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Video: Ohio Officer's Stop of Family Escalates

September 19, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Ohio Officer's Stop of Family Escalates

A Washington Township (Ohio) Police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he handcuffed and detained a family during a heated vehicle stop.

Officer Eric Hart, who works part time, stopped a female drive for a vehicle with an altered license registration sticker on Sunday afternoon at 166 Pine Ridge St. During the stop, a man later identified as Aaron Tatkowski, stopped and got out of a second vehicle.

Tatkowski advanced toward the officer and said, "I'm f**king sick of you cops," several times. Officer Hart ordered Tatkowski to get back and pointed his stun gun as the man when he refused.

After the officer handcuffed Tatkowski and put him on the ground, the woman from the first vehicle, Cassandra Meyers, advanced toward the officer. Meyers was also handcuffed and put on the ground after a struggle.

During the incident, a group of bystanders filmed the action on a cell phone video that was later posted to YouTube. The incident is now under investigation by the agency, reports the Toledo Blade.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Gaining Compliance, Use-of-Force Policies, Part-Time Officers


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 9/20/2013 2:07 AM

I had no idea there was more than one Washington Twp in Ohio. All things considered he was greatly outnumbered in a very unfriendly trailer park and nobody died. I would say the Officer had a good day. Where the heck was his back-up?

Marco @ 9/20/2013 1:07 PM

Ok, he is advanced on by people who refused his order to return to his car. Then detained the female for the same. Why is he suspended. Failure to comply is an arrestable offense in Ohio.

James @ 9/20/2013 7:35 PM

Marco "administrative leave" is usually a paid leave pending an investigation. Sometimes it is done to cool down a situation, it in now way implies the officer did anything wrong, but some might falsely assume such. Often is certain areas like Detroit where the environment is very hostile, this action of administrative leave causes people to think he is being removed and they eventually calm down and hopefully come to their senses (no guarantee). It also can be a safety factor for the officer as well, due to certain nefarious civil rights hucksters who lie and create problems to line their pockets in certain officer involved actions. Yes I really said that and it is the truth. I am hopeful he doesn't get railroaded like Officers Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn did by racial politics and utters lies by the Media in Detroit and the Kangaroo court.

S.S. @ 9/21/2013 7:53 AM

This is a problem. The officer is in a very vulnerable position. I thought he did well all things considered. Too bad there's just people like these white trash trailer park scumbags that do shit like this. I guarantee you all these scumbags see are $ signs. But even still plan on being on welfare. It just sucks that there are children here that happen to be the couples children. When they see their parents behaving like this they think that it is normal. The children are the ones who suffer. Officer keep your head up. From what I see you did a good job. To the trailer trash there I hope you all get what you deserve which is "jack shit"!!!

gigs120gigs @ 10/16/2013 7:08 AM

He points a gun at a handcuffed person. He points a taser at 11 yr. old laying on the ground. He grabs a bystanders(witness) phone and throws it. There are two toddlers still in the truck. He escalated a traffic citation into total chaos. The chief said his conduct was unprofessional. All the comments here are pro-cop, so the chances of this one being deleted is very high.

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