In Toledo, Ohio, a routine traffic stop turned a bit bizarre when the transport cop forced the family to lie down in the road at gunpoint.
Neighbors in the suburb captured the entire incident on video.
It all started when mother-of-two Cassandra Meyers was pulled over by officer Eric Hart for a license plate violation. Meyers’ father-in-law, Aaron Tatkowski, arrived on scene shortly after with his girlfriend and Meyers’ two children.
Tatkowski has said he approached Officer Hart because he didn’t like the way he was speaking to his daughter-in-law.
He is reported to have said: “I’m [expletive] sick of you cops. I’m [expletive] sick of you harassing people for no reason.”
The cop told Tatkowski to get back into the vehicle. But as he was settling in his truck, something happened.
“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.”
He then threw Tatkowski, his girlfriend, his daughter-in-law, and 14-year-old son to the ground.
Because that was necessary.
As for the officer, he says his commands were not listened to, so he had to use the proper force. But when this video went viral, things changed. He’s now on paid administrative leave.
As for Meyers and Tatkowski, they still got the short end of the stick.
Tatkowski, 40, was charged with misconduct at an emergency, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned Monday in Toledo Municipal Court, pleaded not guilty, and was released from the Lucas County jail on his own recognizance.
Meyers, 21, was arrested and booked into the Lucas County jail Sunday night for obstructing official business, tampering with evidence, fictitious plates, and a tax payment warrant.
Watch the video above to see if the cop was out of line…or if he was just doing his job.