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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -
A Washington Township Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a video of a weekend traffic stop drew controversy.
The video showed Officer Eric Hart pointing a tazer at a man and a woman on the ground. Many said the officer crossed the line with the force he used on the two, along with their teenage son. The Washington Township Police Department says Hart was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday.
The incident stemmed from a traffic stop involving a modified Ohio license plate. According to a police report, Aaron Tatkowski returned home while Officer Hart's vehicle was blocking his driveway. Tatkowski ended up on the ground handcuffed, before being placed in the back seat of Hart's vehicle.
The video of the incident has already been viewed nearly 80,000 times on YouTube.
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