Officer throws family to the ground during traffic stop
A 'routine' traffic stop turned into anything but when an officer pulled a family, including a 14-year-old out of a car and threw them on the ground.
Aaron Tatkowski told WTOL 11 in Toledo, Ohio that he was returning home after spending time with his daughter-in-law, Cassandra Meyers, when they were pulled over for a license plate violation.
He said the officer, Eric Hart, was speaking to Meyers in a way that upset him, so Tatkowski got out of his truck and questioned the officer's actions. Hart told him to get back in his car and Tatkowski said he obliged but what happened next shocked the neighborhood.
"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 told WTOL 11.
He, along with his girlfriend, daughter-in-law, and 14-year-old son say they were pulled out of the truck and thrown to the ground by Officer Hart. His two granddaughters remained in the truck and were not involved.
That's when a concerned neighbor fired up a camera and captured the rest of the events on camera. At one point, Hart was pointing a Taser and a hand at the family, pointing them directly at Tatkowski's head as he lay on the road next to his son.
Tatkowski says he followed all of the officer's directions but was arrested.
Hart was treated at the scene for scratches. The police department stands by Hart's actions, saying the family was not listening to the officer's commands.
Watch the full video of the scene above (mobile users click here). CAUTION: contains strong language.