Officer Abuses, Tases Elderly Man Over Expired Inspection Tags

Officer Abuses, Tases Elderly Man Over Expired Inspection Tags December 16, 2014

Here’s a stunning video of a cop in Texas pulling over a 76 year old man for having expired inspection tags on his car, for which he would get nothing but a ticket. The man was showing that the plates were from a dealership so they didn’t need the inspection tags when the cop suddenly, and inexplicably, grabs him, throws him to the ground and tases him twice.

Vasquez said that he explained that the car belonged to a car lot, and that the dealer tags made it exempt from having an inspection.

But dashcam video obtained by the paper shows Robinson using force to arrest Vasquez for what should have been a Class C misdemeanor. In the video, Vasquez pulls his arm away from Robinson, and the officer slams him into the hood of the patrol car. The two men disappear from camera range as Robinson places Vasquez in a hold, and then forces him to the ground.

According to police, Robinson shocked Vasquez with a Taser twice while he was on the ground.

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

Vasquez was placed in the patrol car, and then transported to Citizens Medical Center for treatment, where he spent the next two hours in police custody. He was eventually released with out being charged or cited.

Chief J.J. Craig offered a personal apology to Vasquez on Friday.

“Public trust is extremely important to us,” Craig explained. “Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department.”

“You want to make sure you give the right kind of person a badge and a gun,” he added.

So prove it. Not only should this officer be fired, he should be prosecuted for assault. There is absolutely no possible justification for what he did.

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