Sandusky officer placed on leave in review of controversial traffic stop

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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:

"We have an outstanding Police Chief and a department of men and women who are dedicated to protecting and defending all of the citizens of Sandusky with professionalism and respect. At its core, the success of our Police Department is public confidence. Any incident that threatens to detract from that confidence is something we take very seriously. Just as we rely on our citizens to assist us in our efforts to fight crime, we rely on them to bring to our attention any incidents that threaten the public’s confidence in our department."
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