Ohio Cop Caught on Camera Terrorizing Family in Bizarre Video (Updated)

 A bizarre video from Ohio is quickly going viral on Youtube, showing a cop holding three citizens at gunpoint (or maybe it was just a Taser) for apparently asking him to move from their driveway.

But that is just based on the Youtube description. It’s still not exactly clear what took place before the video to prompt such a hostile reaction from the cop, but several witnesses can be heard calling 911, so you can imagine how out of control the cop appeared to be.

Noticing the witnesses, the Washington Township cop orders them back inside their homes, which is a common police tactic when they are committing unlawful acts.

At one point in the video, the cop walks up to a witness trying to place a call and yanks the phone out of his hand, tossing it on a nearby lawn where the man just retrieves it. The Youtube description simply states the following:

cop pulled somebody over and blocked neighbors driveway, neighbor comes home and asks cop to move vehicle..this is what happens.

Another commenter stated the following:
These people on the ground were not even the ones being pulled over. They stopped bc the cop was blocking the driveway and while the driver got out to get the babies out of the back the cop went postal and told him to get back in his truck but then came and started jerking him out with a taser in one hand and hand gun at the other pointed at them and the 3 children in the back seat. The people work, pay taxes, volunteer to many cancer foundations and mind you they all have clean records.
The video was posted yesterday and has been viewed more than 11,000 times, so it’s only a matter of time before the local media gets wind of it and hopefully provides more details.
UPDATE: Here is the scoop from Toledo News Now:

Aaron Tatkowski says he spent Sunday with his family, and when he returned home, he noticed his daughter-in-law had been pulled over by a Washington Township Police officer.

The police report states Cassandra Meyers was cited for a license plate violation. Tatkowski says he didn’t like the way the officer was talking to Meyers, so he questioned the officer about his behavior.

“He hollered for me to get back in my truck, so I got back in my truck,” Tatkowski said. “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.

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Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • Skip Bradley

    He’s holding a Taser.

    • Strawman

      He should be holding the barrel of someones shotgun.

  • IcedTeaParty

    I can’t wait until the old man comes here and explains why it was acceptable for the officer to tell someone they can’t talk on the phone, and then to take their phone and throw it on the ground.

    This should be good.

    BTW, long past are the days when it was respectable to be a police officer in America.

    • tinynot

      they gona be needing to grow eyes in the back of their heads, at least they will see when its coming, but it may still very well be too late! too bad PO PO! fuck em POPO! all of em!

      • BLBL

        Yup, and that kind of dumb assery is why cops act like that and will shoot your stupid ass. Rightfully so.

        • Proud GrandPa

          Amen! Tinynut and threats to murder police should be soundly rejected by all freedom-loving citizens.

      • blbl

        For crying out loud man be reasonable. Regardless of what you may think no one deserves to die or be injured because of something as trivial as this. If you feel you’re being treated unjustly during a stop than use your lawyer. Deny the charges if you are even being charged and lawyer up. If you aren’t being charged than file a formal complaint and get a lawyer. Most importantly learn the law and be educated about what they can and can’t get away with, and if you see them breaking one of their own rules shut the hell up about it until they leave then call your lawyer. Being an ass, making a scene, all of that stupid stuff that everyone seems to do as second nature isn’t helping you at all. And if you think you’re going to come up behind a cop and shoot them, or hurt them, well then you’re dead wrong. You may do it, you may shoot the cop, you may hurt him, but you’re ending your life in the process. You will be found and you will be imprisoned and someone else named Tiny who isn’t so tiny will show you what injustice, and brutality, and force really mean.

        • Voice-Of-Concern

          I was agreeing with everything you said.. right up until you had to throw in Prison Rape comment.

          • Proud GrandPa

            It is tinynut’s garbage that makes PINAC look like a bunch of cop-killer wannabees.
            Making threats to take a life because of tinynut’s social and emotional problems is stupid. He needs to get help before another unstable loser actually commits the crime.

        • bacchys

          I agree with being reasonable, but the sad fact is our criminal “justice” system is so corrupt that being reasonable doesn’t do any good.

      • ProudGrandPa

        It is this kind of garbage thinking that discredits PINAC. I expect this kind of threat from weak and insecure little cowards who got beat up on the playground. Or maybe they were beat up by their sisters!
        I have no respect for the wackos who visit here to make idle threats. Big talk and no courage. Had they courage they’d actually do something legal and worthwhile to make America better.
        Maybe all that weed and cocaine prevents holding a job so they blame police. Typical…,

        • Voice-Of-Concern

          tinynot’s above comment does not discredit PINAC any more than your inane, idiocy about weed & cocaine discredits PINAC

          tinynot gains or loses credit all on his or her own.

        • JdL

          Maybe all that weed and cocaine prevents holding a job so they blame police.

