A new video of Ohio police misconduct and racial profiling has gone viral.
On Wednesday, 34-year-old Andre Stockett and Karthyn Said were driving with their two-week old baby when police pulled them over and asked for Said’s license. Stockett sensed something was not right and decided to capture the events on his cellphone.
Once officer Christopher Denny checked Said’s license to see if it was valid— and it turned out to be—he directed his attention to Stockett. The Ohio officer asked for Stockett’s ID and when Stockett refused and probed why the officer responded, “Cause you look exactly like a person that has warrants, Ok.”
The officer then asks him to step out of the car, which he also refuses. You then hear the officer refer to Stockett as “Mr. Newell.”
“I’m not Mr. Newell…I have done nothing wrong, you have no probable cause, I’m not coming outside the car, I’m scared for my life,” Stockett said. “I haven’t done anything wrong, I haven’t broken the law… I don’t have to get out the car, I don’t have to tell you who I am.”
Following a back and forth between Stockett and Denny, Denny has a K9 unit sniff around the vehicle looking for illegal substances. It is then the couple is forced out of the vehicle due to the canine “hitting” on the car. The officer even threatens to give the couple’s newborn to Child Protective Services.
As stated by the Sandusky Register, the Sandusky Police Department believes Denny acted accordingly. Sandusky police Assistant Chief Phil Frost said Denny stopped Said’s car because her Ohio license plate number showed she had an expired Ohio driver’s license.
Watch the so-called “lawful” traffic stop below.