Skip to comments.Cop caught on video forcing three family members to lie in the road at gunpoint
Posted on 09/19/2013 9:37:43 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
Cop caught on video forcing three family members to lie in the road at gunpoint after minor traffic dispute spiraled out of control in quiet neighborhood
A routine traffic stop quickly escalated out of hand after a transport cop forced three members of a family to lie down in the road at gunpoint.
Neighbors in the quiet suburb of Raintree Village near Toledo, Ohio, captured the incident on cell phone and posted it on YouTube.
Local police chiefs have suspended the officer after the footage attracted a lot of attention and questions were asked about how it had gotten so out of hand. Scroll down for video
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when mom-of-two Cassandra Meyers was pulled over by officer Eric Hart for a license plate violation.
When her father-in-law, Aaron Tatkowski, arrived on the scene in his truck with his girlfriend and Meyers two children.
Tatkowski has said he approached Officer Hart because he didnt like the way he was speaking to his daughter-in-law.
He is reported to have said: Im [expletive] sick of you cops. Im [expletive] sick of you harassing people for no reason.
He hollered for me to get back in my truck, so I got back in my truck, Tatkowski told Toledo News Now. Next thing you know, I'm yanked out of the truck and it made my girlfriend say a few things. He yanked her out of the truck.
Tatkowski says the officer threw him, his girlfriend, his daughter-in-law, and 14-year-old son to the ground.
The police report says commands were not listened to, so Officer Hart got out his taser and handgun.
Tatkowski says he complied with Hart, but worried for his two granddaughters, who were still in his truck, so he asked witnesses to start recording what was happening.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Local residents near Toledo, Ohio, captured the incident on video and posted it on YouTube Both Tatkowski and Meyers were charged with related offenses
Anybody know if the family dog is OK?
THANK GOD FOR THE UK PRESS reporting this stuff
This crap is getting old.
Hey litterbug, *blam Blam*
The Oathbreaker in question is on PAID leave.
When will we see police raiding government offices and throwing criminals on the floor at gunpoint?
Oh wait...the government people are like illegal aliens. They have the right to commit crimes without penalty.
....and that's when it started spiraling out of control.
They were immediately judged guilty of
Contempt of Their Betters.
Any act that prevents or impedes an officer from performing his official duties can be characterized as interfering with a police officer. This can range from knowingly providing false information to an officer (especially if it is in reference to your identity or age), to purposely slowing his response to a crime scene or an investigation, to shouting insults or trying to draw a crowd when an officer is questioning or arresting someone. The latter is a special cause for concern, as as officer can find himself outnumbered and at personal risk for executing his duties.
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Key phrase here is *minor traffic dispute*, IOW a piddly sh1t civil matter.
When you dovetail this sort of thing with swat teams busting into homes for relatively minor *suspected* offenses, and the fact that thanks to things like youtube informing a mass of people of the evolving police state, it’s really no wonder that the average person is primed to go off on cops.
We can reasonably assume now days that odds are not bad that we will be bullied and threatened by police in even minor situations. This is turning the citizen/police relationship into a powder keg. It is guaranteed to get worse.
Not sure of all the events that led up to the three people being ordered to the ground but that isn’t a gun he is pointing.....it is a taser.
I appears that a traffic stop occurred and others showed up and got involved.
One officer, two adults and a teenager. Outnumbered with a hostile group opposed to you....a good reason to handcuff people to keep from getting assaulted.
Not sure that pointing a taser at someone is excessive force.
I reserve final judgment because I’m not privy to the whole story....nobody got beat up and nobody got shot.
Not seeing the excessiveness here.
Article from the Local Toledo Blade.
It seems Officer Hart has worked part time for the Washington Township as a
partol officer for the past two years. Hart is also an employee of the Toledo
Public Schools as a school resource officer and has been placed on paid
administrative leave awaiting the outcome of the Township incident.
it’s designed to be a bad relationship. it gives govt a built in excuse to use them to hammer on the citizens.
“I appears that a traffic stop occurred and others showed up and got involved.”
Watch the DAMNED VIDEO before you side with this “doughnut muncher.” He let the situation get out of control by virtue of his poor handling. Where is his backup? Never showed up during the filming. This turd evidently is used to abusing kids at the local high school, and was woefully under trained to deal with a routine traffic stop! Then don’t you just love the Chief. “While the officer isn’t in trouble and did nothing wrong, we’ve put him on paid leave while we investigate!” Huh? So if he’s clearly not guilty of anything, why is there even an investigation? What a moron. It’s always the same story, they are all Sgt. Schultz!
that audio of the Canadian couple is insanity......do we NOT have any rights?....we have to answer questions?
