Before you watch this video, keep one fact in mind: The woman screaming on the ground was pulled over for allegedly having an “altered” license plate sticker. And she was released from Washington Township Ohio’s jail…because of overcrowding.
Seems the “cops” of suburban Toledo are very efficient these days.
“I’m fucking tired of you cops. I’m fucking SICK of you harassing people for no reason.“
According to the “officer’s” report, he ordered Tatowski back into his truck. Tatowski initially argued on the basis that his grandchildren were in the back of Meyers’ car, but got back into his truck while he called for neighbors to start video-taping.
It’s unclear at what point the pig — err, “officer” — handcuffed the woman, threw her 14-year-old to the ground and handcuffed him; but at some point afterward, the cop went back to Tatowski’s truck, aimed his taser at the man in the front seat and ordered him to lie down on the ground.
Also unclear is the point at which Hart threw the woman’s cell phone to the ground, allegedly breaking it as she attempted to dial 9-1-1. the video starts immediately after that. The rest you can see for yourself.
Well, almost the rest.
After the incident, Police Chief Christopher Kaiser (phone number 1-419-726-0478) placed Hart (also a resource officer at a nearby school) on paid leave, stating
“He’s not in trouble, but to keep things aboveboard, we put him on administrative leave until an internal investigation is fully complete. I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but we’re trying to show we’re not trying to sweep this under the rug or cover it up.“
Oh, indeed, chief. Part-time “officer” Hart clearly did nothing wrong. At least not as wrong as Tatowski, who was charged with misconduct at an emergency, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. (All of which were results of the stop.) And certainly not as bad as Ms. Meyers, who was booked in for obstructing official business, tampering with evidence, fictitious plates, and no paying her taxes. Nope, nothing wrong at all.
At least, not until about 4:00 into the video, when he can be seen clearly pulling the phone out of a bystander’s hand and throwing it on the ground while he was talking to 9-1-1 about the officer. Allegedly, for the second time in ten minutes.
Remind us again, Part-Time “law enforcer” Hart…what does Ohio State Code Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2909. 04 say about that again?
“(A) No person, purposely by any means or knowingly by damaging or tampering with any property, shall do any of the following: (3) Substantially impair the ability of law enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue personnel, emergency medical services personnel, or emergency facility personnel to respond to an emergency or to protect and preserve any person or property from serious physical harm. (C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of disrupting public services, a felony of the fourth degree.“
Just in case that confuses our Be-Donutted friend, that comes down to: Interfering with a 9-1-1 call is a felony in Ohio. No exceptions for anyone as written in that law, including supposed cops. “Whoever violates” — not, “whoever, aside from a supposed cop, violates.”
Of course, somebody out there is going to make the argument that “Emergency services were already there! See…it says ‘911’ right on the side of his car!”
True, except that when you dial 9-1-1, they send ambulances, fire rescue and medical personnel as well. Those are emergency services, too — in addition to being pretty credible witnesses outside the influence of the Police Chief.
Well, at least it wasn’t in Florida. Nice to see that this isn’t the only place in the Union where “cops” can pull one person over for a traffic ticket, throw a child to the ground, cause two people to commit felonies, commit a couple of felonies themselves and then go home on paid leave. At least nobody got shot…this time.
Once more, that’s Police Chief Christopher Kaiser, 1-419-726-0468.