          I’m curious, how much do you know about “weed” and cocaine? Just what you get from the hysterical media, right?

          With that kind of “quality” thinking, you’d probably call for the burning of witches in Salem, back in the day. Grow up, Gramps!

      • Voice-Of-Concern

        Fuck all of the Police? Ummm… because anarchy is better? Where and when eggzactly has anarchy worked out well? what would a world with no police or their equivalent look like?

        • JdL

          Fuck all of the Police? Ummm… because utter anarchy is better? Where and when eggzactly has utter anarchy worked out well?

          Is there any kind of anarchy in your mind other than “utter anarchy” (i.e., chaos)? You’re setting up a straw man.

          • Voice-Of-Concern

            thank you. minor correction made. let’s focus on the merits of the issue. ie, I know of no actual functioning society that does not have police or police analogues. If you know of such a circumstance, please share with the class.

          • JdL

            Police analogues, definitely, but for best results, not employed by the government (of course, under anarchy, by definition, there is no over-arching authority, i.e. government).

            At the root, we’re all responsible for our own security. If a criminal with a gun ramrods through your door at 2 AM, calling either government police or private peace-keepers will do you no good.

            But we can delegate a good fraction of our security responsibilities to others, whom, one would hope, we choose wisely. When peace-keepers are privately employed, whenever they deviate from the priorities of their employers (us), they’re fired. That’s about, oh, 180 degrees from the situation when cops are employed by the government, as we see witnessed all around us today.

            Let me turn it around: for what reasons do you see it as NOT possible for peace-keeping endeavors to be handled by private organizations?

          • Voice-Of-Concern

            You have only described an idea of how things might be, in Theoryland. What you have not pointed to, is an actual functioning society. And even in Theoryland, you have police analogues, which tells us that “Fuck all the Police”, just does not work.

            I do however, understand and empathize with the anger that makes folks say “fuck the police”. But can not support the logical result of a place with no police or police analogues.

          • JdL

            You have only described an idea of how things might be, in theoryland. What you have not pointed to, is an actual functioning society.

            Is the extent of your imagination of what is possible, and what is workable, limited to what has been done before in history?

            There is a propensity among human beings, a remnant of our evolutionary past, to turn over authority to some largely autonomous central organization, allegedly for our own benefit, but in fact run by men who are looking out for their own rewards (sexual, monetary, power), and who, without exception, end up robbing and brutalizing the populace until they are overthrown. I am hopeful that, with increased education, people can come to see that voluntary associations work better, if not perfectly.

            Anarchic societies have in fact existed, but not on a large scale. So to that extent I acknowledge that what I’m saying is in “theoryland”.

          • Proud GrandPa

            Is there any kind of anarchy in your mind other than “utter anarchy”
            History teaches that the answer is a resounding, ‘No, all anarchy is utter.’ But it doesn’t last long. In a few months it is replaced by brutal dictatorship.
            Anarchy is stupid and prevents freedom. Liberty through law is the American way. It worked.

          • bacchys

            You were right to use the past tense.

          • JdL

            Anarchy is stupid and prevents freedom.

            In fact most of what you do every day is anarchic. You don’t cut in line in the grocery store, and nobody else does either, though there’s no cop to enforce line etiquette. There is of course a private entity, the store management, which will enforce rules when called upon, but it’s very seldom called upon. Why can’t your mind stretch to comprehend that private, voluntary organizations can handle most or all of what society needs to do to function well?

            You laud government. Do you like what the government is doing today? I don’t. I consider it a corrupt, criminal organization that is bleeding me dry financially (to say nothing of my progeny) and and has turned against me with brutal police enforcement of illegitimate laws.

            Please see my exchange with Voice-Of-Concern below. Do you disagree with the assertion that governments ALWAYS devolve into plunder and brutality?

    • guest

      Being a combat veteran it enrages me to see the oppression that I fought for. I always knew it was there, I just never saw it. Sometimes I wish I never came back so I wouldn’t know this is what I fought for.

  • Joel

    The video would have been better if a single shot rang out and the cops head disappeared.

    • tinynot

      now that would have been justice, AMEN! this POPO is what is major wrong with the USA right now!

    • Stanley Stinkfinger

      We can’t start that stuff. The police are becoming more militarized all the time. Next thing you know the SWAT team shows up and starts kicking in door indescriminatly.

      • Difdi

        They do that anyway. If it’s a war they want, sooner or later someone will give it to them.

      • Joel

        Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

        Is that change they speak of come from a man on his knees begging for it, or from a man standing with a weapon in his hand ready to kill and die for it. I ask will you go quietly when they herd you toward the ditch to be lined up and killed or will you do something. I hear 6 million plus screaming at me don’t let it happen again.

    • max

      There is a Lou Reed song with the line
      “That cop that died in Harlem, I was dancing when his brains ran out on the street”

      I understand that song a little better now.