I tend to see it the way you have described. Of course, what led up to this is missing and only one side of the story is presented.
Having seen videos that clearly document real police abuse or misconduct, I am skeptical of people’s motives when they jump to conclusions not supported by evidence. This video is not evidence of police abuse.
I’m very concerned about the police state mentality that is developing but assuming without evidence that every altercation was provoked by the police is absurd and detracts from real cases of police abuse that should be severely punished.
Yeah. It's a trailer park full of double wides. Denizens of such communities have that attitude in spades.
Mobile home park off of Alexis Road, by Stickney Ave... (North end - about a thou yards south of the Mich line...)
How come I kinda figured that?
We should ask the British reporters to illegal immigrant here to do the reporting Americans refuse to do. What do you think?
I am sick of the “How dare you speak to me that way” cops. They are supposed to be trained to difuse situations not just bark orders.
“He is reported to have said: Im [expletive] sick of you cops. Im [expletive] sick of you harassing people for no reason. “
So cops are supposed to ignore license plate violations?
“to shouting insults or trying to draw a crowd when an officer is questioning or arresting someone. The latter is a special cause for concern, as as officer can find himself outnumbered and at personal risk for executing his duties. “
So? Government officials should be in fear of their lives at all times. Right now the government thinks We the People should be in fear of our lives at all times especially when confronted by a cop.
I think these cops do take security seriously, but I also think they try to make work for themselves. Face it, it’s a boring job. If they nab anyone with half an attitude they push their buttons to make them react, next thing they are obstructing an officer.
In this case, if the Canadian had said I’m going to the shoe store, the cop would ask, what kind of shoes. If he said basketball shoes, he’s say what brand? etc until the guy reacts...
But in a word, no, we have no rights in such situations. This is what they have wanted all along.
Whose voices are those, that voiced concern for the officer’s safety and told “Aaron” to shut up? It seems the people who were there video taped the event for the benefit of the officer. One of them even gave his phone to the cop, who resisted taking it. When the guy literally forced the phone into his hand, he tossed it aside.
This does not look to me like police brutality. It looks like an inbred family that likes attention.
He’s is suspended with pay, so a paid vacation, and will come back and be on duty to march on as he currently does. The one thing about cops, they are like major league umpires, they think it is about them. AND, hey, I have all kinds of cops in my family. My cousin is county sheriff; my nephew is a cop in the Birmingham area; and his brother is a Alabama state trooper. I can tell you that BOTH of my nephews think it is about them. They both have become blow hards. They drive their PERSONAL automobiles 20-30 miles above the speed limit. If stopped, they flash their badge and lie they are going somewhere. When I came down to visit my mother in Alabama, the Bham cop picked me up at the airport. We hit the interstate and he was doing 90-100 MPH all the way. I questioned him and he said he could drive like that with no fear, he’d just flash his badge if stopped. One of my trooper nephew’s fellow troopers around here has a huge reputation as a smart ass on EVERY stop he makes. Complaints about his behavior go unheard. Just saying, they all ain’t saints.
I watched the video. It began with the driver on the ground in cuffs, her dad who showed up and got involved and was cuffed and lying on the ground. A teenager who I think is the driver’s son appears to have showed up on a foot powered scooter and was lying on the ground not cuffed.
The officer had his taser out and was in a heated discussion with the driver and her dad....no punches were thrown nor did I see anything in the story or video alleging any force being used or injuries to the driver, dad or teenager.
We have people angry about being stopped, bystanders apparently inserting themselves in what the story described as a simple traffic stop, and a lone officer dealing with three people, two of which appeared to be emotionally out of control.
Looking at the entire video I don’t see any crime committed by the cop or any excessive force.
I think he may have been able to put his taser away earlier but really...is that such a big deal? He didn’t taser the guy and torture him or anything....he pointed at the guy who was handcuffed on the ground and was continuing to be out of control emotionally.
I will continue to reserve final judgment until I hear or see what occurred prior to the cell phone video started rolling....but as of right now I don’t see anything terrible other than an adult man and woman screaming at the top of their lungs for attention.