A police officer from Washington Township in Toledo, Ohio is on paid leave after what started as a "routine" traffic stop took an incredibly nasty turn. 

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The cop in question had reportedly just pulled over a man's daughter-in-law for a license plate violation ... and then somehow things got ugly, with the family - including a 14-year-old boy - being thrown on the ground while the officer pointed a gun at their heads.

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Read more from the affiliate, below:

"Aaron Tatkowski said the officer, Eric Hart, was speaking to Meyers in a way that upset him, so Tatkowski got out of his truck and questioned the officer's actions. Hart told him to get back in his car and Tatkowski said he obliged but what happened next shocked the neighborhood.

"Next thing you know, I'm yanked out of the truck and it made my girlfriend say a few things. He yanked her out of the truck." Tatkowski told WTOL 11.

He, along with his girlfriend, daughter-in-law, and 14-year-old son say they were pulled out of the truck and thrown to the ground by Officer Hart. His two granddaughters remained in the truck and were not involved.

That's when a concerned neighbor fired up a camera and captured the rest of the events on camera. At one point, Hart was pointing a Taser and a hand at the family, pointing them directly at Tatkowski's head as he lay on the road next to his son.

Tatkowski says he followed all of the officer's directions but was arrested. 

Hart was treated at the scene for scratches. The police department stands by Hart's actions, saying the family was not listening to the officer's commands."

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