    • Rail Car Fan

      Ahhh… I was thinking the same thing!

      Rail Car Fan

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  • tinynot

    this POPO sure got problems, lucky he wasnt in the hood, he would have never pulled that shit! takes a mans cell, and throws it into to lawn, WTF is with that crap, what he think it was? a gun? fat PIG all he is, a wanabe POPO! bully with a gun and badge! approach an officer, is that what he claims they did wrong? oh hell, let me see, what were they suppose to do, rent a hotel room and came back the next day? peace officer my ass!

    • j w

      Chit Be Da Trooth Mon

  • Puce Buzzard

    Look you “cop” I would say… You are on my street, you are in my neighborhood. You are creating a ruckus in front of my house. This situation appears out of control. We will talk on the phone to emergency services and We will take video you like it or not. You will answer to disturbing our peace.

    • Stanley B. Manley

      I’m sure that scolding would make him shape up right away!

      • Difdi

        And if it didn’t, I’m SURE he’d shape up if you gave him a second stern talking to!

        • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

          Draw a line in the sand. It works for Obama.

          • JJ

            Politics? Really?

          • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

            What? Can’t take a joke? Buzzard’s suggestion just reminded me of Obama’s handling of international affairs.

          • Douglas Moore


  • Mr.Gee Marino

    What a cowardly POS. I’d have told them to turn off their cameras and hit that f*%ker with a BRICK.

  • rick

    I was under the impression that preventing or forcibly interrupting an emergency call is against the law. Yes? No?

    • Ian Battles

      Good luck finding a DA with the scrotal fortitude to charge cops for breaking the law.

      • j w

        Another Winner

        • Rail Car Fan

          Once again… good reply!

          Rail Car Fan

      • Frodo

        Their job is help cops, not charge them.

  • Freedom_Fighter_of_America

    The mistake the caller made was saying the officer needs help, he needed to make clear that the officer was out of control and attacking people. And the cop had no authority to close the mans phone and tell everyone to go away. The cop clearly acted as nothing more than a terrorist. Would be nice to see more of the incident after it cut off.

    • ProtectYourselves

      If the witness stated “people” needed help instead of the officer, many would agree, I doubt the police would have come. Claiming / stating “there is an officer in distress” will bring the rest of the gang asap no matter the situation. It’s shameful.

      • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

        That’s what I was thinking, that this man did the right thing, making a call that could not be called untrue, yet was calculated to get the most cops on scene in as short a time as possible.

    • Bob Emerson

      When an officer is detaining a person he can and does have the authority to order a phone from not being used. For his safety, he is allowed to do this. What if the perp were calling his homies to come down and take the cop down. I don’t think so.

      • MacK

        Could you please state the law for this, or at least pull your pants up and quit showing your ass.

        • Scott Downey

          The 4th amendment to the Constitution.

          • j w


      • Freedom_Fighter_of_America

        He was not detaining the person with the phone. He took a bystanders phone and disconnected the 911 call and threw the phone. He had no authority to do this. And no, the officer does not have the authority to take a phone period, he needs a warrant. You say he is allowed to do this, he has the authority to do this, NO HE DOES NOT. The authority to confiscate property without a warrant and smash it or throw it does not exist for the government. They can not do it, there is no statutory authority and no constitutional authority. It’s an illegal seizure, you may not like that fact, but that is tough shit for you.

        • j w

          The DOPE in Blue was Totally Outta Control

      • JustaVetSailorfromPennsylvania

        You are not correct, what you are attempting to say applies ONLY to the individual or individuals that he is detaining. He was not being threaten in any manner by those that legally witnessing what the Donut Eating Badged Uniformed Fascist Thug was doing under the color of law as he terrorized the entire neighborhood.

        • j w

          Bingo We Have a Winner

          • Rail Car Fan

            I’ll second that!

            Rail Car Fan

      • j w

        Baloney … This PIG was Outta Control

      • Ryan French

        Was the WITNESS being detained? Nope, he was not. Thanks for playing.

        Where do these people come from?

      • Clay Caldwell

        perp. dehumanize much?

    • max

      The caller should have said “a heavily armed man has gone crazy and is attacking people. We need real police and supervisor out here right away. “

  • Freedom_Fighter_of_America

    I just watched it again and the woman says “He smashed my phone too because I tried calling”

  • DAnny

    This is unbelievable, and everyone standing around oblivious to the fact that this pig was completely out of control on the verge of shooting two handcuffed defenseless people point blank range in the middle of the street execution style. These citizens should have banded together to take down that belligerent shit of a human being and placed him in the back seat until some civilized form of authority showed up.


      They should have mauled him and taken his gun & shot this low life cop scum in the dick, wait about 10 minutes so he can suffer then shoot him in the face.

