Cop Threatens To Take Man’s Baby To “Children’s Services” Over Refusal To Show ID
A police officer in Ohio was caught on video threatening to take away a man’s children and place under CPS oversight because he refused to ID himself during a routine traffic stop.
Andre Stockett was stopped by Sandusky police officer Christopher Denny, who said he believed Stockett to be another person, a suspect with outstanding felony warrants.
At first the officer claimed he stopped Stockett and his girlfriend, Kathryn Said, because the license plate number indicated her driver’s license was expired. When she produced a valid license, the cop changed the story, suggesting that the couple were driving without headlights at dusk. Then the officer began referring to Stockett as “Mr Newell”.
“That’s not me… That’s every black man.” Stockett protested, maintaining that he did not have to identify himself because there was no probable cause for detainment.
When Denny ordered Stockett to step out of the car, he refused saying “I fear for my life”.
The officer then called for a K-9 unit to search outside the car, and claimed a dog had alerted him to the presence of drugs, prompting Stockett to react by saying the officer is “full of sh*t.”
Officer Denny then told the couple that their children would “go to Children’s Services” if they continued to obstruct a police investigation, and that his probable cause was their “nervousness”.
“This baby is not about to be taken from me,” Said told the officer.
Eventually, fearing for their child’s well being, the couple stepped out of the car and were arrested on obstruction charges.
Speaking to the Sandusky Register, the Sandusky police chief claimed that the mention of Children’s Services was not a threat, adding that he “would rather it not be taken as a threat.”
The couple’s attorney, however, stated that it was problematic that the officer suggestd he would take away children in order to “further the interest of the drug task force”. The attorney also questioned the officer’s claim of probable cause. “To establish probable cause, (police) say, ‘Oh, the person’s nervous,’” said attorney Geoff Oglesby. “It appears now this is a script.”
Speaking to reporters, after his release, Stockett said “It was so unprofessional. I tried to compose myself as long as I could … My girl takes the baby out of the car, and they search the car seat. I’m sitting in a police car, and I can’t do nothing about that. He’s two weeks old.”
The couple plan to take the case to trial.