EUCLID - The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained police video showing how quickly a traffic stop turned into a tense struggle.
This case happened last month in Euclid. The video shows things turn loud and unpredictable as police asked for the I.D. of a passenger.
Dominique Campbell, the passenger, ended up getting arrested.
He says a friend was driving with him and three children in the back seat. A report shows police pulled over the car because a headlight was out.
The video shows Euclid police removing Campbell from the car when he didn’t identify himself.
Last year, a traffic stop in Sandusky made headlines after that stop turned ugly as police asked a passenger for I.D.
In this case, Euclid police say they had good reason to ask Campbell for his identity. They say they saw him violating a traffic law, not wearing a seatbelt.
On the video, Campbell can be heard saying he had a seatbelt on. Campbell told the I-Team the first officer approaching the car never asked him for any identification.
Campbell says he has law enforcement officers in his family, and he says he and his young son both put their hands up as police approached the car.
Nonetheless, police have charged Campbell with Obstructing Official Business and not wearing a seatbelt.
Officers say the best way to avoid what happened here is to do what police ask. If you don’t like it, argue about it later in court.
Campbell has a court date to fight his charges next month.