VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — The trial for a Butler Township police officer accused of punching a woman several times in the face is set to begin Thursday morning.
The incident began when a woman returned to the Butler Township McDonald’s claiming that they had gotten her cheeseburger order wrong. The employees then called the police.
Bystander cell phone video shows a police officer punch the woman, 31-year-old Laticka Hancock, in the face three times. That officer was identified as Todd Stanley.
Police said that Hancock allegedly refused to identify herself and resisted arrest. However, in a press conference in January, the Butler Township Police Department said it is not typically standard for a police officer to punch or hit a person in the face to get them to comply with orders.
Stanley is set to appear in the Vandalia Municipal Court on Thursday at 9 a.m. In April, Stanley pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail.