Dayton – A Ohio officer was placed on leave after a viral video was pushed around the country with people demanding answers.
The incident started on January 16, 2023, with Laticka Hancock, 31, of Dayton, buying a Big Mac and returning to the restaurant a short time later because it did not have the extra cheese on the sandwich she paid for. The Mcdonald’s manager ordered the sandwich remade, but asked her to pay for the extra cheese after the discussion. This erupted a verbal fight with the woman and she was asked to leave, when she did not police were called to the scene.
When police arrived on the scene they asked for her identification and she refused and escalated the situation. Police then attempted to place her in handcuffs for failure to identify. That’s when the woman fought back and in the video, you can see the officer strike her in the face several times.
Police said the officer who was seen punching Hancock has been placed on paid administrative leave, and has asked the attorney general’s office to take over the investigation.
Hancock’s attorneys, the law office of Wright & Schulte, released a statement regarding the incident:
“Hancock ordered a Big Mac with extra cheese from the McDonald’s in Butler Township on January 16. When the sandwich didn’t have the extra cheese she ordered and paid for, she drove to McDonald’s to get the order done correctly. After discussing the matter with McDonald’s personnel, McDonald’s employees called the police. According to Wright, as Hancock was leaving the restaurant, Butler Township police officers confronted her and during the incident she was punched repeatedly in the head, sending her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a head injury,” a spokesperson from Wright & Schulte said.