      • waltinseattle

        then everycop evertwhere would be more fearfull and more on edge to stay in control and tasing 5 year olds as well as 12 year olds. no. i think we need some massive layoffs and dissarming of the former officers so they dont go down take it out on wallmart shoppers or latte sippers. ptsd is rampant in the p.dept.

      • Boomer

        Dobie, you presume their aim would be good enough to hit a target so microscopic.

    • Paschn

      Well said. Careful though, the badge-lickers will call you a Nazi.

  • Paschn

    How sweetly naïve of people to think they can get a handle on these stinking treasonous swine. Seriously, the filth has/is being trained by the largest terrorist nation in the M.E., Israel.


    Do you really think it matters to those blow-flies in D.C., owned and operated by AIPAC/Israel what the hell you or I think? Every agency, law, action the filth have created or commit has been at the behest of their Central Banker owners. They’ve actually prepared for this type of behavior. Do you think they spontaneously began committing acts and passing laws to remove your civil liberties? From the 9/11 coup to present it’s been engineered to crush dissent guaranteed and legal under our shredded constitution and keep us “in line” at what ever cost. Are you aware the pentagon has been issuing combat grade equipment to the filth in blue? Check it out, perhaps it’ll jolt you awake to the enormity of our situation. The sycophants-in-Blue take an Oath to protect our constitution and we the people and they routinely murder, intimidate, beat, taze, and/or gas us with immunity. Immunity given by WHOM? By the filth who themselves have shredded our sovereign documents, the legislative branch we, (thought) were elected by us and answer to us. That has ensconced lackeys in our Supreme Court to do their bidding. AmeriKa has become Bizarro World, where all things are upside down.

    • Rusty Gunn

      It looks like the KKK/Nazis have shown up.

  • G

    If people really believe in the 2nd Amendment, the cop would have dead from the citizens getting their guns and sending the cop to his grave.

    • harry balzanya

      The second amendment is to preserve the constitution and then the laws under it if that officer is guilty of breaking the law he should haveva trial under the law under the constitution. If mobs begin taking the law into their own hands then my gun will begin shooting at the lawles , oath breaking mobs. The only right people like you care to protect is your right to violate other peoples rights with a gun.

      • Difdi

        Odds are if someone tried to arrest him, someone would have died anyway.

        Either he’d have murdered whoever tried to arrest him, or he’d have been lawfully shot while resisting arrest. Police tend to react to citizen’s arrests attempts on them with violence.


    FUCK THE POLICE. This fat fucking no good cop should be killed.

  • Steven

    Sad to say, but this behavior is so commonplace by cops today that frankly it appears mild compared to both how I’ve been treated at times by the bastards and the videos of police misconduct “under the color of authority” that I’ve seen over the past decade. We’ve militarized them to attack and kill citizens because of the “war on drugs,” allowed them to close ranks and protect themselves from outside scrutiny, and given them far far far too much power under the guise of “protecting our children and families” from the bad guys. Now we’re ALL the bad guys, and regaining control of this is our daily nightmare. I’m SO reminded of Martin Nemoller’s words here:
    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • waltinseattle

      first they rousted the homies..then they rousted the domestic terrorists…then…

      • Proud GrandPa

        HaHa. Love it.
        Join with me in singing “Imagine… no more homos, no more terrorists.”
        I know he wrote homies, not homos. I don’t care. I would be good to crack down on rapists, perverts, and terrorists.

        • Difdi

          And what if the terrorist is wearing a uniform and a badge?

          • Rail Car Fan


            What do you mean by “what if the terrorist is wearing a uniform and a badge?”

            Now days the “terrorists” ARE the ones wearing a uniform and badge!

            We’ve seen them time and time again just on this web site… let alone the other web sites showing their actions being just as bad if not worse!

            And some cops wonder why even their family hates them soo much, let alone the general public.

            Rail Car Fan

          • Proud GrandPa

            No one is above the law. A terrorists on the police force or in the military is still a terrorist. No one should get a pass to commit a crime.
            In the USA we had a Mohammedan in the military kill Americans on a military base. He was no hero… just a bigot and murderer. Same thing happens when the terrorists infiltrate the police of the middle east nations.
            Thank God for the USA! I do. Am grateful to live in such freedom.

          • Voice-Of-Concern

            wait.. are you now saying that bigotry is bad?? That’s a mighty glass house…

        • Voice-Of-Concern

          What is your obsession with thrusting “homos” into everything?

          Is it really what everyone is thinking?

          You can admit it. we won’t judge (much).

    • Proud GrandPa

      Then the liberals came for Tea Party patriots… And conservatives…
      Tea Party Leadership Fund is asking the Federal Election Commission for the same right granted to the Socialist Workers Party to shield the names and information of their donors from the public.


      the same legal principle that grants left-wring groups the right to hide their donors should also cover tea party groups.

