I Thought He Was Going To Pull His Gun And Shoot Me
23-year-old Officer Nathanial Robinson pulled over 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez works for a car lot, and was driving a car owned by his employer. Vasquez tried explaining to Robinson that dealer tags are exempt from inspection. That didn’t help. Robinson threw Vasquez on the hood of his cruiser and then took Vasquez to the ground. The dash cam caught the confrontation until Vasquez was on the ground. Out of the view of the dash cam, Robinson tazed Vasquez twice. Robinson is now on administrative leave.
“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 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.
Police Chief J.J. Craig offered a personal apology to Vasquez on Friday.
Larry Urich, who works as a sales manager at the car lot, told the Advocate that the officer should be both fired from the force and prosecuted for assault.
“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 goddamned Nazi Stormtrooper.”
Here’s the dash cam video. My question is, was Officer Robinson playing a Rap CD in his cruiser?