Ohio police sergeant on leave after video shows him beating woman during arrest


An Ohio police sergeant was put on paid leave after a video surfaced of him repeatedly punching a black woman in the head while arresting her outside a McDonald’s in Butler Township, police said.

The video shows two police officers, identified as Sgt. Todd Stanley and Officer Tim Zellers wrestling with a woman. Zellers seemingly holds a taser to the face of the woman, identified as Laticka Hancock, when Stanley punches her three times.

Attorney Michael Wright, who represents Hancock, said at a news conference Wednesday that she ordered McDonald’s and realized the order was missing cheese she had paid extra for, so she went back to the restaurant to have her order corrected. Wright said the chef at the McDonalds asked Hancock to pay an extra 30 cents for the addition when she produced a receipt to prove her order was incorrect.

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The manager told Hancock to leave the store, Wright said, and that the police were called. He said Hancock waited in the McDonald’s parking lot for police to arrive so she could tell her version of events.

Wright said Stanley and Zellers arrived on the scene and asked Hancock for her ID.

“This shouldn’t have happened,” said Wright. “These agents were totally out of bounds.”

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Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick Foward, who joined Wright and Hancock at their press conference, said a Taser was also held to her face. He called for Stanley’s resignation and Zellers’ suspension.

Butler Township police chief Jim Porter said in a briefing that Stanley had been put on leave following public backlash from the incident so that “we [Butler Township Police Department] could complete this with as little distraction as possible.”

Zellers was not sent on furlough, Porter said.

See the next update on the ongoing investigation.

Posted by Butler Township Police on Friday, January 20, 2023

“I don’t want people to feel like I’m complaining about a piece of cheese,” said Hancock. “The message behind everything is misinterpreted.”

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The Butler Township Police Department said the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office are all investigating the incident.

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