15 Dec 2014

Victoria, TX cop tackles and tasers 76 year old man for an expired registration sticker. Even worse, turns out the the sticker was unnecessary because it was a new car with dealer tags

A Victoria police officer is under investigation after a 76-year-old man accused him of using excessive force during a traffic stop.
The officer, Nathanial Robinson, 23, was placed on administrative duty Friday pending the outcome of an internal investigation into whether he violated the use of force policy when he tased Victoria resident Pete Vasquez, said Chief J.J. Craig. The officer was hired after graduating from the police academy two years ago.
The incident happened Thursday after Robinson saw an expired inspection sticker on the car Vasquez was driving back to Adam's Auto Mart, 2801 N. Laurent St., where he helps with mechanical work.

Vasquez got out of the car, which is owned by the car lot, attempting to get the manager. He pointed out to the officer the dealer tags on the back of the car, which would make it exempt from having an inspection.
Police dashboard camera video shows Robinson arresting Vasquez for the expired sticker.

When the officer first grabbed Vasquez's arm, the older man pulled it away. Robinson then pushed Vasquez down on the hood of the police cruiser. The two fell out of the camera's video frame, but police said the officer used the Taser on Vasquez twice while he was on the ground.

"He just acted like a pit bull, and that was it," Vasquez said. "For a while, I thought he was going to pull his gun and shoot me."
Vasquez was handcuffed, placed in the back of the police cruiser and taken to Citizens Medical Center, where he remained in police custody for two hours.
Craig said the police department's dash cam footage "raises some concerns."

He decided to open the investigation after viewing the footage and has personally apologized to Vasquez for the incident.
"Public trust is extremely important to us," Craig said. "Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department."
The internal investigation also will examine the details of the arrest. Driving with an expired inspection sticker is a Class C misdemeanor, typically addressed with a citation. Because Vasquez was driving a car with dealer tags, the car was exempt, Craig confirmed. Vasquez was released from the hospital without being cited.

If the investigation finds Robinson violated the use of force policy, his possible punishment ranges from a letter of reprimand to suspension without pay or termination, Craig said.
District Attorney Stephen Tyler said he has not been contacted by police about the case or seen the video.

First, authorities must determine whether criminal wrongdoing, moral wrongdoing or a policy violation occurred.
Possible charges include official oppression, injury to elderly, aggravated assault and assault, he said.

Tyler said the incident was bad timing given the headlines dominating national news, but said Victoria isn't Ferguson, Mo., or New York.

"You want to make sure you give the right kind of person a badge and a gun," he said.
Larry Urich, a 62-year-old sales manager at the car lot, said watching the scuffle unfold made him sick. He said he wanted the officer fired and prosecuted for excessive use of force and causing bodily harm to an elderly person.

"I told the officer, 'What in the hell are you doing?' This gentleman is 76 years old," Urich said. "The cop told me to stand back, but I didn't shut up. I told him he was a g-------- Nazi Stormtrooper."
Urich followed behind the police car that drove Vasquez to the hospital and waited until his friend was released.
"There should have been an ambulance called for this elderly gentleman," Urich said. "He should not have been handcuffed to go to the emergency room when he had not done anything wrong."



  2. ....so they these dirty, useless cocksuckers can spot something the size of a stamp but they can't seem to find any illegals or real criminals. This piece of shit should be fired and sued for everything he has. That is the only way to stop these assaults short of stacking their bodies like cordwood. Nonviolence has to be the first choice.

  3. You wanna find out someone's true character? Give them a badge and a gun

  4. http://youtu.be/IDsnCrSfzCQ?li... -This documentary about stupidity tells us the history of the word "moron", the difference between stupid, moron, smart, intelligent, genius and questions the regular practice of classifying peoples intelligence through standardized IQ tests. Of course also Mr. Bush is examined in this report. A well educated guy who, nevertheless, acts in a completely dumb way -- or at least wants us to believe so. Albert Einstein said: "Only two things are infinite the universe and stupidity. and I am not sure about the former."

  5. Just ask Hoosier's what lawmakers in Indiana think of this kind of behaviour? 2 years ago they codified that if an officer is clearly acting outside his lawful authority, any measure up to and including deadly force may be used to stop him. After the run of stories coming out of Texas, I think Texas lawmakers need to take a long hard look at these heavy handed bastards and give the citizenry the tools to deal with it since the "just us" system can't seem to do it. This guy shoudl be fired and banned from public "service" FOREVER! This would be for his own safety since if he came to Indiana, he might not make it a week on the job.

  6. Illegals and criminals can shoot back. 76 year old men don't. I'm beginning to think, with all the stories in the news, that COP = COWARD. They're all gunned and badassed up but when it comes down to it, they're trigger happy cowards. It just keeps happening over and over and over and over and over and over and over!!! All one needs to do is look at the news. Has it always been this bad and the news just didn't publish it or is it really getting worse?

  7. Charge this pinhead cop with felonious assault and take his badge before the rest of us do. Get some class behind the constitutional move to end punk police brutality.

  8. "Internal investigation"? Nah, put the cop in jail awaiting trial for assault.

  9. the cop should be arrested for assault and tried by a jury of elderly citizens.