      As we very thoroughly document, tea party supporters are subject to an unprecedented level of harassment and abuse

      federal courts and the FEC have recognized that minor party candidates and other political organizations can be entitled to exemptions from disclosure on behalf of their donors, if they might face government retribution or private harassment

  • Bob Emerson

    I hear and see some serious mob mentality trying to get unwanted attention. Almost like kids not getting there way. Of course, i don’t know what they did or didn’t do to deserve them being separated and cuffed.

    • Proud GrandPa

      Yes, one can only wonder. Surely we’ll get an update later.
      Does this have anything to do with photography rights? Or was the problem the officer’s behavior? Was the video taping continued without hindrance? We’ll know more later maybe.

      • Proud GrandPa

        Perhaps this provides a clue to the escalation…
        I’m yanked out of the truck and it made my girlfriend say a few things.

        I can only imagine what she said. Predictable…

        • Difdi

          And yet, the fact remains that she has the rights of a citizen. No one ever needed a heavily protected right to say exactly what a listener wants to hear in the manner they want to hear it, after all.

        • Rail Car Fan

          Just from your above post one could only interpret it to mean…

          “Cops Can Do NO Wrong!”

          Rail Car Fan

          • Proud GrandPa

            I assure you that the possible interpretation is not at all the intended message. It is possible to express sincere disagreement with leos about their behavior without breaking the law. It is also possible to do so and break the law.
            I suspect the latter in his girlfriend’s case. A soft answer turns away wrath. Perhaps that was not how she chose to express herself. I will keep an open mind and try to see all sides here. Thanks for the viewpoint, Rail Car Fan.

      • IcedTeaParty

        If anyone is still ‘wondering’ if this was acceptable police behavior, then there is no hope for them.

        These moments are NOT just about whether or not the police interfered with photography, this is also about the 1st Amendment.

        But maybe you missed the part where the cop told the man to get off his phone, took it from him, and tossed it on the ground.

        Or maybe you think that reference only belongs on a website called “talkingonthephoneisnotacrime.com.”

        • Proud GrandPa

          Interesting… I may be mistaken about the phone matter. Do any lawyers or law students still post here? If so, does anyone know under which, if any, circumstances it is unlawful to stay on a phone when a leo asks you to get off the phone?
          Personally I cannot see any justification for forcibly taking the phone. I know of no one on this website who considers this acceptable behavior.
          Still can a cop demand a civilian get off a cell phone? Why?

          • IcedTeaParty

            Oh. My. God.

          • Proud GrandPa

            No wonder lawyers and law students don’t post here. Too many loonies…

      • MongoLikesCandy

        Yes it has to do with photography rights. This guy is the case-and-point of why citizens absolutely must be allowed to film.

        The right to take photos of beautiful architecture, pretty birds, random pedestrians? Pretty important.

        The right to film as evidence the actions of an out-of-control public servant? More important.

        Even though this officer didnt necessarily stop anyone from filming, he is EXACTLY the reason that the ability to film him is critical. All those people you would refer to as “good” police officers that are seizing cameras and deleting images for no good reason, are essentially just protecting all the “bad” cops.

        And if there is an officer somewhere, sometime who goes absolutely bananas, what other real options do we have citizens really have?

        • Proud GrandPa

          Yes, I can agree with your obliquely. While the article and video does not concern photog’s rights, the article and video demonstrate why photog rights are essential to a free society.
          I share your sentiments about bad officers. It is my belief that most cops would like to see the bad actors removed from the force. Photographers can help. We are all in this together.

    • Difdi

      We know what both sides have said, why do you side with the one who acted unprofessionally by default?

  • crazyassmofo

    Well at least the department does not discriminate against hiring the morbidly obese.

    I guess running a quick 100 yard dash isn’t much of a requirement when you can just fire a bullet which is a lot faster than suspects can run.

  • Freedom_Fighter_of_America

    “The police report says commands were not listened to, so Officer Hart got out his taser and handgun.”

    I take issue with this, not every command has to be obeyed just because it came from some terrorists mouth. It’s the government who has to obey the people. The sooner the masses realize this is when this type of shit will stop.

    • j w

      Cartman Rules

  • Richard Vickers

    here’s what i saw… a bunch of able bodied people standing around and not helping their neighbor as they were assaulted by some asshole. the cops yelling at everyone ” i don’t need you here” as if he is our supreme commander and we live to serve him. If there was 1 person to stand up the bully and say enough is enough, then maybe others would back him up and they could deal with the “officer” accordingly.

    • Difdi

      I believe police are professionals. This means that when I see someone dressed as a police officer acting unprofessionally, it creates a reasonable suspicion in my mind that I am looking at a police impersonator. Impersonating a police officer is a crime. If that crime also breaches the peace (as the individual in the video absolutely did) then it is something that a citizen’s arrest can lawfully be made for.

