VICTORIA, Texas — At 76 years old, Pete Vasquez stands just 5-foot-5 and weighs a slight 145 pounds. Now he is at the center of a police dash cam video that is causing outrage.
The video shows officer Nathanial Robinson arresting Vasquez but in the process, suddenly throws the man onto the hood of the car, pulls him to the ground and uses a stun gun on him.
Vasquez say the officer acted more like a pit bull than an officer.
“I’m putting the handcuffs, put your hands on the back of your back, and I turn around and he pulled that Taser and he shot me with it and you know it looked like he’s enjoying that, you know,” Vasquez said.
“It sickens me,” witness Larry Urich said.
Urich watched from just a few feet away. He says the officer was questioning Vasquez about an expired inspection sticker on the car he was driving.
But he says when Vasquez tried to explain it was a dealer’s car with dealer plates and didn’t need an inspection sticker, the officer got angry and grabbed the elderly man’s arm to cuff him. When Fasquez pulled his arm back, he says the officer took him down.
“He grabbed Pete and tackled him,” Urich said. “Pete didn’t fall down, he was tackled, his head missing the curb by about that far. … And that’s when he Tasered him.”
Once down on the ground, Vasquez says the officer used a stun gun a second time because he didn’t get up fast enough.
“He ordered me to get up and get up, so he could put the handcuffs on me, and I couldn’t get up so he put his Taser and he did it again,” Vasquez said.
The officer has been placed on administrative duty while the department investigates the incident.