I’ve been a little more liberal, but not much. My late mother was in my car; my ex GF was; and a couple… Read more »

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Sorry you are in this scam, Steven. It appears you have a lawyer …but for any reason if you believe he/she is going to treat this “lightly,” (like, suggest that you go to some sort of “arbitration,” ) then get yourself a BULLDOG lawyer. My husband & I went through this years ago & hired a lawyer that we could “not afford” (worth every penny as it turned out) at the time to represent us in a case before a judge—which might be where you are going, and not a jury……It was a stoopid, nuisance “pay back” case from a… Read more »

Zip-ped-d-doda
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Zip-ped-d-doda

Hi Steve: No. 1 — Unless you secure a “Notarized Sworn Affidavit” from the other passenger who witnessed the event, YOU DON’T STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING WHEN YOU GO TO COURT because NOW it’s a ‘he said she said’ and whoever files first wins. Get it thru your head, these foreign “for profit” courts haven’t a damn thing to do with justice. They don’t even follow their own Rules and make them up as they go. When your name is in ALL CAP’s on any document, that name is considered a British Subject. When you secure the other passengers… Read more »

Zip-ped-d-doda
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Zip-ped-d-doda

Steve, I am troubled why you’re fed a bunch of crap in anticipation of them nailing your good name with a Police Record labeled as an abuser. When your stopped on the road, the police write a ticket, you go to court and IF THE SAME man/woman who wrote the ticket is NOT IN THE COURT, you immediately state – “due to the failure of Jane Doe’s appearance in the court, the subject matter is barred to advance, therefore, I demand a final order this case is dismissed with prejudice and stricken from the record and the false police report… Read more »

Zip-ped-d-doda
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Zip-ped-d-doda

Steve, I wrote this earlier today and noted it hasn’t posted yet. No. 1 — Unless you secure a “Notarized Sworn Affidavit” from the other passenger in your car who witnessed the event, YOU HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR SUCCESS because as of NOW, it’s a ‘he said she said’ and whoever files first is victorious. Get it thru your head – NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU (Police, Courts, your Attorney) because when one is accused; their guilty. These foreign “for profit” courts haven’t a damn thing to do with justice. They don’t even follow their own Rules and make them… Read more »