Ohio police quit after violent arrest of black group on golf cart
Two Ohio police officers resigned and a local police chief was placed on administrative leave following a disturbing incident where cops deployed tasers during a traffic stop of a group of blacks in a golf cart.
Put-in-Bay Police Chief Steve Riddle was put on leave and two officers involved in the incident – Lt. Michael Russo and Staff Sgt. Melissa Wilde – has resigned, it was announced on Wednesday.
Police approached a group of 11 blacks sitting on a 10-person golf cart on Saturday after they failed to stop at a sign and made their way onto the pavement.
Dramatic body camera video shows officers first arrest a woman suspected of hiding drugs in her pants, but when her peers start shouting in protest, the officers become aggressive with the group, teasing several of them and order them to lie on the ground. stomachs.
Two Ohio police officers resigned and a local police chief was placed on administrative leave following a disturbing incident where cops deployed tasers during a traffic stop of a group of blacks in a golf cart. The group stopped above
Police accused woman of hiding drugs in her pants when stopping traffic
When the cops arrested her, the group started to protest and scream. The cops then became aggressive, leading the group to raise their hands to surrender
Police called for reinforcements and brandished their guns, pointing them at the group when they shouted and protested the arrest of the woman and another man in the group.
Body camera footage of the incident released by prosecutors on Wednesday shows Put-in-Bay police first stopping a group of whites on a golf cart, checking their licenses and appearing to write them a ticket, before to chase the other golf cart.
The agents chase the black cart and obligingly stop.
The agents approach the group to ask for the driver’s license. As they check it out, a cop accuses a woman in the group of allegedly stuffing something into her pants, although it was not filmed, and stops him.
The driver became angry with the arrest, which led to a police officer ordering his counterpart to stop the driver.
‘What I do? What I do?’ the driver said in the officer’s face, resulting in a fight with a cop, causing the group to scream.
The two policemen grab the arms of the man who shouts: “Tell me, what charges? Tell me, what costs? ‘
The two officers then take out their weapons and order the group to get down. The group begins to scream and scream asking why and raise their arms in surrender, as the cops call for reinforcements.
Reinforcement officers arrived at the scene and forced the group to lie on their stomachs on the ground.
This man, the driver of the golf cart, protested his arrest and was tracked down by police
Two officers tased him and pinned the driver of the golf cart to the ground as seen above in body camera footage of the incident
A view of the group stopped on the ground above. Nine people – six men and three women – were arrested and most were charged with assault, aggravated rioting, resisting arrest and incitement to violence
Other police officers arrived at the scene, including one armed with a gun and another with a Taser.
An officer is seen deploying a taser at a man, forcing him to fall to the ground as a nearby woman shouts “He didn’t do anything.”
While the driver of the golf cart remains standing, the cops tease him and at least two police officers pin him to the ground shouting, “Stop resisting!” “
The two cops are heard questioning the driver about a drug he allegedly passed on to his girlfriend. A report on the incident does not indicate that drugs were found on the woman, according to the Sandusky Registry.
“You are all going to jail,” Lt. Russo is heard saying in the video.
In the police car, Russo is heard saying to the arrested group, “So have a good time in Mansfield, referring to Mansfield Correctional Facility.” “The drug trade is really good, isn’t it?” “
One of the officers who made the arrests was reportedly punched in the face, but no punch was seen on camera. The police department said no officer was injured in the incident.
Put-In-Bay Ohio Police Chief Steve Riddle was put on administrative leave Wednesday over the golf cart arrest and previous incidents
A total of six men and three women were arrested. Most were charged with inciting violence, aggravated riot, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
On Monday, the six men Aaron Tucker, Spencer Robinson, Ryan Hollingshead, Damejion Smith, Shalon Shelton and Trae Caffey appeared in Ottawa County Municipal Court and had their charges dismissed and they were released from jail.
They claim the arrest was racially motivated, according to Cleveland19.
The three women – Diamone Wilson, Panizie Hunter and Paris Hunter – were not jailed after the incident and were each given a summons to court for their charges, prosecutor James VanEerten said. Their cases are still pending, but VanEerten said they would also likely be dismissed, according to the Register now.
Two of the men arrested in the case pictured Monday after being released from prison holding a sign saying “Enough is enough against racism”
A small protest took place outside the Ottawa County Jail on Monday before the announcement of the dropping of charges. Protesters cheered as the group was released one by one
Protesters pictured demanding the release of the men outside the Ottawa County Jail on Monday. Men arrested say incident was racially motivated
“It was just a normal, routine traffic stop, and then (an officer) pulled out his gun. Next thing I know I’m arrested, ” Aaron Tucker said upon his release.
A small protest took place outside the Ottawa County Jail on Monday before the announcement of the dropping of charges. Protesters cheered as the group was released one by one.
VanEerten says the officers involved in the incident are Russo, Cpl. Terry Rutledge, Sergeant. Melissa Wilde, Captain Matt Mariano, Patroller Nick Santoro, Officer Luis Valdez and Officer Dwayne Webb. An eighth officer has not been identified.
“It was a situation that got out of hand very quickly,” VanEerten said, saying he was reviewing the footage.
It is not yet clear that the Put-in-Bay officers involved could face charges such as assault.