Tasers are designed to be used be police as non lethal weapons as a last resort before taking lethal action. Not anymore, apparently. Now cops in Texas use them if your car inspection sticker is out of date.
This is what 76-year-old Victoria resident Pete Vasquez discovered last week, as reported by theVictoria Advocate.
Vasquez, a car dealer by trade was attempting to transport a vehicle with dealer tags on it, when he was confronted by police officer Nathaniel Robinson.
Dashcam footage shows that when Vasquez was flagged by the officer, he got out of the car and attempted to get the dealer’s manager. He pointed to the dealer tags, which make it exempt from having an inspection, but to no avail as Robinson grabbed hold of him and forced him down onto the police car’s hood.
When Vasquez attempted to pull away, the two ended up on the ground out of shot, which is when the officer deployed his taser and shocked Vasquez twice.
“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.”
The car lot’s manager, Larry Urich, told reporters that the incident made him sick and that he wants 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 goddam Nazi Stormtrooper.”
“There should have been an ambulance called for this elderly gentleman,” Urich added. “He should not have been handcuffed to go to the emergency room when he had not done anything wrong.”
Vasquez was taken to the hospital after back up arrived, then kept in custody for two hours, before being released without a citation. Robinson has been placed on administrative duty, pending an investigation.
Victoria police chief Chief J.J. Craig told the Victoria Advocate that the dashcam footage “raises some concerns.”
“Public trust is extremely important to us,” he said. “Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department.”
“I feel like my rights were violated,” Vasquez said. “The police department is supposed to train their police officers to be more conscientious and use common sense. I don’t think he had any.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.