SANDUSKY, Ohio -- An officer involved in a controversial traffic stop in Sandusky has been placed on administrative leave, and the matter has been turned over to the Lucas County Sheriff's Office.
Andre Stockett, of Huron, and his girlfriend were stopped by Sandusky police Oct. 1 on a traffic violation. Stockett, who claims he is constantly being harassed by police, videotaped the stop.
During the video, you can hear the officer asking Stockett several times to identify himself. The officer said that Stockett looked like a man wanted on a felony warrant.
Police said they stopped the car because the Ohio license plate number showed Stockett’s girlfriend had an expired Ohio driver’s license. She now, however, has a valid Michigan license.
Stockett and his girlfriend were both charged with obstructing official business.
In a release issued Wednesday, Sandusky City Manager Eric Wobser said the city had thoroughly reviewed the traffic stop, and based on a preliminary internal review, there were discrepancies made by Officer Christopher Denny.
Those discrepancies "have led to the decision to place him on administrative leave and to utilize the Lucas County Sheriff's Office, Internal Investigation Unit, to pursue an investigation."
That investigation is expected to take between two to three weeks.
The release said over the last 48 hours, an internal review has been initiated along with a review of training programs, officer recruitment and hiring procedures.
The release also states: