Video of a Sandusky traffic stop circulating on social media this week has spurred debate citywide, and beyond.
A local man is outraged by police behavior, a Sandusky attorney deemed it a bogus stop, and the assistant police chief stressed that officers’ actions were in accordance with proper procedure.
On Wednesday, at 7:07 p.m., Andre Stockett, 34, of Huron, was a passenger in a car that was stopped by Sandusky police at Remington Avenue and Cleveland Road.
The driver was Kathryn Said, 30, of Taylor, Mich., with the couple’s two-week-old infant tucked in the backseat.
Sandusky police Assistant Chief Phil Frost said Officer Christopher Denny stopped Said’s car because her Ohio license plate number showed she had an expired Ohio driver’s license.
Legal traffic stop, or not?
Said handed over her valid Michigan license, and it was at about that point Stockett flipped on his phone’s video recorder.
According to Denny’s police report, he’d watched Said pick up Stockett outside an apartment building and suspected he was Jeremy Newell, a man wanted on felony warrants.
In Stockett’s video, Denny is seen re-approaching the car on Stockett’s side. After Denny seemingly asks for Stockett’s ID, or for him to step out of the car, the conversation goes roughly as follows:
Stockett: “No, for what?”
Denny: “Cause you look exactly like a person that has warrants, OK?”
Stockett: “But that’s not me.”
Denny: “OK, then you can ID yourself.”
Stockett: “I don’t have to ID myself.”
Denny: “Yes, you do.”
Stockett: “I’m not answering none of your questions.”
Denny threatens Stockett with arrest for obstruction, and shortly thereafter addresses him as “Mr. Newell.”