      A real police officer would have no problems with people calling 911, only an impersonator would view talking to 911 about him as a threat.

      • Richard Vickers

        the problem is the idea of what a police officer was created to be is just that, an idea. today police are not legally bound to protect anyone. only to enforce laws. The new training is an us vs them mentality when it comes to the public. and the feeling is mutual.

    • sarasrebnik

      The problem is, when the man on the ground in the video did just that to defend his daughter-in-law, he was later arrested. It seems that anyone helping with more than the video and phone call would have just been arrested after having a gun put in their face.

      • j w

        A + … The Little Piggy was being an ASS

    • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

      The man’s got a gun, Richard. And he’s obviously unbalanced. Better to be a good witness for the lawsuit, help your neighbor become wealthy.

      • Richard Vickers

        That’s why we have a 2nd amendment. to match equal force against primarily the American government should it ever overstep its bounds. as this agreeably unbalance man has done who is a representative of said government.

  • gurpgurp

    Here Toledos FB page. They actually messaged me back. Total assholes too..


    aaaaaaaaaaaand go!

    • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

      Sent them a message, asking if this officer was still on duty. If so, why?

      • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

        They already messaged me back, said he doesn’t work for them.

    • Ryan French

      This is apparently Washington Township PD, not Toledo.

      • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

        Yeah, I saw that on the car, but not being from around there, I just assumed that was a division of Toledo PD. I sent them a return message, apologizing for the mistake, and suggesting they might want to comment here, disclaiming him as one of theirs.

  • http://www.rockinghorseguy.com/ TheFlashingScotsman

    If I’m ever taken down like that, I hope I can keep calm enough to remember to claim spinal injury when the paramedics show up. Makes for a bigger settlement when I sue the bastards.

  • steveo

    I’m really surprised: with the level of involvement with the bystanders, here, that more officers didn’t show up. When I was arrested for filming an encounter like this, 17 police cars showed up for a routine traffic stop, for which three people were arrested and all charges were eventually dropped.

    Usually with something like this, you have even the SWAT team showing up.

    Bystanders with cameras is the hope for America. God Bless America, Land that I Love.

    • Proud GrandPa

      How does this video differ from yours, Steve? Is it true that your case centered around your recording a video while this present video does not?
      Did your arrest concern anything else that filming? And when did it happen? Court cases in the past year have moved the ball forward so to speak.
      Thanks for an interesting post, Steve.

      • steveo
        • Proud GrandPa

          Thanks. How did this end legally? Were you ever tried or did you sue for civil rights?
          I heard LEOs saying contradictory things about photog rights in this video.

  • Tijuana Joe

    Looks like something the Geneva Convention would explicitly prohibit.

    • Difdi

      You’d be surprised. The Geneva Conventions provide a great deal of protection for uniformed soldiers employed by governments, but almost zero for civilians.

  • Skip Bradley

    This is still ‘fresh’. Let’s wait and see what happens. I think any good Police Chief and council will see the Officer had a ‘melt down’.

    Let’s see where this leads.

    • Proud GrandPa

      Yes, I didn’t see anything in the article about photog rights. An officer with behavioral issues should be discharged. We need more good police.

      • crazyassmofo

        The filming of police in the performance of their duties, whether appropriately or inappropriately, is always about photog rights whether those rights are being infringed upon or not.

  • Eric Mc Cullough

    Cope would’ve been tackled and cuffed.

  • Miff

    Where are the cop killers when you need one?

  • Dan_O
  • BigPoppa

    The Washington Township Police Department, in partnership with our community, is dedicated to preserving the peace and quality of life in Washington Township.

    Would Officer Hart believe he was preserving the peace and quality of life in Washington Township? How about Police Chief Christopher Kaiser – 419.726.0478


    How about the Washington Township Trustees?

    Ken Kay – Chair
    John Henry – Vice Chair
    Denise Rex


  • Clay Caldwell
    • Voice-Of-Concern

      utterly off topic spam

  • Proud GrandPa

    Tea Party Leadership Fund is asking the Federal Election Commission for the same right granted to the Socialist Workers Party to shield the names and information of their donors from the public.


    the same legal principle that grants left-wring groups the right to hide their donors should also cover tea party groups.

    As we very thoroughly document, tea party supporters are subject to an unprecedented level of harassment and abuse

    federal courts and the FEC have recognized that minor party candidates and other political organizations can be entitled to exemptions from disclosure on behalf of their donors, if they might face government retribution or private harassment

    • Voice-of-Concern

      Grandpa. Go home. You are drunk.

      • Voice-of-Concern

        Aka COMPLETELY off topic.

  • Adam L. Labonoski


    Christopher Kaiser



    The Washington Township Police Department, in partnership with
    our community, is dedicated to preserving the peace and quality of life
    in Washington Township.


