Traffic Stop Caught on Camera Causes Controversy

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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.

“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.”

Tatkowski was treated on the scene and taken to the hospital with a cut to his elbow and knee. According to the police report, Officer Hart received scratches in the struggle and was treated at the scene.

The Washington Township Police chief said he stands by the police report, but made no further comment.

Seems like WTP Police Chief Christopher Kaiser may want to review the above video, and adjust his comments accordingly.

As to Officer Hart, I wonder if he got those scratches physically manipulating the three individuals who were compliant on the ground.


Christopher Kaiser

Reach out to the WTP Trustee’s to find out if they’re okay with this type of behavior of a man employed by the people.

The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1.

Ken Kay ~ Chair
John Henry ~ Vice Chair
Denise Rex



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