Texas Officer on Administrative Duty After Tasering 76-Year-Old Man

Texas Officer on Administrative Duty After Tasering 76-Year-Old Man
Officer Nathanial Robinson slamming Pete Vasquez into the police cruiser Dec. 11, 2014, as shown by dash-cam footage

The Victoria, Texas, Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after one of its officers allegedly used a stun gun on a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop, the Victoria Advocate reports.

Officer Nathanial Robinson, 23, is reportedly on administrative duty following the Thursday incident, during which, it is alleged, he violated the department’s policy on the use of force while arresting Pete Vasquez.

The encounter began after the cop, who joined the force after graduating from the police academy two years ago, stopped Vasquez because of an expired inspection sticker on the car the older man was driving. Vasquez was driving the car back to the car dealership where he does some mechanical work, the Advocate notes.

Vasquez exited the vehicle, which the Advocate reports is owned by the car lot, and tried to get the dealership’s manager while he explained to Robinson that there were dealer tags on the car, which would make him exempt from the inspection.

Nevertheless, Robinson is seen in a dashboard camera video arresting the older man, whom he grabbed by the arm and pushed into the hood of the cruiser. Officers say that after the two men fell out of the frame, Robinson tasered Vaquez twice while he was on the ground.

“He just acted like a pit bull, and that was it,” Vasquez told the Advocate. “For a while I thought he was going to pull his gun and shoot me.”

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