  • BLBL

    Here is some information that didn’t come with this news story. The officer initiated a traffic stop because the vehicle he was stopping had altered license plates. During the traffic stop the gray SUV we get to see pulls up behind the vehicle, and the man steps out yelling expletives at the police officer.

    Now this may not seem like much but it just became a potentially deadly situation for the police officer. He has a potential threat in front of him, not knowing the driver’s state of mind or if there are weapons in the vehicle but knowing that the license plate was altered which may point to a number of criminal reasons why someone may want to do that. And now he has a grown man behind him, the mans girlfriend, and a teenager. The man is verbally aggressive and steps out of the vehicle. The officer doesn’t know that mans intentions, doesn’t know if he is related to female driver of the vehicle he initially stopped. I can tell you that this is a classic ambush situation for police officers and many have died in a situation similar to this.

    The officer detains them all and arrests the male driver for interfering with an investigation and resisting arrest, which means at some point the officer perceived that the male driver was attempting to resist and avoid his being arrested. The girlfriend is verbally resistant as well and the officer still doesn’t know if there are weapons in the car and so she is detained as well, though not arrested, and the teenager is brought out of the vehicle and laid on the ground not handcuffed, probably because the officer ran out of handcuffs. Now keep in mind this is a teenager, the people driving him around were either verbally or physically aggressive towards the officer, and he has no cuffs to put on him. We don’t know if he is armed, we don’t know what he is capable of, and so he gets to lay down like the others until we can figure things out.

    Now I can’t defend why the first male was picked up by his pants and shoulder, that isn’t how we were taught to do it. The woman screaming her head off because she is being patted down doesn’t mean anything, people act like that sometimes. She may have been in discomfort because her hands were behind her back but that is a control hold that is taught at the academy and it is reasonable to use that.

    I don’t know why there weren’t other officers there, maybe they were on their way, maybe they should have already been there. I can tell you that in some places your cover unit is 10, 15, 20 minutes away and he may not have had a chance to call for one until he already had them on the ground and cuffed.

    I can’t give you a good reason why he took the mans phone from him. He may have thought that he was related to the suspects some how and was calling in more friends. That has happened before to the demise of police officers. But I digress.

    This sort of footage that starts halfway through an incident normally when force is used and doesn’t offer anything beforehand or afterwards does nothing but stir up unjustified anger and hate from those who don’t know any better and don’t understand what cops think in situations like this and have to deal with or hear about on a regular basis.

    I wanted to research this myself and on one blog in particular someone said that because of this cops would have to start growing eyes in the back of their heads so they could see him coming, and that even then it would be too late. That person in particular whoever he may be may already be too far gone and may have thought the same had he seen the vehicle drive up behind the officer and the man jump out yelling. However there are many reasonable people left in the world that may have a slightly different opinion on this video if they are afforded the right to all the facts.

    Someone once said you have a right to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.

    Here is my source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/watch-ohio-paid-leave-video-shows-heated-traffic-stop-article-1.1460953

    • Voice-Of-Concern

      I just checked your “source”, but was not able to confirm that several
      of the things you state above as “facts” are actually factual. Indeed, it’s pretty early into this matter, for anyone to be making definitive statements of fact.

      I am waiting to see more video, and /or witness statements.

      • Proud GrandPa

        Yes, it pays to be cautious.
        Score another one for the police. The hate mail at cops here makes PINAC look bad. Just another case of lost credibility for poor Carlos.

        • Voice-Of-Concern

          What the Fuck are you talking about?

          Where does “score one for the cops” come from, other than your ass?

          In what way does PINAC lose credibility, by showing this video.

          As Daniel Saulmon said in a video he recently ousted “Always video the Police. Always.”

        • KG O

          No issue with being cautious, that’s sound advice for anyone. No one scored here, at the end of the day, the citizens of this township are the ones that will suffer.
          Either with continuing to employ Officer Hart, who is shown in the above video as being outside the norm, when it comes to community policing.
          And/or with having to shell out taxpayer dollars in settlement/fees etc…because of the actions of Officer Hart.
          Get real gramps.

    • KG O

      Where were your facts generated? Based upon a Police Report, written by the Officer in question?

      You begin the post by stating that the incident was a “potentially deadly situation”, sadly this can be generated for all LEO interactions.

      The facts offered by the Video tell me more than a police report. I see an LEO who is not able to remain calm, and in control of his interactions with citizens of the township, of which he is in the employ of. He physically threatens, compliant, though verbal, citizens who are handcuffed and/or physically detained.

      “Now I can’t defend why the first male was picked up by his pants and shoulder, that isn’t how we were taught to do it.” Sure you are, recall it was a “potentially deadly situation” any force, other than deadly in this instance, for the safety of the officer is okay. Right?

