A Texas police officer is under investigation for possibly using excessive force on a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop (video below).
Officer Nathanial Robinson pulled over Pete Vasquez, 76, after spotting an expired inspection sticker on the car he was driving. Vasquez was driving the car back to a dealership where he works as a mechanic when Robinson pulled him over.
When Vasquez stepped out of the car, he told Robinson that there were dealer tags on the back of the car, making it exempt from inspection stickers, according to Raw Story.
Video from the dashboard camera in Robinson's patrol car shows him arresting Vasquez for the expired sticker. The two struggle as the officer tries to handcuff Vasquez and Robinson pulls him to the ground. At this point, the two men drift out of frame, but Robinson can be seen pointing a stun gun at Vasquez shortly after.
According to the Victoria Police Department, Robinson used his stun gun on Vasquez twice.
Vasquez was then handcuffed, placed in the police car and taken to a local hospital. He was later released from the hospital and was not charged with any crime.
"I told the officer, 'What in the hell are you doing? This gentleman is 76 years old,'" Larry Urich, a sales manager at the car lot, told the Victoria Advocate. "The cop told me to stand back, but I didn't shut up. I told him he was a g-------- Nazi Stormtrooper."
"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."
Victoria Police Chief J.J. Craig apologized to Vasquez following the incident.
"He didn't want me to think that all policemen are like that," Vasquez said of Craig's apology. "I said he's got a lot to do to prove to me that."