      Or maybe, it was an individual whom decided to take liberties with citizens to teach them a lesson, as he had a badge, and believes he has extra rights, than others.

      “It was totally uncalled for, the way [the officer] was using force on people,” said Jim Stechschulte, a witness. “I’m sorry to say that, but that’s the way it is and if they don’t like it, so be it.”

      According to the Washington Township Police Department site, http://washington-twp.com/policecss.htm:

      “The Washington Township Police Department, in partnership with our community, is dedicated to preserving the peace and quality of life in Washington Township.”

      Please elaborate, how Officer Hart, through his actions and management of this incident, was dedicated to preserving the peace and quality of life in Washington Township? If anything, Officer Hart has brought dishonor to the community of Washington Township, and opened them up to an expensive and costly litigation from the recipients of his wrath.

      Who’ll pay? The citizens of Washington Township, due to the inappropriate and uncalled for actions of a man with a badge and a gun, who was either unable or unwilling to treat the members of his community with dignity and respect, even when they choose not to provide the same.

      That’s leadership and the choice when makes when choosing to serve at the pleasure of the people.

      FYI, here’s and update from a local news source. http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2013/09/18/WashingtonTwp-TPS-officer-puton-paid-leave.html

      What I find truly disconcerting, is Officer Hart is a part time in the capacity showed in the video, however he’s full time as a school resource officer. Sure as hell don’t want that temperament around school children.

    • yakasha

      So the 2nd car yelling at the officer convinced him he was in danger from the nasty recording being made by the neighbor, so he had to grab it and throw it away?

      lol, no. OMG A CELL CAMERA?!?!

      The cop was a sh!.t. no excuses possible. Move along.

  • Boomer

    Washington Township is in trouble as long as this individual has a badge and a firearm, and can use them at his discretion.

    I observed him holding his taser on an individual already in cuffs, laying on the ground, and that should make him subject to severe discipline at least.

    I observed him raise three different people from the ground using a technique which isn’t calculated to do anything but cause pain, not compliance.

    I observed him yank the cell phone from the individual, and throw it on the ground, with no basis in the law for such an action.

    I don’t know what this “officer” thinks he was doing at this location, however once these people were handcuffed and on the ground his behavior was completely out of bounds. Waving that taser around is similar to waving his pistol around, and it’s just as dangerous if not more so because Hart doesn’t seem to think the citizens he’s sworn to “protect and serve” are at any risk from him.

    It’s so very sad when we see these videos, because it’s just as clear to me as the day is long that it’s become “us vs. them” for so many cops that it’s not even all that unique. This officer reminds me a great deal of Disreali Arnold down in Texas. The only exception is that Arnold was fired for his actions.

    Hart will probably not be disciplined more than a paid suspension, if that. And I’m sure he really is confused as to why people hate cops.

  • byby

    wake up America you are now all sheep and have given up your rights
    in response BLBL lawyer up that may have worked many years ago but these are different times they will use the legal system they control to their advantage to drag this out until you have no more money to defend your rights. I have seen simpler issues cost $100k plus in legal fees. Even if you win the government is protected from such suits and you will never get your legal costs back. Trust me if you win or lose you will have a target on your back and will face more issues in the future
    today if you ask a hard question or speak out publicly that awakens the general public they will use what ever tool they have to silence you.
    If you are not a member of the club you are just a pawn. If the pawn fails to walk in step, speaks out or shakes up the apple cart you can be assured the pawns life will change

  • Thomas Ratcliff

    ok how did he yank people out of a car if he had his gun in one hand and his taser in his other hand, does he have four arms or some thing

  • Clint

    I had an incident like this once (but not quite as intense). I was maybe 17 or 18, and I had driven to a Winn Dixie late at night. Walking back to my car, I notice a police car pull right behind my car, blocking me into my space. He had pulled someone over for taking a red light. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind moving his car just a few inches so I could get out. He got all high and mighty saying things like he has a right to be there, etc. He then proceeds to flirt with the two women he had pulled over. For a good 30 minutes, they were talking and giggling, and he ended up letting them go without a ticket. He then walks up to me, and I thought he was going to apologize. Instead, he asked to see my license and registration. Because it was my mom’s car, I couldn’t find the registration, so he issued me a ticket for that. But not before giving me a lecture about what an awful brat I was, how I have no respect for authority, etc. I have never forgotten this incident, and I wish I knew then what I know now (largely thanks to PINAC) because there would’ve been hell to pay!

  • Jim Holmes

    Cops once had a bunch of folks stopped and put them in cuffs on our lawn. I went out back and turned on the sprinklers – and went back to bed.
    One quiet way to get them all off the lawn.

  • hang3xc

    Again, nothing happens to cop at all. Paid leave. Back on the job. Everything went as it should, so say the cops.

    I know it’s old but I like to follow up on old things to see what, if anything, ever came of it, and, once again, nothing did.